Sheet #7 - The NCAA Championships
The 2004 NCAA Championships: For
the fifth consecutive season, the University of Arkansas is proud to host
the NCAA Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships at the
Randal Tyson Track Center. The 2004 championships is the middle year of
a three-season contract that expires following the 2005 season. Upon completion
of the current contract, Arkansas will have hosted the meet for six consecutive
Arkansas' Participation: It looked dicey at first, but the Lady
Razorbacks put together some impressive numbers as they send six athletes
to the NCAA meet to compete seven times in four different events. The
Lady'Backs have two athletes competing in both the 60 and 200-meter dashes
and one in the 60-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay and pole vault.
Smallest Group, No Lack of Scoring: Despite bringing just six athletes,
a University of Arkansas low over the past several years, the Lady Razorbacks
are still looking to score big points and finish among the nation's elite
The Top 10: The University of Arkansas is seeking its fifth consecutive
and seventh overall top 10 finish at the 2004 NCAA Championships. With
89 women's teams participating at the meet, a top 10 finish is certainly
not something to scoff at.
Elite Company: Pop Quiz, how many women's teams have finished in
the top 10 at each of the past four NCAA Championships? Answer, two; name
them, UCLA and Arkansas. The Lady Razorbacks are in elite company as they
are just one of two schools to finish in the top 10 at each of the past
four NCAA Championships. Not even LSU who has won two national titles
during that time can make the same claim.
Last Season at the NCAA Championships: The Lady Razorbacks used
points from seven individuals to tally 22 and finish 10th at the 2003
NCAA Championships. Seniors Christin Wurth and April Steiner were the
big scorers with six a piece in the mile and pole vault, respectively.
Arkansas also tallied points from Londa Bevins, four, its distance medley
relay, four, Jessica Johnson, one, and Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln and Stacie
Manuel with one half each.
2003 NCAA Championship Results
Mar. 14-15 o Randal Tyson Track Center o Fayetteville, Ark.
The NCAA Schedule: For those that have attended the NCAA Championships
over the past several years, you might notice a change in the NCAA schedule.
While yes, some of the field events moved, the biggest change was the
addition of the combined events for both men and women. In order to preserve
the two-day nature of the meet, the combined events are scheduled to begin
in the morning of both Friday and Saturday. Friday's action starts at
9:00 a.m. at the Tyson Center with Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Arkansas' Competitors: A majority of the Lady Razorbacks are scheduled
to compete on Friday with only a few events on the docket for Saturday.
Arkansas' first event is the hurdles at 5:05 p.m., Friday, followed by
the pole vault at 5:35. The Lady'Backs continue with the 60-meter dash
at 6:15 and the 200 prelims at 7:20. The evening concludes with the 60-meter
hurdle finals and 200-meter dash finals, if Arkansas is fortunate to move
on, at 8:10 and 8:50, respectively. Saturday's action potentially begins
at 7:15 p.m. with the 60-meter finals and concludes with the 4x400-meter
relay at 8:05 p.m.
The Trackwire Ranking: The first Trackwire ranking of the season
placed the Lady Razorbacks sixth in the nation. Since then, the Lady Razorbacks
fell out of the top 10 and are currently ranked 12th with 18 potential
points. Arkansas is tied with Miami (Fla.) for the 12 spot, but is just
four points from the top 10. The Trackwire prognosticators only predict
Arkansas sprinting ace Veronica Campbell to score, but Arkansas always
seems to get more points at home.
||6th, 29 pts.
||9th, 23 pts.
||T10th, 22 pts.
||11th, 20 pts.
||11th, 20 pts.
||13th 20 pts.
||12th, 20 pts.
||T11th, 23 pts.
||T12th, 18 pts.
Trackshark: Arkansas opened the year ranked 15th in the Trackshark
rankings, but dropped after the second rankings were released to 22nd.
Back in the top 20 at 19th, soon after, Arkansas enters the NCAA Championships
at 11th after their SEC Championships performance. Trackshark ranks teams
based on other polls, rankings and scored competitions.
The USTCA Power Rankings: The United States Track Coaches Association
also has a rankings system, but theirs is based solely on performance.
The USTCA tracks the top two competitors in every event and assigns a
numeric value to that performance. The sum of the performances ranks the
team. The Lady Razorbacks opened the year 13th, and after falling to 23rd
end the 2004 season ranked ninth in the land.
Fastest in the World, Again: Junior Veronica Campbell is currently
the fastest 200-meter runner in the world, again. The Jamaica native scorched
the Randal Tyson Track Center surface for a time of 22.51 which blew away
the fastest time in the world set by Ivet Lolova at 22.87.
Still the One: Shania Twain made the verse famous, but Veronica
Campbell is living it. Even after the completion of the 2004 IAAF World
Indoor Championships, Veronica Campbell still holds the number one time
in the world this year for 200 meters.
