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Lady'Backs Improve in Week Two
Laura Jakosky        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 the mile."
        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 career.
        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.

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