Post Two Qualifiers in South Bend
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
"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.