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Five Races, Four Qualifiers
Kasia Williams        PALO ALTO, Calif. - Junior Kasia Williams led the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team on the final day of the Stanford Invitational late Saturday night with an amazing time of 13.20 in the 100 hurdles to complete the competition with four NCAA qualifiers in five attempts.
        Williams, who held a career best of 13.68 prior to this year, dropped her best mark to 13.58 during preliminary action and went into the finals as the top seed. A NCAA indoor national championships participant, Williams would not be denied first-place honors at Stanford University as she breezed past the competition to clock out at 13.20.
        "Kasia was on today," Arkansas associate head coach Rolando Greene said. "Making the NCAA Championships indoors gave her a lot of confidence and that is carrying over to the outdoor season. I believe that she has even more in the tank and can get down into the teens or even faster."
        While not quite cracking into Arkansas' all-time top five for the hurdles, Williams is knocking on the door for the fifth-place spot which would require her to run 13.11 and knock out former Lady'Backs and recent IAAF World Championships participant Gi-Gi Miller.
        Also posting a regional qualifier in the hurdles was fellow junior Beyonka McDowell. The eighth-place finisher in preliminaries with a mark of 14.04, McDowell improved significantly in the finals with a time of 13.87 to post the qualifier and finish seventh overall.
Stacie Manuel        Returning to competition was sophomore pole vaulter Stacie Manuel who showed why she was the SEC Indoor Track Freshman of the Year in 2003 by regionally qualifying in the pole vault. Injured for most of the 2003 outdoor season and redshirting the 2004 indoor campaign as she continued to heal, Manuel took her first jumps in competition since the NCAA Outdoor Championships last spring and cleared 13 feet, ΒΌ inches to finish second behind the NCAA indoor champion from UCLA.
        "Stacie looked good for her first time out," Arkansas assistant coach Bryan Compton said. "Technically she was solid, we just need to work on a few things and she'll be back to where she was last year."
        Manuel was the SEC indoor champion in the vault when she cleared 13-8 at the conference meet, and briefly held Arkansas' outdoor track record in the event at 13-5.5 last season before it was broken by four-time all-American April Steiner.
        Also posting a NCAA regional qualifier was junior Erica Sigmont in the 800-meter run. Still recovering from several illnesses from the indoor season, Sigmont looked very strong in the event, running 2:07.38, a personal best for her as a collegiate runner. In a tough competition, Sigmont placed eighth overall, beating several notable runners and taking the first steps to the form that made her a multiple-time all-American in 2003.
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