Track opens season with Arkansas Invite

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team begins its season on Friday afternoon at the Arkansas Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. Events begin at noon with finals starting at 6:00 p.m.

The Lady Razorbacks have been off since the end of November when the cross country team finished fifth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. That squad of freshmen and sophomores looks to be the backbone of a very strong group of young women who have their sights set on a Southeastern Conference Championship and more.

“This is a quality team that is perhaps our most balanced since 2000,” Arkansas Associate Head Coach Rolando Greene said. “We have a very strong distance team and the 4×400-meter relay ran the eighth fastest time in the world last spring. We also have pole vaulters and throwers who can all make an impact.”

The Lady Razorback distance team takes their first steps on the banked track of the Tyson Center focusing mainly on the 3,000-meter run while the sprint squad focuses on the 400 and relays. Each of the Lady Razorbacks’ four pole vaulters is scheduled to compete as well.

The Arkansas Invitational brings several schools from nearby states to the Randal Tyson Track Center including Baylor, Texas A&M, Kansas St., Oklahoma and Missouri Southern. While just 11 teams are schedule to be in attendance, the quality of competition should produce numerous NCAA qualifiers including a handful from Arkansas’ young roster. Of the 30 Lady Razorbacks scheduled to compete, 12 are donning the Cardinal and White of Arkansas for the first time in indoor track.

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