Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Gym'Backs quickly regroup after cancelation
Arkansas gymnast Kennedy Hambrick competes against Auburn during an NCAA gymnastics meet on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas will try a second time to get in a dual meet on a snow-capped weekend today. The No. 13 Razorbacks are scheduled to host Southeast Missouri State at 2 p.m. today at Barnhill Arena.
Arkansas (1-2) moved quickly to set up the meet with the Redhawks (0-5) after Friday’s scheduled meet against West Virginia was canceled due to travel difficulties for the Mountaineers.
The Razorbacks have had a strange opening to their season, with a road meet at LSU postponed two weeks ago due to covid issues within the Arkansas program. Arkansas hit big with a 197.2 in a loss to Auburn in its last appearance at Barnhill Arena on Jan. 14. That marked the earliest 197 in a season in program history for third-year Coach Jordyn Wieber’s team.
The Razorbacks are coming off a cold and hot performance in a loss at No. 4 Florida last weekend. Arkansas had an inconsistent first half of the meet and fell behind big heading into the third rotation. However, after a solid performance on the floor exercise, the Razorbacks turned in a school record 49.475 on the balance beam.
“I just want to see a level of consistency in all four events and just put it all together in one meet,” Wieber said on Thursday.
SEMO is off to a rough start after winning the 2021 USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate national title with a 195.025. The Redhawks served as hosts for the meet last April 10. SEMO’s top score this season has been a 193.375 in the Tennessee Collegiate Classic on Jan. 21.
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