Breaks 100 Record
WACO, Texas - Junior Veronica Campbell was at it
again at the Michael Johnson Classic when she opened her 2004 outdoor
season with an Arkansas school record in the 100-meter dash with an amazing
mark of 11.19 seconds.
Campbell, who set Lady Razorback records in
the 60, 200 and 4x4 relay indoors, etched her name into the outdoor records
with her startling performance under a legal wind of 1.7 meters per second.
Her time not just broke Arkansas' record, but shattered the time of Elisha
Brewer who ran 11.29 back in 1998. Her mark is also the second fastest
time in the NCAA this season and is the top mark in the Southeastern Conference.
"Veronica looked very good today," Arkansas
associate head coach Rolando Greene said. "She had a good break after
the indoor season and has excellent practices over the last several weeks.
She is ready to run even faster as the year goes along."
While Campbell's finals mark of 11.19 was
the Lady Razorback record, Campbell's preliminaries time of 11.52 was
not to be overlooked as it now ranks fourth all-time behind two Brewer
marks of 11.29 and 11.45.
Also cracking into Arkansas' record books
was junior LaShaunte'a Moore who's 200-meter time of 23.61 ranks fifth
on the Lady Razorback charts. Moore improved from a 24 second preliminaries
time to 23.61 in the finals. The time was even more impressive considering
it was non-wind aided.
In the hurdles, the Lady Razorbacks looked
very strong as they placed three runners in the finals. Led by junior
Kasia Williams, Arkansas' runners went 3-5-7 in the finals with times
of 13.32, 13.75 and 14.12. For Williams, it is her third time to run 13.32
or lower, an astounding feat when compared to her career best heading
into the outdoor season was 13.61.
Over at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut,
Calif., the Lady Razorbacks were also in high gear as senior Londa Bevins
and junior Erica Sigmont showed that they were back in the form that made
them all-Americans a year ago when they each clocked 1,500-meter times
under 4:21. Bevins, who holds the fourth and fifth fastest times in Lady
Razorback history was only seconds off those marks when she finished in
4:19.44, two spots behind was Sigmont who clocked out at a near personal
best 4:20.37. Bevin's time is the 10th fastest in the NCAA this season,
while Sigmont's ranks 14th.
"I knew that Erica was ready to run fast,"
Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. "She has had some great workouts.
For Londa it was just a matter of her getting back into racing shape after
not being able to compete during cross country and indoor track. These
times have a good chance to get into the NCAA Championships as individual
marks which is what our original goal was."
Senior Shannon Spaulding also seemed to be
getting back into race shape as she posted a solid time in the 800-meter
run of 2:11.44. Just off the regional standard, Spaulding finished 18th
overall in the competition, winning her heat going away.
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