Second Fastest Collegiate Time: Veronica Campbell's 22.51 at the
Tyson Foods Inc., Invitational is the second fastest collegiate time ever
behind Muna Lee's (LSU) time of 22.49 which she set at the NCAA Championships
29th Fastest Ever: Not just the fastest in the world in 2004,
or the second fastest collegiate time ever, Veronica Campbell's 22.51
is also the 29th fastest time ever on an indoor track. Campbell held the
44th fastest time ever, prior to this season, with her mark of 22.63 which
she ran last year at the Tyson Invitational.
And By the Way: In case it hasn't been obvious, Veronica Campbell's
run of 22.51 at the Tyson Invitational is also the Arkansas school record,
breaking her own mark of 23.28. Campbell's time is more than one and a
half seconds faster than Arkansas' school record heading into the 2004
season, 24.06 by Gi-Gi Miller in 2000.
Unbeaten: Veronica Campbell seems to like the 200 meters more than
the 60 and looking at the results, one can tell. Campbell is unbeaten
in preliminary or finals action at the distance running the race four
times this indoor season and blowing away the competition in each race.
SEC Champion: She didn't break her season best, but Veronica Campbell's
200-meter time of 22.67 at the SEC Championships was good enough to win
in convincing fashion. She breezed past a world class field that included
defending national champion and collegiate record holder Muna Lee of LSU.
SEC Record Holder: Veronica Campbell's 200-meter time at the SEC
Championships of 22.67 was astonishing to watch, but it also destroyed
the SEC Championship record for the event by two-tenths of a second. The
record had been held by LSU's Dawn Sowell (22.87) which she set in 1989.
USTCA Regional Athlete of the Year: Veronica Campbell's performances
have been so awe-inspiring that she was named the United States Track
Coaches Association's South Central Region Track Athlete of the Year.
Silver Medalist: We mention it in the media guide, but it is worth
mentioning again. Veronica Campbell is also an Olympic silver medalist
in the 4x100-meter relay for her native Jamaica from the Sydney Olympic
The Campbell Numbers to Watch: It is safe to say that with talent
like Veronica Campbell's one should constantly be on the lookout for falling
records. In the 60 meters, Campbell torched Arkansas' school record of
7.26 by former Lady'Backs Elisha Brewer and Kyla Shoemake, but is still
in search of the 2004 SEC and collegiate best of Muna Lee of LSU, 7.17,
and the world best of Yuliya Tabakova of Russia, 7.06. In the 200, Campbell
has the UA record at 22.51, as well as the 2004 SEC, collegiate and world
The SEC Championships: The Lady Razorbacks struggled at the Southeastern
Conference Championships, finishing sixth overall, their worst finish
at the indoor meet since 1997. Veronica Campbell picked up the Lady'Backs
lone victory in the 200 meters while Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln finished
as the SEC runner-up in the pole vault. The Lady'Backs 50.5 points are
its second worst ever since joining the SEC.
Breaking a Streak: Arkansas' disappointing finish at the 2004 SEC
Championships snapped a streak of 13 consecutive conference meets in which
the Lady Razorbacks finished in the top three. The string of top performances
was the longest in SEC history, edging Florida and Alabama who each had
streaks of 10.
The Grizzled Veteran: Senior Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln is no stranger
to the NCAA Championships. She was a competitor last season and has been
on the bubble to attend the two seasons prior to her junior year. The
pole vault all-American continues to improve with each week and had her
best performance of the season at the SEC Championships.
Name Change: Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln is not a new person on Arkansas'
roster. She was Jennifer Culp last season, an all-American in the pole
vault when she finished tied for eighth at the NCAA Championships. Arkansas'
veteran was married over the summer to former Razorback national champion
Daniel Lincoln, but keeps Culp in her name for recognition purposes.
Last Year at the NCAA Championships: Jennifer Lincoln is the only
member of Arkansas' 2004 NCAA contingent that competed at the championships
last season. At the meet, Lincoln tied for eighth with teammate Stacie
Manuel as each cleared 13 feet, 3.5 inches. While not quite her career
best, the height was good enough to earn all-America honors and pick up
a half point for the Lady Razorbacks.
SEC Runner-Up, Again: Jennifer Lincoln seems to always be the bridesmaid,
but never the bride when it comes to her pole vaulting. At the 2004 SEC
Championships, Lincoln finished second to Georgia's Fanni Juhasz to take
her third SEC runner-up honor in seven competitions.
Tyson Center Crowds: The Randal Tyson Track Center has been the
home to some of the most spectacular track and field competitions ever
and the crowds were there at every step. With a capacity of over 5,000,
the University has seen crowds in excess of that eight times in four-plus
Williams Coming on Strong: Junior Kasia Williams entered the 2004
indoor season with a career best of 8.51 in the 60-meter hurdles and has
been improving every week. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native has dropped her
hurdles mark to an astounding converted time of 8.19 that placed her 11th
in the nation in the event.
