Lady'Back Advances at Trials
By Phil Pierce, UA WOMEN'S COMMUNICATIONS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Former University of
Arkansas Lady Razorback track stars Nicole Teter and Gi-Gi Miller did
their best to secure 2004 U.S. Olympic team bids with solid performances
at the trials in Sacramento, Calif.
Teter advanced to the finals of the 800-meter
run with a fourth-place effort in the semifinals while Miller completed
her heptathlon competition with a sixth-place finish. Teter's advancement
allows her to run in the finals late Monday night.
For Teter, a former U.S. Champion in the 800
meters, her time of 2:01.05 is not her career best in the event, but looked
like an effort that could advance to the games. While she finished fourth
overall, she won her heat easily taking the top spot by more than a second.
In the heptathlon, Miller put together another
solid day, but her final score of 5,938 points was only good for sixth
overall. Picking up 877 points in the long jump, Miller flew to the seventh-best
jump in the competition at 19 feet, 11 ¾ inches. She came back in the
javelin, one of her weaker events, to put together a near career best
119-6 for 599 points. Needing an excellent 800-meter run, Miller clocked
2:16.79, again the seventh-best time of the competition, for 868 points
to get to her final total.
The only current Lady Razorback to take to
the track was senior Jessica Johnson in the high jump. Still nursing a
leg injury suffered at the Southeastern Conference Championships, Johnson
failed to clear the opening bar of 5-10.5, a mark that would have been
a quarter inch below her season best for 2004.
For more information about Lady Razorback
track or about Arkansas women's athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.