Take to the Road
- The 10th-ranked University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track and field
team takes to the road for the first time in 2004 when they travel to
Norman, Okla., to compete at the J.D. Martin Invitational at the University
Competition at the Mosier Indoor Center is
scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with field events and running events start
at 12:30 p.m. The schedule is rolling and will run as fast as the athletes
can get prepared for their races.
As a team, the Lady Razorbacks improved tremendously
between weeks one and two of the season and hope that another week brings
even better marks. With one automatic NCAA qualifier, Arkansas is counting
on its limited competition squad this weekend to provide maximum results.
"I think that even though we are resting some
people for next weekend, we still have a very potent team going to Oklahoma,"
Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. "Almost all of our sprinters are
traveling and each has been knocking on the door for a qualifier. Erin
Anderson is ready to make a breakthrough in the pole vault and we have
some younger distance runners that are at a place in their training that
they should improve even more."
The Lady Razorback coaching staff is eager
to see what junior Aneita Denton and senior all-American Dawnyell Fletcher
can accomplish during Saturday's competition. Both are making their 2004
debuts in an off event, the 600-yard run, which is only slightly shorter
than their main event, the 800 meters. Also returning to action is sprinter
LaShaunte'a Moore who ran the third fastest time in Lady Razorback history
in the 60-meter dash in her opening competition, but sat out last weekend
as a precaution following a minor traffic accident.
Last season, the Lady Razorbacks returned
from the J.D. Martin Invitational gloating thanks to several tremendous
marks and a school record. Arkansas posted four NCAA qualifiers at the
meet and former Lady Razorback April Steiner eclipsed her own vaulting
record. While the Lady'Backs may be hard pressed to repeat the performance,
Arkansas' coaches feel that nothing is impossible.
"To look at the improvements from week one
to week two, I would say that this could be an even more productive weekend
for us than it was last year," Harter said.