Nearly Setting the Record: Kasia Williams' time of 7.65 in the
55-meter hurdles at the Florida Fast Times Last Chance competition nearly
eclipsed the Arkansas record for the event, but was a scant 0.02 seconds
shy of the mark. Former Lady Razorback hurdles all-American Kyla Shoemake
ran 7.63 back in 1998 to hold the University record.
Sixth at the SEC Championships: The Southeastern Conference is
one of, if not, the toughest track and field leagues in the nation and
the 60-meter hurdles final is proof. Kasia Williams holds the 11th fastest
time in the country for the hurdles yet only managed a sixth-place finish
at the SEC Championships.
Better With Each Race: Perhaps Associate Head Track Coach Rolando
Greene can sense something that mainstream society can't, but its working
so far. Greene has worked Kasia Williams very hard this season as she
has competed in more races than any other Lady'Back. The method seems
to be working as Williams just posted her career best in the hurdles and
could be a threat to pick up points at the NCAA meet.
National Championships Scoring: The Lady Razorbacks have had a
long legacy of picking up quality points at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Atop the list of points scored in Arkansas history is the tandem of Tracy
Robertson and Amy Yoder Begley who each tallied 24.5 during their illustrious
careers. To crack the top 10, individuals must score at least 9.75 points.
Mitchell Makes Her Move: junior Kerri-Ann Mitchell has turned the
corner in her training this season as evidenced by her astonishing times
in both the 60 and 400-meter dashes. Mitchell was predominantly a short
sprinter and jumper for the past two seasons, but Arkansas Associate Head
Coach Rolando Greene saw something in her and moved her to the 400. The
move worked as Mitchell qualified for the NCAA Championships in both events,
400 first, and competes at the meet in the 60 and 4x4 relay.
Fifth Fastest: Prior to the SEC Championships and teammate Veronica
Campbell's unprecedented times, Kerri-Ann Mitchell had tied for the fifth
fastest 60-meter time in Arkansas history at 7.39. She now resides at
tied for seventh.
Third Fastest 400: Kerri-Ann Mitchell's open 400 meter time of
54.04 was no fluke to Arkansas' coaching staff as the Canadian junior
clocked the third fastest mark in Lady Razorback history for the event.
Mitchell had showed that kind of speed and versatility as a 4x400-meter
relay member and now has the individual stat to prove it.
Nursing: The Lady Razorbacks hope that Kerri-Ann Mitchell has made
a full recovery from the ailment that kept her from performing at her
best at the SEC Championships. With nearly two weeks of recovery time,
Mitchell should be able to stand up to the rigors of potentially three
races in two days.
Moore to Compete in 200: Entering the NCAA Championships with the
26th fastest time in the nation, junior LaShaunte'a Moore didn't think
that she would be competing for a national championship in the 200-meter
dash, but thanks to some scratches and a little luck, that is exactly
what she'll do. Moore moved up from 26 to 19 on the descending order list
after scratches were removed and was invited to compete at nationals in
the open race.
One of Arkansas' Fastest: Any time one is racing Veronica Campbell,
you have to try and look at some other numbers to get a fair comparison.
LaShaunte'a Moore qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200 meters
with a time of 23.76, a mark that would be an Arkansas school record if
it were not for her speedster teammate. Moore holds the fifth fastest
time in school history for 200 meters.
Conference Champions: The Lady Razorbacks have had a long and proud
history when it comes to track and field and their 47 indoor conference
champions are a testament to that. Winning multiple indoor conference
crowns nearly every year since 1998, the Lady Razorbacks have been especially
successful in the toughest track & field conference in the nation as they
have taken 36 of their 43 individual conference honors since joining the
SEC in 1992. The last time a Lady Razorback did not win at least one conference
4x4 Goes Again: The Lady Razorbacks began the season with a 'B'
relay and nearly qualified for the NCAA Championships. Once they put the
'A' team on the track, everyone took notice as the team of Kerri-Ann Mitchell,
Veronica Campbell, Aneita Denton and LaShaunte'a Moore posted the seventh-fastest
time in the nation. Running 3:36.21, the Lady'Backs broke Arkansas' school
record in the event and could challenge for all-American honors at the
Denton Returns to Action: Junior Aneita Denton spent most of the
indoor track season sick, but has recovered from her early illness and
become a key contributor on Arkansas' 4x400-meter relay. After a return
from the hospital and several weeks off, Denton has consistently split
54 seconds for her leg of the relay and should be able to run faster now
that she has more training under her belt.
Returning all-Americans: The Lady Razorbacks return five all-Americans
to their indoor roster with another two getting added outdoors. Arkansas'
indoor all-Americans include Dawnyell Fletcher (two times), Jennifer Lincoln
(one time), Stacie Manuel (one time), Erica Sigmont (four times) and Jamie
Walker (one time). Joining the Lady'Backs between seasons are Londa Bevins
(five times) and Jessica Johnson (two times).