Improves, Campbell Qualifies for Finals
Pa. - The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback 4x100-meter relay team
of Shaneatra Neely, Veronica Campbell, Kasia Williams and LaShaunte'a
Moore improved upon their preliminaries mark in the finals of the 110th
Penn Relays Championship of America race to finish sixth overall with
a time of 44.77.
Dropping their time by two-tenths of a second
from Thursday's preliminary, the quartet has improved by more than a second
from their season best heading into the Penn Relays. Their time is the
fifth fastest in Lady Razorback history and trails a six-year-old school
record set by the foursome of Precious Madison, Elisha Brewer, Daphne
Harris and Kyla Shoemake in 1998.
"There was a bobbled exchange which killed
our time and position," Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. "This relay
has a lot of horsepower and can really run. If we get good handoffs, we
could possibly run under 44 seconds."
More importantly than the University records
is that the time is a NCAA Regional qualifier and is the third fastest
in the Southeastern Conference this season behind LSU and South Carolina
all but guaranteeing the Lady Razorbacks a spot in the fast section of
the race at the conference championship.
In the 100-meter dash preliminaries, Campbell easily
advanced to the finals by winning her heat in a wind-aided time of 11.33
seconds. Her mark is the fourth fastest overall heading into the finals
and is the second fastest time of the year by the Jamaican native who
should receive loads of support from the vastly Jamaican crowd at Franklin
Field during Saturday's final.
The Lady Razorbacks rounded out competition
with the 100-meter hurdles where Williams and Neely had good times, but
unfortunate results as they failed to make the championship finals of
the race. Williams finished at 13.84 to tie for 15th overall, while Neely
was just behind at 13.92, tied for 17th.
"Kasia had a bad fall in practice last week
and that has hindered her starts at Penn," Harter said. "As she heals,
she will get back to the 13.20 mark which she ran a few weeks ago."
Arkansas concludes activities at the Penn
Relays on Saturday with the 4x800-meter relay and the finals of the 100-meter
dash. For more information about Lady Razorback track or about Arkansas
women's athletics, go to www.ladybacks.com.