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Lady'Backs Post Two Qualifiers in South Bend
Veronica Campbell        SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Junior Veronica Campbell posted the third and fourth fastest 60-meter dash times in University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track history including an NCAA automatic qualifier on Saturday at the Meyo Invitational to pace the Lady'Back track team to two NCAA marks on the final day of competition.
        Campbell got out quickly during preliminaries, cruising to what was the third fastest mark in school history at 7.39. Entering finals competition with the fastest time, Campbell took center stage when she cruised to 7.30 to eclipse the third-place mark she just set and posting the second fastest time in the Southeastern Conference this season.
        "Veronica is incredibly talented," Arkansas associate head coach Rolando Greene said. "Anytime you can beat a former all-American and national champion like Peta-Gaye Dowdie you are on the right track. Lets make no bones about it, Veronica is one of the best sprinters in the world today and everything is on the right track for the NCAA championships both indoors and out and for the Olympic Games. I will say this all season long, she can do whatever she wants to do and I think that she will run faster at the Tyson Invitational."
        For the Lady Razorbacks, Campbell was the lead runner of three Arkansas athletes to cross the line during finals action. Juniors Kerri-Ann Mitchell and LaShaunte'a Moore were also tough in the finals with Mitchell, who set the Lady'Back 300-meter record on Friday, finishing fourth with a mark of 7.54 and Moore ninth at 7.67.
        In the 60-meter hurdles, junior Kasia Williams posted Arkansas' second NCAA qualifier when she equaled the provisional standard of 8.43. Finishing second overall, Williams improved her time from 8.60 during prelims down to 8.43, a season best and Arkansas' third NCAA qualifier this season. Senior Shaneatra Neely finished eighth with a finals time of 8.76.
        " Kasia performed exceedingly well, continue to improve and is now on the national list. I have no doubt in my mind that she will run faster. I'm happy to see that every time she steps on the track she sets a PR This weekend she made her presence felt on the national scene. Thank God that we have these kids performing the way that they are and I pray that they continue to do what they are doing."
        Just missing the NCAA standard was junior Aneita Denton who in just her second race as a Lady Razorback ran 2:11.43 in the 800 meters. The NCAA mark of 2:10 was in her grasp, but Denton could not hit the standard, nonetheless Arkansas' coaching staff was still pleased with the effort that Denton showed and expressed enthusiasm as she continues to recover from her early season illness, that she can get closer and closer to the NCAA mark.
        A surprise for the Lady Razorbacks was freshman Sarah Saffa in the 3,000-meter run. Running her first indoor track race as a Lady Razorback, Saffa posted a 30-second personal best when she finished her race in 10:01.62 to take the victory in the unseeded section. Saffa's mark placed her 15th overall while teammates Laura Jakosky and Alison Zeinner finished sixth and ninth, respectively, in the event with times of 9:44.04 and 9:52.31.
        Arkansas completed competition with the 4x400-meter relay. The Lady'Backs team of Denton, Mitchell, Moore and Neely ran a solid time of 3:44.28, Arkansas' second fastest mark of the season. In the relay, each Lady'Back performed well, but Denton continued to excel by splitting 54 seconds for her leg of the race.
        The Lady Razorbacks are back in action next Friday when they host the Tyson Foods Inc., Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. Action on Friday begins in the morning with USA Track & Field's Golden Spike portion of the meet taking place on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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