Razorbacks in Rio
The University of Arkansas has more athletes participating in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro than many countries and among the roster of Razorbacks are scholastic all-stars.
Seventeen current and former members of the Arkansas men’s and women’s track and field and golf programs are competing for their individual countries. The track and field competitions began Friday and go into full swing this week.
Arkansas’ track and field program is one of the top in the country, with women’s track clinching the NCAA title this year and the men’s program ranked among the top three in the nation.
The program tops the nation in academic rankings as well, with the women’s track and field team being named Indoor Scholar Team of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association for having the highest team GPA of the teams at the NCAA Division I Championships.
Pole vault powerhouse Lexi Weeks, who topped Arkansas’ scholarly roster as Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Field-Athlete of the Year, is part of the U of A’s Olympians representing Team USA. She is a graduate of Cabot High School and holds a 4.0 as a chemistry major. Sandi Morris, who joins Weeks on the Olympic pole vault team, received the honor last year.
Arkansas at the Olympics by the numbers
- 18 – Medals earned at the Games
- 15 – Different event entries in 2016
- 10 – Razorback NCAA National Champions in Rio
- 9 – Streak of Olympic Games with Arkansas track and field representation
- 6 – Members of coaching staff with one or more athletes competing
- 5 – Most medals won at one Olympic Games
- 3 – 2016 World Leaders