Finishes Third, Martin Scores for Lady'Backs
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sophomore Maureen Scott gunned down
one of the Southeastern Conference's top runners in the 3,000-meter run
at the SEC Indoor Championships on Saturday evening to place third for
the University of Arkansas Lady Razorbacks at the Nutter Fieldhouse in
Scott, who had been in fourth and fifth place
throughout the race, put together a tremendous final 200 meters to run
down Auburn's Angela Homan, the SEC cross country champion, to finish
third overall and lead a 3-6, Arkansas finish for nine points in the event.
Scott teamed with junior Laura Jakosky for the points while running a
huge personal best when she finished in 9:37.88, missing the NCAA provisional
standard by just two seconds.
"Maureen ran very well," Arkansas head track
coach Lance Harter said. "She has been working really hard to be in this
position and I thought that the way she came back at the end was great."
Jakosky just missed her personal best in the
event when she ran 9:44.07. True freshman Sarah Saffa finished just outside
the scoring eight with a ninth-place finish and another personal best
Arkansas also picked up points from true freshman
Michelle Martin who tied for seventh in the high jump. Leaping a solid
5 feet, seven inches, Martin cleared a season best in the event and was
actually tied for fourth overall, but was awarded seventh place on misses.
For her efforts, Martin picked up 1.5 points.
As a team, the Lady Razorbacks are sitting
in sixth place with a majority of the scoring events taking place on Sunday.
Arkansas has earned 12.5 points and are just seven points from fourth.
Earning their way into Sunday's action was
junior Veronica Campbell who set the fieldhouse record in the 200 meters
when she ran 23.03 to notch the top qualifier in the event. Campbell broke
the mark of LSU sprinter Muna Lee who is the defending national and conference
champion. Lee finished second in preliminary action at 23.16. The two
elite sprinters will also go toe-to-toe in the 60-meter dash as they ran
the third and fourth fastest qualifiers at 7.33 and 7.30, respectively.
Campbell's times did not eclipse her season
best efforts in the events, but do place her in great lanes for Sunday's
finals action. Arkansas' sprinting expert is seeking to become the first
Lady Razorback to earn SEC Champion honors in the ballistic events and
only the second Arkansas female to win a sprint in a conference meet following
in the footsteps of former Lady'Back LaShawn Haythe who took the Southwest
Conference's 55-meter title in 1990.
Also moving on to Sunday's action was hurdler
Kasia Williams who notched a personal best in the race at 8.35. Improving
on her NCAA provisional time of 8.43, Williams looked strong in her heat
of the hurdles despite witnessing the runner next to her fall going over
the fourth hurdle. Williams mark is the sixth fastest on the day and places
her just outside the fastest marks in Sunday's final.
The only other Lady Razorback to advance to
Sunday's action was junior Erica Sigmont in the mile. Sigmont rocked to
an eight-second season best when she finished the race in 4:50.88. The
time was also very close to her national championship performance from
a year ago.
A surprise to Arkansas' coaches and fans was
the exclusion of Lady Razorback sprinter LaShaunte'a Moore in the 200-meter
finals. Moore ran a NCAA provisional mark of 23.95 but failed to make
the final as nine runners blistered the Nutter Fieldhouse track with times
of 23.76 or better.
Rounding out Arkansas' performances on Saturday
were Brandy Blackwood who threw a personal best in the weight throw at
59-9.75, Beyonka McDowell who just missed scoring in the long jump when
she bounded to a mark of 18-8, Kerri-Ann Mitchell who long jumped 17-2,
Aneita Denton and Shannon Spaulding in the 800 with times of 2:09.72 and
2:11.52, respectively, and Jessie Gordon who completed the 3,000 in 10:21.68.