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Fans Proclaim Fayetteville as Track Capital of the World

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 8:49 pm

Arkansas won its 14th Southeastern Conference triple crown in the 2012-2013 season, setting a new conference record ahead of Tennessee.

 

“Despite only being in the conference for a little more than two decades, Arkansas has won 14 triple crowns in 22 years,” said Kevin Trainor, associate athletic director. “By comparison, Tennessee won 13 in the previous 55 years in the conference. Florida is the only other school to win an SEC triple crown, and they have done it once.”

 

Goals remain the same for the Razorback track teams, whether it be for cross country, indoor or outdoor track.

 

“Each year, the men’s and women’s track and field teams begin the season with the goal of winning both a Southeastern Conference championship and the NCAA Championship,” Trainor said.

 

The success of the Razorback track program and the many world-class track events held in Fayetteville each year, has earned Fayetteville the title of Track Capital of the World. While the moniker is self-proclaimed and the title is not official, it has been used on signage entering Fayetteville to celebrate the great track and field tradition.

 

The Razorbacks success in the sport has generated much praise.

 

“When you think of the effort is takes to win just one conference title, it is amazing to consider winning the championship in the nation’s most competitive conference in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field,” Trainor said.

 

For track meet days, parking regulations have not changed. Public parking will be available Fridays for home meets in Lot 72, according to the Razorback Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field A-Z Fan Guide. Parking maps may be accessed on the Transit and Parking website.

 

Track meets are easily accessible to students because of free admission.

 

“It’s always enjoyable for me to go to track meets,” junior Derek Daniels said. “The team is always good year after year, so it’s fun to watch. It’s nice to watch events, such as the hurdles, that I did in my high school days on the track team, and, it’s also nice that the students get in for free.”

 

While football seems to dominate Razorback fandom, the Hogs’ track and field program has generated a following beyond the state of Arkansas.

 

“In general, college football has more of a national following than collegiate track and field,” Trainor said. “However, because of the tremendous success of both the University of Arkansas’ men’s and women’s programs and the regularly hosting of championship events, Razorback track and field has a wide local, regional and national following.”

 

Students recognize that credit is due toward the successful program.

 

“Everyone pays attention to the other sports, but our track program is really excellent,” Daniels said.

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