FAYETTEVILLE – Senior Jodi Unger of the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team was named to the Southeastern Conference Track & Field Good Works Team on Tuesday, the eve of the NCAA Championships which take place in Sacramento, Calif.
The NCAA meet takes place at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State University, Wednesday, June 6 through Saturday, June 9, and 15 Lady Razorbacks are ready to compete at the national championship, Arkansas’ largest contingent ever.
“We are excited about the NCAA Championships, but even more excited for Jodi,” Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. “Over the course of her career, Jodi has grown as an athlete and as a person and we will miss her leadership next year. To have someone of her athletic ability also be a contributor to the community and be a model student-athlete is something special. This award couldn’t go to a more deserving individual.”
Unger’s career on the pole vault runway has included three all-America honors, a Southeastern Conference championship, three SEC runner-up finishes, an SEC Championship record, a NCAA Mideast Region title and a Penn Relays victory. Outside the competition arena, Unger has been involved with the Sweat Hogs program, volunteered with Arkansas Athletes Outreach and traveled to Honduras to assist with the building of homes and distributing medicine.
Unger’s Lady Razorback career concludes this weekend with the NCAA Championships where she looks to earn her second outdoor all-America honor. The fifth-place finisher at the 2006 championships, Unger is on the verge of becoming Arkansas’ greatest pole vaulter. Her quest for that distinction begins at 3:00 p.m. pacific on Wednesday with the qualifying round of the pole vault.
Wednesday’s action at the NCAA Championships begins with the pole vault and continues throughout the evening with the 100-meter hurdles, 400 meters and 5,000 meters. Eight Lady Razorbacks begin Wednesday with another the remainder making their debut on Thursday with the heptathlon, 200 meters, javelin, 1,500, 4×400-meter relay and 10,000 meters. Friday and Saturday host the continuing rounds and finals of each event.
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