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1997 Indoor Track Schedule

 January
 17 Razorback Invitational Fayetteville
24 Arkansas Invitational Fayetteville
February
 1 UA/Nebraska/Kansas St. Lincoln, Neb.
8 Cannon Classic Indianapolis, Ind.
21-22 SEC Championships Gainesville, Fla.
 March
1 National Qualifier Meet Fayetteville
7-8 NCAA Championships Indianapolis, Ind.


1997 Outdoor Track Schedule

 April
4-5 Texas Relay Austin, Texas
12 Tyson Invitational Fayetteville
19-20 Mt. SAC Relays Walnut, Calif.
25-26 Penn Relays Philadelphia
May
3 Queen City Invitational Springfield, Mo.
15-18 SEC Championships Auburn, Ala.
24 Last Chance Meet TBA
 June
4-7 NCAA Championships Bloomington, Ind.


Coach John McDonnell -- A Legend in His Own Time

Arkansas track and field coach John McDonnell has formed the greatest dynasty in the history of collegiate athletics. Under McDonnell, the Razorbacks have rewritten the record book for NCAA titles.

McDonnell has accumulated 26 National Championships (8 cross country, 12 indoor, and 6 outdoor) the most by any coach in any sport, and has established himself as the winningest coach in the history of Division I athletics.

John McDonnellArkansas is one of two schools to capture track and field's "triple crown" in the history of the NCAA. The Razorbacks have taken home a Cross Country National Championship eight times. They have also not finished worse than 10th in the country since 1979. Prior to moving to the Southeastern Conference, McDonnell's teams won 37 Southwest Conference titles, including 17 straight Cross Country crowns.


McDonnell began his career at Arkansas in 1972 when the late George Cole, then director of athletics, hired McDonnell from a high school coaching position in Louisiana. He worked as the head cross country coach and assistant track coach for six years before being named head track coach in 1978. He made an immediate impact at Arkansas when he coached his first cross country team to a fourth-place conference finish. This act earned him the first of 21 District VI Coach of the Year Awards.


Born on July 2, 1938 in County Mayo, Ireland, McDonnell came to the United States in 1964 to work as a television cameraman for the Soupy Sales Show in New York City. He decided to attend the University of Southwestern Louisiana and continue his running career. While at USL, he was a six-time all-American in Cross Country and track. McDonnell was the 1966-67 AAU 3000-meter champion and won the mile run at the 1966 British Selection Games. He is a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the USL Sports Hall of Fame.

McDonnell was granted American citizenship in 1969, the same year he graduated from USL. He is married to the former Ellen Elias of Bayonne, N.J. They have two children -- Heather, age 17, and Sean, age 12. In his free time, McDonnell enjoys working on his cattle ranch outside Fairland, Oklahoma.


McDonnell's Milestones

* Winner of 26 National Championships since 1984 (8 cross country, 12 indoor track, 6 outdoor track).

* No other coach in the history of Division I men's collegiate athletics has won as many National Championships (26) in any sport as McDonnell. Second on the all-time list is 17 national titles.

McDonnell Photo* His teams have won three straight National Triple Crowns (1991-94) and four total in school history. Only one team has ever won three straight NCAA triple crowns and no school has ever totaled four.

* Has won 12 Conference Triple Crowns since 1982.

* Has won 12 consecutive NCAA indoor track titles (1984-1992). No school in any sport in the history of Division I athletics has won 10 consecutive championships.

* Coached his cross country team to national titles four of the last six years.

* Every school outdoor and indoor track record is held by a McDonnell recruit.

* Coached individuals and relay teams that currently hold six collegiate records.

* His 1994 Razorback team holds the distinction of winning the NCAA Cross Country and Indoor Championships by the greatest margin in history. The NCAA Indoor Championship team also scored the most points (94) in the 29-year history of the championships, while the NCAA outdoor squad tallied the fifth history point total (83) under the current scoring system.

* His 1993-94 team broke the 19-year-old record for most points scored at a SEC Outdoor Championship when they tallied 223 points.

* Is a member of the Arkansas and Southwestern Louisiana Sports Halls of Fame.

* A member of the Arkansas Hall of Honor.


UA Track Facts

National Triple Crowns: 4 (1984-85, 91-94)
NCAA Cross Country Titles: 8 (1984, 86-87, 90-93, 95)
NCAA Indoor Titles: 12 (1984-95)
NCAA Outdoor Titles: 6 (1985, 92-96)
SEC Triple Crowns: 4 (1991-95)
SEC Cross Country Titles: 6 (1991-96)
SEC Indoor Titles: 4 (1992-95)
SEC Outdoor Titles: 5 (1992-96)
SWC Cross Country Titles: 24 (1950-51, 56-59, 66, 74-90)
SWC Indoor Titles: 12 (1979, 81-91)
SWC Outdoor Titles: 8 (1982-85, 88-91)

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