Breaks Record, Arkansas Ties for 10th
FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas 4x400-meter
relay team set the Lady Razorback school record at the NCAA Championships
on Saturday night to vault Arkansas into a tie for 10th at the Randal
Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.
Arkansas' finish is its fifth-consecutive
top 10 placement since it began hosting the NCAA meet in the winter of
2000. The feat has only been accomplished by one other school since 2000.
"Considering all of the setbacks that we had
this year with injuries, illness and the like, this is outstanding," Arkansas
head coach Lance Harter said. We had to execute every step of the way
in order to do this as a team and that is what happened. I'm very proud
of these young ladies."
The relay team of Kerri-Ann Mitchell, Veronica Campbell,
LaShaunte'a Moore and Aneita Denton wiped off a second and a half from
Arkansas' previous record, dropping the time from 3:36.21 to 3:34. 86.
Running in the first heat of the relay, the Lady'Backs got a great start
from Mitchell who ran a 53 second split, her best of the season despite
nursing a leg injury.
Handing the baton to Campbell, Arkansas' sprinting
ace looked very strong in her effort. Running in her second race of the
day and the fifth of the weekend, Campbell split 51 seconds for her portion
of the relay keeping the Lady'Backs in first.
Moore was next and she was just as good as her teammates,
putting together a 52 second run around the oval. Moore looked especially
sharp on the backstretch as she opened up a lead for Arkansas on the first
lap before handing to Denton to anchor Arkansas home.
Over the weekend, the Lady'Backs earned eight
all-America honors in four events. While the relay picked up four of those,
Campbell also earned honors in the 60 and 200-meter dashes, Moore picked
up one in the 200 and Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln earned one in the pole vault.
Campbell opened Saturday's action for the
Lady Razorbacks in the 60-meter dash, finishing third with an outstanding
time of 7.28 seconds. Behind LSU's Muna Lee, the defending NCAA champion
and Tennessee's Toyin Olupona, Campbell earned an additional six points
for the Lady'Backs.
The short sprint saw Campbell get off to a
decent start and come back from what appeared to be sixth into third.
Tying Olupona in time to the hundredth of a second, at 7.28, Campbell
was five thousandths of a second behind, faster than the blink of an eye.
The conclusion of the NCAA Championships ends
Arkansas' indoor track season on a high note as it begins to start its
outdoor campaign. Arkansas' first competition on the larger oval comes
in just six days when it travels its combined events athletes to Texas
A&M for the Multi-Event Invitational.