Sets Record, Championships Delayed
- The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback 4x100-meter relay set the
Lady Razorback school record on way to a third-place finish in the prelims
of the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday afternoon
at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.
Running in the third heat of the competition
amongst a driving rain storm, the Lady Razorbacks led with junior Kasia
Williams out of lane four. Williams got Arkansas off to a fabulous start
before handing to fellow junior LaShaunte'a Moore down the backstretch.
Moore gained ground on the field and handed off among the leaders to senior
Shaneatra Neely on the curve.
Maintaining position, Neely ran a good turn
and gave the stick to sophomore Veronica Campbell who barreled down the
home stretch and clocked out at 43.84 seconds, more than two-tenths ahead
of the previous record set at the Southeastern Conference Championships
in mid May.
"These young ladies did a fabulous job of
stepping up to the challenge that presented itself," Arkansas head coach
Lance Harter said. "They ignored the elements, ran their race and were
able to qualify for the finals which is the main goal."
The Lady Razorbacks' time of 43.84 was six-tenths
of a second ahead of second-place South Carolina and ranked just behind
pre-meet favorites LSU and Texas.
"We concentrated on getting the stick around
the track," Neely said following the competition. "The rain definitely
made us more aware of our handoffs."
The weather spoiled most of the first day
of competition as every event following Arkansas' heat of the relay was
postponed and eventually cancelled except for a handful of competitions
that were already underway. The NCAA Track & Field Committee was working
on a revised schedule and expected it to be posted around midnight Wednesday.
Lady Razorback events that were postponed
included the pole vault, 800 meters, 100 hurdles, 100 dash, high jump
and steeplechase preliminaries.
For more information about Lady Razorback
track or about Arkansas women's athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.