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Moore Shines in Opener, Lady'Backs Look Strong
LaShaunte'a Moore        FAYETTEVILLE - It was a grand opening for junior LaShaunte'a Moore and the rest of the sixth-ranked University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team on Friday night when they opened the 2004 indoor track season at the Arkansas Invitational in the Randal Tyson Track Center.
        Moore began her Lady Razorback career by posting the third fastest 60-meter dash mark in Arkansas history, tying teammate Kerri-Ann Mitchell on the career charts. Taking the race out quickly, Moore cruised to a 7.45 mark in her first collegiate race since transferring from Barton County Community College and joining Arkansas at the semester.
        "I think that LaShaunte'a really made a name for herself tonight," Arkansas head track coach Lance Harter said. "As a team we performed well and were able to accomplish some things, but we still have a lot in the tank and I think that we are only touching the surface right now. It was a good opener."
        Following Moore's stellar preliminaries performance, which coincidentally was one-hundredth of a second off the NCAA provisional standard, she returned to action in the finals with a fourth-place finish.
        "We have been training with a lot of volume this week," Associate head coach and sprints coach Rolando Greene said. "The sprinter's legs are a little tired from all the work ,so to see that kind of performance after a week like we've had is very encouraging."
Jennifer Lincoln        In the pole vault, senior Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln and junior Erin Anderson spent a lot of time waiting, but entered the competition after the rest of the field was finished, then tied for the championship in the event by clearing identical heights of 12 feet, 7.5 inches. Lady Razorback freshman Jodi Driggers finished fifth in the competition while senior Ashley Sutton finished tied for sixth.
        Arkansas concluded the day with a spectacular 4x400-meter relay. Starting off with a solid leg in Mitchell, the Lady'Backs handed off to junior college transfer Veronica Campbell who completed her two-laps in an awe-inspiring 52 seconds. Campbell handed off to Moore who had another great split before Shaneatra Neely completed the race. Arkansas' time of 3:41.27 was also a near NCAA qualifier, but more importantly showed the defending NCAA third-place team that the Lady Razorback sprinters could run with the nation's best.
        The 3,000-meter run saw three Lady Razorbacks take center stage, with freshman Kristina Smith finishing third with a solid time of 10:16.15. Smith, who had a phenomenal freshman cross country campaign, maintained her ground from the opening gun and held of several charges from opponents before using her speed over the final lap to solidify her position. Sophomore Jessie Gordon and redshirt freshman Laura Kerr finished fifth and ninth, respectively.
        Arkansas picked up another encouraging performance from freshman high jumper Michelle Martin who opened her Lady Razorback career with a fifth-place finish. One bar away from tying for first, Martin cleared 5-4.5 with relative ease before barely clipping the next bar.
        The Lady Razorbacks are back in action next weekend when they compete at the Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24.

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