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Moore Finishes 20th, Former Lady'Backs Fare Well

        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 round.
        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 season injury.
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