Improve in Week Two
FAYETTEVILLE - It was an improved team effort by
the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team that had head coach
Lance Harter smiling at the conclusion of the Razorback Invitational at
the Randal Tyson Track Center on Saturday evening.
Junior Erin Anderson took top honors in the
pole vault while sophomore Laura Jakosky blew away the competition in
the 3,000-meter run. Junior Kerri-Ann Mitchell finished second in the
60-meter dash with Shannon Spaulding and Maureen Scott crossing the line
second and third, respectively, in the mile.
"The improvements from last week to this week
were incredible," Harter said. "Erin did a nice job in the pole vault
and is knocking at the door for 13 feet. Laura did a great job running
by herself in the 3,000 and Shannon and Maureen each had great runs in
Anderson got the Lady Razorbacks started in
the right direction with her easy win in the vault. Clearing 12-6.5 on
her second attempt, Anderson was the only individual to clear the height.
She then made three attempts at 12-11.75, with the third being her closest
to a clearance.
"I think that if Erin had one more attempt
she would have made that last bar," Harter said. "She ran through her
first attempt, then had a good second try and barely missed her third."
Jakosky took her competition easily in the
3,000 lapping the field, but was quick to credit her teammate Erica Sigmont
for the victory. Sigmont led the pack for the first 1,000 meters as a
rabbit before ducking out of the competition. She had already competed
in the 800 meters earlier in the evening and only ran to help her fellow
Lady Razorback along. Jakosky completed her race with a personal best
time of 9:46.21, blowing her previous best of 9:56.17 out of the water
and barely missing an NCAA provisional qualifier.
In the sprints, Mitchell looked her best as
she popped off a preliminaries time of 7.56, then improved that to 7.55
to finish second in the 60-meter dash. Getting out of the blocks quickly,
Mitchell was able to hold off a tough field for second.
The Lady Razorbacks also faired well in the
mile where a trio of Lady Razorbacks finished among the top seven. Spaulding
completed the eight-lap race just off her time of a week ago at 4:59.15,
but showed Harter that she was ready for a breakthrough in the coming
weeks. Scott was right behind her teammate at 4:59.21, setting a personal
best as she ducked under the five minute mark for the first time in her
Other Lady Razorbacks that put up impressive
times for the Lady Razorbacks were Kasia Williams and Shaneatra Neely
in the 60-meter hurdles with marks of 8.53 and 8.59, respectively, and
Mitchell in the triple jump with a mark of 36-9.
Arkansas will take a small squad next weekend
to the Oklahoma Invitational in Norman, Okla., before brining its entire
squad to the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Feb. 6-7.