Nate Allen is a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Allen is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and voter for the Heisman Trophy. He has authored three books about the Razorbacks.
Arkansas has tough task in Eugene
Arkansas jumper Anthony May competes in the high jump during the NCAA Track & Field West Preliminaries on Friday, May 30, 2014 at John McDonnell field in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Oregon, Florida and Texas A&M rank 1-2-3 and Arkansas is fourth going into the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held Wednesday through Saturday next week in Eugene, Ore.
Still, Arkansas Coach Chris Bucknam concedes nothing. His Razorbacks added an NCAA Indoor title to Arkansas’ trophy case in 2013 to go with the 40 official NCAA titles John McDonnell’s teams won before him, and Bucknam has led Arkansas to closes finishes indoors and outdoors starting with the 2012 NCAA outdoor season.
“What we stress to our team is our expectation is to win regardless of what it looks like on paper,” Bucknam said. “We are in the mix. Look at the last four [NCAA Outdoor and Indoor] championships we have been involved in. Second, second, third and first. The biggest margin was the one we won [74-59 over Florida]. The three others for us have been by seven points or less from three other national titles.”