Razorback Track Readies for NCAA Championship

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Arkansas men and women’s track teams are sending 27 qualifiers to the NCAA championships next week. The men go in ranked No. 6, and women No. 2, but everyone is confident they can come out on top of the podium.

“I think we’re very confident,” senior Nathanael Franks said. “We have a realistic chance to score high as a team, and that’s what we’re going there to do.”

“We are all very confident going into nationals,” senior Sandi Morris said. “You know indoor really set up us to be really confident.”

That indoor national championship for the women has all eyes on them.

“But, you still have to know that you have to go out and get things done. You can’t let your guard down. We have a big target on our backs because we are Arkansas,” Morris said.

Just because they are more than 2,000 miles away from Hog country, doesn’t mean they won’t use that as motivation.

“We just have to use the home crowd to our advantage as well,” senior Kemoy Campbell said. “They might be cheering for Oregon, but you can just use that as motivation to know you have to beat the Oregon guys.”

But, both teams know they are still going to have to work to come out winners in Eugene.

“We have no illusions we are going to walk in there and steal the show,” men’s coach Chris Bucknam said. “We know there are a lot of great athletes from a lot of schools there that are going to dictate. But, we’re confident in the fact that we’ve survived the gauntlet of the SEC and the first round of the west preliminary rounds.”

Now, it’s all up to them.

“We just got to keep doing what we’re doing and see what the points it brings,” Bucknam said.