SEC Outdoors in Fayetteville this weekend

Arkansas’ women are the favorite to win. The men would have to pull an upset to top Florida, LSU and Texas A&M.

Because the outdoors rotate to all SEC schools (unlike indoors), Arkansas won’t host another SEC outdoor meet until 2033. This will be only the third SEC outdoor meet the Razorbacks have hosted.

And because of the NCAA’s infatuation with Oregon, the NCAA meet may never come back to Fayetteville. So if you want to see high-level outdoor track in Fayetteville, this is the weekend to do it.

Bob Holt has written a couple of good features on athletes who are expected to perform well this week.

Payton Chadwick: … -20190507/

Gabe Moore: … -past-201/

This will also be the final home meet for the pole vault twins, Lexi Jacobus and Tori Hoggard.

The one to watch is Janeek Brown. She has the potential to be the Omar McLeod on the women’s side. She is a Jamaican just like Omar and is on the same track for greatness.

She is going to be someone I am going to have to put up with in watching take medals away from the Americans at the international level.

It’s only going to get worse once Oregon finishes the re-do at Hayward Field. If we’re ever going to get NCAAs back again, we’ll need a huge investment at McDonnell Track, and I don’t see that happening.

Not only will the NCAAs probably be at Eugene for the foreseeable future, but so will the Olympic Trials.