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Bevins Eclipses Elusive Record
        PALO ALTO, Calif. - Many have tried, few have come close, but senior Londa Bevins accomplished something late Friday night at the Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., that has not been done over the past 10-years of University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track, break the school record in the 1,500-meter run.
        Bevins ran a personal best and Arkansas record breaking 4:15.35 in the second heat of the 1,500 meters at the Cardinal, outlasting several of the nation's best middle distance runners. Finishing first in her heat and overall, Bevins proved that she was ready for the postseason by eclipsing the 10-year old record of former Lady Razorback Sarah Schwald who ran 4:16.00 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. back in 1994.
        "The 1,500 was the show of the night," Arkansas head track coach Lance Harter said. "Londa broke the school record held by Sarah Schwald, a world championships competitor and really found an extra gear coming down the stretch. She was in a real fight on the homestretch with Colorado's Sara Gorton, Christin Wurth and Lindsey Gallo of Michigan but was able to pass the field for the record and the win. All three of our young ladies ran personal bests and are under 4:20. No other program in the U.S. can say the same thing about the 1,500-meter run."
        Bevins led a 1-4-9 Arkansas finish across the finish line at Stanford with Wurth just dipping below her personal best with a time of 4:16.58 and sophomore Erica Sigmont finishing in 4:19.46. Bevins shaved nearly three seconds off her previous best while Wurth knocked off 22 hundredths of a second and Sigmont taking 2.5 seconds off her career mark. The Lady Razorback 1,500-meter runners now rank 4-6-11 in the nation and are the only program in the country to have more than two runners under the 4:20 mark.
        A pair of current and former Lady'Backs had made attempts at Schwald's school record in recent years including Wurth who clocked a time of 4:16.80 at the NCAA Championships last spring and former Arkansas great Tracy Robertson who came eerily close at 4:16.52 in 2000.
        Also stepping up to the challenge was sophomore Shiloh Whiting who had struggled of late, but rebounded to run a personal best and Southeastern Conference leading 10:38.17. Whiting had held the conference lead earlier in the season, but was surpassed by Georgia's Erin Kelley in the beginning of April. At the Penn Relays last weekend, Whiting ran a disappointing 11:01.76, but her performance at Stanford proved that her run at Penn was not what you can expect to see from the reigning U.S. Juniors champion.
        "I am really proud of Shiloh," Harter said. "She led off a great night with her steeplechase and while she did a good job, there is still room for improvement which is encouraging. She took a huge step forward and made a real positive step by taking back to the conference lead. That should help her confidence heading into the SEC Championships in two weeks."
        The Lady Razorbacks get next weekend off from competition before heading to the SEC Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., May 15-18.

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