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Anderson Goes Provisional, Williams, Denton Win
Erin Anderson        NORMAN, Okla. - Junior Erin Anderson broke the 13-foot mark in the pole vault for the first time in her career indoors late Saturday evening at the J.D. Martin Invitational in Norman, Okla., to notch the University of Arkansas Lady Razorbacks' lone NCAA qualifier in a weekend where Arkansas continued to show improvements on the track.
        Anderson, who transferred to Arkansas after winning four national junior college titles, had never cleared 13 feet indoors, but made the breakthrough with a vault of 13-1.5 to win the vault competition and post her first NCAA provisional qualifier of the season.
        "Erin has been working very hard in practice," Arkansas assistant coach Bryan Compton said. "I'm glad she was able to qualify, now its time to get back to work and get her an automatic qualifier."
        For Anderson, she improved on a season best performance of 12-7.5 which she cleared two weeks ago at the Arkansas Invitational. Knocking on the door of 13 feet for two consecutive competitions, her clearance follows in the footsteps of former Lady'Back April Steiner who had the same breakthrough in her first season of competition in the winter of 2000.
        Also performing well for the Lady Razorbacks was junior Kasia Williams who won her first race as a Lady Razorback when she cruised to a season best in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.50. Williams entered the finals as the top seed after a strong 8.65 second performance during prelims, but blew past that mark and the 8.53 season best she ran last weekend in the finals.
        One of the top junior college hurdlers in the country for the past two seasons, Williams is poised to cruise past the NCAA qualifier in the event of 8.43 in coming weeks.
        Making her first appearance in an Arkansas uniform, junior Aneita Denton showed the Lady Razorbacks exactly why she was such a prized recruit when she ran away with the win in the 600-yard run. A non-NCAA Championships event, Denton could not post a qualifier, but the race was geared to put the Jamaican native on the fast track to returning to her best after recovering from illness. Denton posted a time of 1:24.71, two-tenths of a second ahead of second place, but a half second ahead of the rest of the field.
        Freshman Michelle Martin posted her collegiate best mark in the high jump with a clearance of 5-5. Jumping identical marks of 5-4.25 for the past two weeks, Martin stepped up to 5-5 to finish fifth overall. Also recording a season best was junior Laura Jakosky who ran 5:04.63. Jakosky improved nearly two seconds from her time at the Arkansas Invitational making it two consecutive weeks that she has made significant improvements in her best times.
        Rounding out Arkansas' competition at the J.D. Martin Invitational were Maureen Scott who just missed a season best in the mile (5:00.93), Jodi Driggers in the pole vault (11-1.75), Shannon Spaulding in the 1,000-meter run (2:59.33) and Shaneatra Neely in the 60 hurdles (8.85).

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