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Moore Shines for Lady'Backs at NCAA
LaShaunte'a Moore        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 elite runners.
        "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 qualifier.
        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 36:49.18.
        For more information about Lady Razorback track or about Arkansas women's athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.

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