Lady'Back Miller Heads to World Indoor
- Former University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track athlete and current
strength and conditioning assistant Gi-Gi Miller is on her way to Budapest,
Hungary, to compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, March 5-7.
Miller finished second at the USA meet in
the 400 meters this weekend. The school record holder in numerous areas
including the heptathlon and triple jump, she competed in the 400 meters
at the USA Championships because she felt it gave her the best chance
to qualify for the IAAF World Championship team. The game plan worked
as Miller edged a top notch field to finish second overall in the event
to notch just qualify for the championships in the open 400, but as a
part of team USA's relay pool.
"I always knew that Gi-Gi had this kind of
talent," Arkansas associate head coach Rolando Greene said. "She has been
blessed with the ability to do what she puts her mind to and making a
world championship team was one of those goals. Hopefully this gives her
the confidence to go out and make the Olympic team this summer."
After finishing fifth during preliminary action,
Miller entered finals action as the fastest runner in the slow section
of the finals. Making the most of her opportunity, she dropped her preliminaries
time form 54.09 to 53.33, blowing away her competition by four tenths
of a second. Waiting to see what happened in the next race, Miller watched
the fast heat get out slower than expected. Julian Clay was the first
to cross the line, which she did at 52.85, to pick up the indoor title,
in second was former South Carolina great Demetria Washington who beat
Miller in prelims, but ran 53.34 to finish third overall, punching Miller's
ticket to the IAAF.
A four-time all-American while competing for
the Lady Razorbacks, Miller's qualifier places her on team USA for the
first time in her post-collegiate career. She did compete at the World
University Games the summer following her senior season, but qualified
as a member of the Lady Razorbacks.