to Athens for Teter
By Phil Pierce, UA WOMEN'S COMMUNICATIONS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It is on to Athens, Greece,
for former University of Arkansas Lady Razorback Nicole Teter as she finished
second in the 800-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Sacramento,
Calif., late Monday evening.
Teter, the American indoor record holder at
800 meters, ran a stunning 2:00.25 to finish just behind Jearl Miles-Clark
(1:59.06) for the U.S. title. Miles-Clark earned her fourth Olympic team
bid with the victory. A tight pack through the opening lap, the field
spread some as the race began to wind down. Miles-Clark, Teter and Hazel
Clark each began to take a stride on the pack down the backstretch before
eventually crossing the line, 1-2-3, respectively.
"What a performance," Arkansas head coach
Lance Harter said. "I thought that Nicole had it in her to qualify, but
anything can happen on any given day. This is a tremendous step for her
and for our program in general."
Also competing was former Lady Razorback and
15-time all-American Amy Yoder Begley in the 5,000-meter finals. The 10th-place
finisher after preliminaries on Friday, Yoder Begley moved up one spot
during finals to finish ninth overall with a time of 15:52.12. Her finals
time was just slightly better than her preliminaries mark, but more importantly
showed that she could maintain her fitness level after missing portions
of the year due to injury.
The Olympic team trials now get two days off
from competition before resuming again on Thursday, July 15. Arkansas'
next competition is on Friday, July 16, with the 200 and pole vault qualifying,
the 1500 semifinals and the 10,000-meter finals.
For more information about Lady Razorback
track or about Arkansas women's athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.