Conclude Relays with a Third
- The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team concluded their
weekend at the 77th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Saturday
with several strong performances including a third-place finish in the
distance medley relay.
Leading off with senior Londa Bevins, the
Lady Razorbacks got off to a good start before Shaneatra Neely took the
stick and kept that Lady Razorbacks in position. Junior Aneita Denton
was handed the baton and duplicated her efforts from Thursday in the 4x800
relay with another tough leg before handing to junior Erica Sigmont who
anchored the team to third place.
"I thought that we ran well toady," Arkansas
head coach Lance Harter said. "This is the first time that we've really
had to deal with hot weather and it was nice to get a feel for this track.
The University of Texas is hosting the NCAA Championships in June and
now we have a good idea of what the facility and track are like."
In the 100-meter hurdle finals, junior Kasia
Williams once again showed her abilities with a fourth-place finish. Running
against some of the nation's fastest runners, Williams got out of the
blocks well and was at the first hurdle with the leaders. Williams ran
13.27 in the finals, nearly equaling her preliminaries time of 13.20.
Running with Williams in the race was Neely
who finished seventh in the hurdles with a mark of 13.74. Both runners
have now posted NCAA regional qualifiers.
Also making finals action was junior LaShaunte'a
Moore in the 100-meter dash. Moore posted a season best of 11.58 during
prelims to finish fifth overall and returned to action on Saturday, running
a time of 11.66. The times are just outside of Arkansas' all-time top
five for the event.
The Lady Razorbacks concluded the day with
the pole vault where Stacie Manuel again showed that she is recovered
from her injury that sidelined her during the indoor season by posting
another regional qualifier. Manuel was the Lady'Backs top finisher with
a clearance of 12 feet 9 ½ inches to finish seventh. Senior Jennifer (Culp)
Lincoln finished 14th with a jump of 12-3 ½.
The Lady Razorbacks are back in action next
weekend when they participate in the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville.
For more information about Lady Razorback track or about Arkansas women's
athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.