Breaks Records, Moore Advances
By Phil Pierce, UA WOMEN'S COMMUNICATIONS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Former University of
Arkansas Lady Razorback track athlete Deena (Drossin) Kastor broke a pair
of U.S. Track and Field records late Friday night at the U.S. Olympic
Team Trials in Sacramento, Calif., while junior LaShaunte'a Moore advanced
to the semifinals of the 200-meter dash.
Kastor, a two-time NCAA cross country runner-up
while with the Lady Razorbacks, cruised in the 10,000-meter run leading
her competition across the line by nearly one minute as she crossed in
31:09.65 to break both the U.S. Olympic Trials and U.S. Championship records.
Both marks had been held by Kastor with the former being set in 2000 and
the later just last season. Already a member of the U.S. Olympic team
in the marathon, Kastor now gets to choose to either compete in both or
just one when she makes her way to Athens in August.
Also in the 10,000-meter run, former Lady
Razorback Amy Yoder Begley put together another strong performance in
her comeback bid, finishing ninth overall. Yoder Begley, a 15-time all-American
while with the Lady Razorbacks, ran 33:17.78, nearly a career best in
her bid to make the Olympic squad.
In the 200-meter dash, Moore, the reigning
NCAA 200-meter outdoor champion, finished the preliminaries with a time
of 22.83 to advance to the semifinals which are to be competed late Saturday.
Moore's time was the sixth fastest overall and was just 0.23 seconds behind
Torri Edwards leading mark of 22.60. Both competitors ran into a headwind.
"LaShaunte'a looked good, but had some difficulty
with the turn," Arkansas associate head coach Rolando Greene said. "It
isn't a major problem and we can fix it before the semis. I have no doubt
that she can move on."
Moore has already run the Olympic 'A' standard
for the race meaning that should she finish in the top three during the
finals, she would be a member of the 2004 Olympic squad.
Another qualifier for the Lady Razorbacks
on Friday was former Lady Razorback April Steiner in the pole vault. Passing
on the first bar of 13 feet, 5 ¼ inches, Steiner cleared 13-9 ¼ on her
second attempt to tie for sixth overall and advance to the finals which
compete on Sunday.
Arkansas' competition was concluded with the
1,500-meter run where three current and former Lady Razorbacks toed the
line in an attempt to make their first Olympic team. Former Lady Razorbacks
Sarah Schwald and Christin Wurth joined senior Londa Bevins in the races,
but it was only Schwald that would advance to the finals. Running 4:15.55,
Schwald took one of the final qualifying spots, while Wurth's 4:16.68
was two spots from the top 12. Bevins finished in 4:24.85. Former Lady
Razorback Nicole Teter was scheduled to compete in the event, but pulled
out after making an Olympic qualifier in the 800 meters last Monday.
For more information about Lady Razorback
track or about Arkansas women's athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.