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Kastor Breaks Records, Moore Advances

        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.
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