Roundup of Arkansas college sports.
Ratcliff to chair D-II committee
MONTICELLO — University of Arkansas at Monticello director of athletics Chris Ratcliff has been selected as the chairman of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Committee. The primary duties of the national committee include selecting teams for championship competition, determining the host institution of championship sites, providing oversight and supervision during championship competition, arranging officials for championship competition, revising and updating championship manuals and determining regional alignment and allocation of bids for championships. Ratcliff has served as a member of the national women’s basketball committee and chairman of the central regional advisory committee for the past three years. He has been the NCAA championship site coordinator for three women’s basketball regional tournaments. Ratcliff is in his eighth year as UAM’s athletic director and has been in Monticello since 2006 when he was hired as the sixth women’s basketball head coach in school history.
Henderson State, Southern Arkansas square off at Murphy USA Classic
ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State will travel to El Dorado to take part in the Eighth Annual Murphy USA Football Classic on Oct. 22 against Southern Arkansas with kickoff slated for 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Henderson will be making its third trip in four years to El Dorado with the Reddies having won both games in the annual event. Henderson first played in the Murphy USA Classic in 2013 when the Reddies faced Arkansas Tech. Henderson came away with a 45-14 victory over the Wonder Boys. Kevin Rodgers completed 19-of-31 passes, for 358 yards and three touchdown strikes in the victory over the Wonder Boys. Wide receiver Darius Davis had 156 yards on four receptions, including touchdown catches of 45 and 83 yards. The Reddie defense limited the Arkansas Tech offense to 306 yards of total offense. The Wonder Boys were held to 26 yards rushing on 29 attempts. Chris King led the Reddies with 11 tackles, including a pass breakup. The 2014 Murphy USA Classic was a game featured the two top offenses in the GAC and it lived up to the hype as Henderson beat Southern Arkansas 55-41 to win the Murphy USA Classic.
Hendrix opens online shop
CONWAY —The Hendrix College athletic department is proud to announce the first official online shop for the Warriors - HendrixWarriorsShop.com. The site will offer merchandise from companies such as Adidas, Columbia, and Under Armour. Many items are available, from t-shirts and jerseys to golf bags and cutting boards. A portion of the proceeds is returned back to Hendrix athletics. Warrior Booster Club members will get a 5% discount off of all merchandise.
LR’s Wodak runs for Canada at Olympics
LITTLE ROCK – The Trojan track team will be represented at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as former Little Rock distance runner Natasha Wodak has qualified to run the 10K race for her native Canada on Friday morning. Wodak, of Surrey, B.C., ran cross country and distance track races for Little Rock in 1999 and 2000. She is just the second ever Trojan to make the Olympics. Dawn Williams-Sewer was the first in 1996, running the 800 for Dominica. Despite not running for the Trojans in 16 years, Wodak’s name still appears in multiple places in the school’s record book. She was named All-Sun Belt in cross country in 1999 after placing ninth at the league’s championship meet. She also remains 17th all-time in program history in the cross country 5K with a time of 18:26 in September 2000. Wodak’s 3K time of 10:21.56 is also still the ninth-fastest time in program history outdoors. Since leaving Little Rock, Wodak has improved her 3K personal best (indoors) by more than a minute, racing to a finish of 9:02.57 in 2013. The 10K race in Rio is set to go off Friday at 9:10 a.m. central. The race will air live on NBC.