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New track coach making own mark at Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Less than a year after taking over Arkansas' storied track and field program, Chris Bucknam hopes to win his first national title for the Razorbacks when they host the NCAA championships.

Bucknam follows John McDonnell, who retired after leading the Hogs to 40 national championships in track and field and cross country. Although he admits there's plenty of pressure, Bucknam is doing his best not to dwell on the big expectations.

The Arkansas men are ranked fourth nationally entering this week's meet, which starts Wednesday.

Lady Vol Bowman runs for 1 last NCAA title

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Stepping onto the track for the NCAA championship indoor mile race, Tennessee's Sarah Bowman noticed a competitor's shoe. It said "Guts equals Glory."

Bowman used that as motivation as she ran her way to a national title in the March race, just a day after anchoring a world-record run with her teammates in the distance medley relay championship. The wins earned Tennessee its second overall national title.

On Thursday, Bowman will run for one more national title in the 1500m at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championship in Fayetteville, Ark., in her final race of a stellar collegiate career.

Bowman has been named either a track and field or cross country All-American nine times and was part of the Tennessee 4-x-1500 meter relay team that set a world record and pulled a rare trifecta in the distance races at the prestigious Penn Relays in April.

Report: Vorsanger retiring as Walton Arena chief

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas is going to have to hire a new manager for Walton Arena.

The Northwest Arkansas Times reported Tuesday that Fred Vorsanger will leave as arena manager and take a job with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

Vorsanger has been the only manager of Walton Arena since it opened in 1994. Vorsanger is a former UA vice president, and he has served as Fayetteville mayor and as an alderman.

Information from: Northwest Arkansas Times, http://www.nwanews.com/times/

AAA board comes out against proposal that would separate private schools for playoffs

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The board of the Arkansas Activities Association recommended Tuesday that member schools reject a proposal that would order private schools to compete for separate championships.

Lance Taylor, the AAA's executive director, said the board voted 16-3 to attach a do-not-pass recommendation to that proposal. The board's vote is largely symbolic. The AAA's full governing body will vote on the proposal in August.

The proposal, supported by the Berryville and Harrison school districts, would separate private schools for postseason play. Private schools would still play public schools during the regular season.

Hot Springs keeps high school hoops championships

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Hot Springs will remain the site for Arkansas' high school basketball championships through 2012.

The Arkansas Activities Association agreed in 2006 to hold hoops championships in Hot Springs from 2007 through 2009. The organization voted Tuesday to extend the contract for another three years.

Average yearly attendance for the championships at the Summit Arena has been 58,389. Attendance this year was 64,194.

Hot Springs is also home to the Sun Belt Conference basketball tournament through 2011.

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