Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Arkansas to host NCAA track, gymnastics events
Robbie Hanner with The Sign Factory in Fayetteville, works on preparing an NCAA sign to hang up at the Tyson Indoor Track Facility. Arkansas hosted the 2013 NCAA Track and Field championships.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas will host a pair of NCAA running events in the next two years.
The NCAA announced Fayetteville as the host site for the NCAA South Central Cross Country Regional in 2014 and the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships. The NCAA also Wednesday announced Arkansas as the host site for cross country regionals in 2016 and gymnastics regionals in 2017 in addition to the one it is scheduled to host next spring.
The indoor championships will be held in Fayetteville for the 12th time since the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center was built in 2000. Arkansas won the NCAA title hosting the event earlier this year.
Since joining the SEC in 1992, the Razorbacks have hosted 81 SEC or NCAA events in cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field. The gymnastics regional will be held at Barnhill Arena for the fifth time.
The NCAA also announced Wednesday that Oregon's Hayward Field will be the host site for the outdoor championships through 2021.