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Lady'Backs Qualify Five, Finish Fourth
        BATON ROUGE, La. - Led by its NCAA Mideast Regional champion 4x100-meter relay, the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team qualified five athletes and relays to the NCAA Championships on the final day of competition at the regional meet at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday, finishing third in the team competition.
LaShaunte'a Moore        The relay clocked its third fastest time of the year at 44.91 as it ran away from the competition on a scorching day at Bernie Moore Stadium. Running without its ace, Arkansas' quartet of Kasia Williams, LaShaunte'a Moore, Shaneatra Neely and Kerri-Ann Mitchell were nearly flawless in their baton exchanges in all three zones allowing them to take the regional title. Williams put Arkansas in good position and Moore looked strong on the backstretch before allowing Williams to maintain the advantage on the curve. Mitchell anchored the team down the homestretch, increasing the Lady Razorbacks lead before crossing the tape.
        "The sprint crew really had to scramble and reconnect this weekend," Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. "They were able to do that and it's a real testament to the kids and coach Greene and coach Johnson. They were here at 8 a.m. this morning reworking the handoffs and they really came through."
        The relay is Arkansas' second NCAA regional champion in two years of competition and follows in the footsteps of April Steiner who won the pole vault in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003.
        Moore was also solid in the 100 and 200-meter runs as she ran season best times, although wind aided, in her fifth and sixth races in two days of competition. Moore returned in the 100 final to finish third and earn another NCAA qualifier with a time of 11.37. Just 45 minutes later, she ran the 200 final to the tune of 22.65 for another third-place finish.
        "LaShaunte'a really stole the show for us," Harter said. "In her last race she ran a lifetime best, what she and the rest of our sprinters did was spectacular."
Jessica Johnson        Starting the day off on the right foot for the Lady Razorbacks was senior Jessica Johnson who made the most of her few opportunities and cleared a near season-best 5 feet, 10 ½ inches in the high jump. Finishing second based on misses, Johnson soared over the bar, then walked away from the competition without being eliminated in order to protect an already sore leg which she injured at the Southeastern Conference Championships.
        Completing the Lady Razorbacks quintet of advancing marks was junior Williams in the 100-meter hurdles. Williams finished fifth in a hot competition with a time of 13.41 to earn the automatic berth to the national championship meet.
        As a team the Lady Razorbacks finished fourth overall, equaling their fourth-place finish from the 2003 regional. Scoring 51 points, Arkansas finished behind SEC foes, LSU and Tennessee who tallied 111 and 65, respectively. In fact, five SEC squads finished in the top six at meet.
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