Finishes 20th, Former Lady'Backs Fare Well
By, Phil Pierce, UA WOMEN'S COMMUNICATIONS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - University of Arkansas
junior sprinter LaShaunte'a Moore, coming off her NCAA Championship performance
from mid-June, returned to action at the United States Olympic Team Trials
in Sacramento, Calif., in the 100-meter dash to finish tied for 20th overall.
Running 11.76 seconds for the sprint into
a headwind of 1.0 meters-per-seconds, Moore was unable to advance to the
semifinals. Her Olympic dreams were not crushed with the race as she still
has a chance to qualify in the 200-meter dash, perhaps her better race,
later in the week.
"LaShaunte'a ran well, but it is hard to come
back after a month off and be on top of your game," Arkansas associate
head coach Rolando Greene said. "This race should get her ready for the
200. That's the race where she has excelled all season and I don't see
why that would change here."
Moore was one of four current and former Lady
Razorbacks on the track attempting to make the U.S. Olympic team headed
to Athens, Greece in August. Others that saw action late Thursday were
Nicole Teter in the 800 meters, Gi-Gi Miller in the heptathlon and Amy
Yoder Begley in the 5,000-meter run.
Teter, a U.S. national champion in the 800,
finished the prelims of her race in 2:03.30, to take one of the spots
in the semifinals. Third overall, she was within reach of the leaders,
but slowed near the end knowing that she had secured a place in the next
Miller had perhaps the best day of any current
or former Lady'Back. The assistant Lady Razorback strength coach sits
in fifth position after the first day of the heptathlon with a phenomenal
score of 3,594 points, less than 100 away from first. Running a solid
100-meter hurdles of 13.30, she fell off the pace slightly in the high
jump at 5 feet, six ½ inches. Miller had an excellent shot put of 42-3.5,
then capped her day with one of the fastest 200-meter runs of 24.30.
Miller has the added bonus of having already
earned the Olympic 'A' standard for the heptathlon. By doing so, she does
not necessarily have to finish in the top three to qualify for the games,
but must be among the top three athletes with the lofty 'A' standard.
Rounding out Arkansas' participation at the
trials was 15-time all-American Amy Yoder Begley who returned from an
injury suffered earlier this season to finish 10th in the 5,000-meter
run and advance to the 14-person finals. Yoder Begley ran 15:52.34, looking
solid the entire 3.1-mile race, and showing no ill-effects of her early
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