Goes Provisional, Williams, Denton Win
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).