Shines for Lady'Backs at NCAA
AUSTIN, Texas - Junior LaShaunte'a Moore led the
University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team on a beautiful night
during the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
as she advanced in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes to finals action.
Moore got her day off to a tremendous start
when ran a season and career best time of 11.26 in the prelims of the
100-meter dash. Her time is the third fastest in school history and moved
her up from the 27th qualifier to ninth and a finalist among the nation's
"What a great day," Arkansas head coach Lance
Harter said. "We had some unbelievable performances that set us up for
the next two days. LaShaunte'a has really come along over the past month
and that showed today."
A little less than two hours after her stirring
100, Moore returned to action in the 200 and posted the second fastest
qualifier in the competition and nearly tied Arkansas' school record,
but a positive wind reading negated the record performance. Moore ran
22.41 and was a scant one-hundredth of a second behind the defending national
champion, Muna Lee of LSU. Her marks in both the 100 and 200 place her
in stellar company as Moore, Lee, San Diego State's Tonette Dyer and Penn
State's Connie Moore are qualified in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
Of great surprise to the Lady Razorbacks was
the performance of 800-meter runner Aneita Denton who clocked 2:06.51
in her heat of the prelims to edge her way into the finals. Denton's time,
carried out to the thousandths of a second, was 2:06.502, barely ahead
of UCLA's 2:06.504, faster than the blink of an eye. Denton was a long
shot to make the nine-person final she had the 15th fastest time in the
nation entering the competition.
"We were truly blessed today," Arkansas associate
head coach Rolando Greene said. "These girls came in and knew that they
had to work hard to advance and that is just what they did. I am so proud
of them, but now we need to go back to work and see if we can score some
points in the event finals."
In a day full of surprises, sophomore Maureen
Scott also earned a spot in finals action when she finished 14th in the
steeplechase prelims. Running a solid time of 10:25.70, Scott was slightly
slower than her time that qualified her for the championships, but the
experience of her first national championship race was most beneficial.
Scott gets to attempt to earn her first all-America honor on Saturday
evening in the race finals.
Rounding out Arkansas' list of qualifiers
on the day was senior Londa Bevins in the 1,500-meter run. A hard-luck
finisher a year ago, Bevins ran a personal best 4:15.35 at the 2003 championships
to miss the finals in a time that most years would win the competition.
In 2004 it was sweet redemption for the Mesquite, Texas, native as she
crossed the line in 4:18.46 and enters finals action as the ninth-fastest
The only finals action competed on Thursday
for Arkansas was the 10,000-meter run where junior Alison Zeinner finished
the grueling 6.2-mile race amid humid conditions, 22nd with a time of
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