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Neely Finishes Seventh at Penn
Shaneatra Neely         PHILADELPHIA - In what might be a preview of the 2003 NCAA Outdoor track and field championships 100-meter hurdles final, junior Shaneatra Neely finished seventh at the Penn Relays in the University of Arkansas Lady Razorbacks' lone race on the final day of the prestigious event that regularly brings more than 50,000 fans from across the globe.
        Qualifying for the finals by finishing second in her preliminaries heat on Friday, Neely stepped to the line against seven other individuals that all rank among the top 10 in the nation for the event. Undaunted, Arkansas' best hurdler met her challenge head on as she sprang from the blocks ahead of the competition. Touching down after the first hurdle ahead of the field Neely continued to press and was toe-to-toe with the field through the first six hurdles.
        "This was the best field of competition that Shaneatra has ever gone up against," Arkansas associate head track coach Rolando Greene said. "I was very encouraged by the way she attacked the first hurdle. That proves to me that she can run with anybody. Now we need to get her to finish the race. Shaneatra is incredibly gifted and was right there with the best in the nation. If she can begin to put the whole race together on a consistent basis, I have no doubt that she will be mentioned in the same breath as everyone in that race."
        Neely would finish the race in seventh amid cold and wet conditions at Franklin Field, running a NCAA regional qualifying time of 13.93 seconds. Texas' Nicole Denby was the surprise winner in a staggering 13.09, while LSU junior, and the favorite entering the final, Lolo Jones finished third.
        The Lady Razorbacks now begin preparations for finals and the 2003 Southeastern Conference Championships. Before the conference meet in mid-May, Arkansas will take a handful of competitors to Stanford and Southwest Missouri over the coming weeks to polish off their already robust list of NCAA regional qualifiers.

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