FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Set to host eight collegiate meets at the Randal Tyson Track Center and John McDonnell Field during the upcoming season, the 2016 SEC Indoor Championships will be the highlight of the Arkansas women’s track and field home line-up.
The defending indoor national champions first hosted the SEC indoor championships in 2000 which saw the program finish first in front of their home crowd with a final score of 140 to top Florida. Over the past 16 years the Track Capital of the World has played host to the indoor conference meet on seven different occasions (2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013).
Last year’s SEC Indoor Championship saw the Razorbacks collect their second SEC title of the year following the cross country team’s second-consecutive conference victory.
Arkansas will open up their indoor season at the Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 15 making stops at the New Mexico Invitational and Indiana’s Gladstein Invitational Jan. 22-23 before closing out the month at home with the Razorback Invitational Jan. 29-30.
The Razorbacks travel to College Station for the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational on Feb. 5-6, return home for the prestigious Tyson Invitational Feb. 12-13, capping the regular season at the Arkansas qualifier and Alex Wilson Invitational Feb. 19.
Arkansas will look to repeat as SEC indoor (Feb. 26-27) and NCAA indoor (March 11-12) champions playing host to the former and travelling to Birmingham, Ala. for the national meet.
“With our combination of experienced returners and naturally gifted newcomers we have potential to remain as one of the premier teams in the country,” said head coach Lance Harter. “Our schedule reflects the preparation our athletes will undergo in our pursuit of championship success.”
The 2016 outdoor season will kick off at the Arkansas Spring Invitational March 26 and will be followed by competition at the Texas Relays and the Stanford Invitational April 1-2.
The remainder of the regular season will see the Razorbacks compete at the Mt. Sac Relays and Texas Invitational April 15-16, John McDonnell Invitational April 22-23, LSU Invitational April 29-30, Payton Jordan Invitational April 30 and the Arkansas Twilight May 6.
Alabama will host the 2016 SEC Outdoor Championships set to take place May 12-14.
Arkansas captured their third SEC Triple Crown in Starkville, Miss. at last year’s SEC outdoor championships led by redshirt senior Dominique Scott who won the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs to earn 20 points toward the team total.
The Razorbacks will journey to Lawrence, Kan. for the NCAA west preliminary round May 26-28 and return to Eugene, Ore. to close out the collegiate season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 8-11.
Athletes who qualify will continue their season at either the USATF Junior Championships (location to be announced) June 24-25 or at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene from July 1-10.
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