Marks, 13 Athletes Head to National Championship
- The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team is sending 13 athletes
to compete 11 times at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
in Austin, Texas, next weekend according to the list of competitors released
by the NCAA Tuesday afternoon.
Headlined by the seven marks that were deemed
automatic qualifiers based on their performances at the Mideast Regional,
the Lady'Backs added an additional five off the descending order list,
giving Arkansas its largest contingent ever to attend the NCAA Outdoor
"We were very fortunate in some areas," Arkansas
head track coach Lance Harter said. "We knew that we had several athletes
on the bubble, and each of them was admitted."
The Lady Razorbacks have athletes in 10 of
the 21 scheduled events, from the 100-meter dash to the 10,000-meter run.
Earning the automatic qualifiers for the Lady Razorbacks were LaShaunte'a
Moore in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln and Erin
Anderson in the pole vault, Kasia Williams in the 100-meter hurdles, Jessica
Johnson in the high jump and Arkansas' 4x100-meter relay which consisted
of Moore, Williams, Shaneatra Neely, Kerri-Ann Mitchell and Veronica Campbell.
Picking up the at-large bids from the NCAA
Track & Field Committee were Aneita Denton in the 800-meter run, Londa
Bevins and Erica Sigmont in the 1,500-meter run, Maureen Scott in the
steeplechase and Laura Jakosky and Alison Zeinner in the 10,000-meter
run. Unfortunately for the Lady Razorbacks, Sigmont is unable to compete
at the championships due to a left foot injury.
Arkansas' contingent at the Univ. of Texas-hosted
meet is familiar with the terrain having competed at Mike A. Myers Stadium
during the Texas Relays, but green when it comes to national championship
experience. Only four of the 14 Lady Razorbacks have been to the NCAA
Outdoor Championships, although an additional five have seen action at
an indoor meet. Neely, Anderson, Scott, Jakosky and Zeinner are each making
their NCAA Championships debut.
There is a possibility that the Lady Razorbacks
could add another to their list of national championship participants.
Junior Shiloh Whiting has been contacted about participating at the meet
in the steeplechase, but a final decision has yet to be made by the NCAA
and should come within the next 24 hours. Should she be accepted, Arkansas'
total number of athletes would jump to 14 and make up 79 percent of its
Regional Championship participants.