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Lady'Back Track Inks Four in Early Period
        FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track and field team announced the signing of four national letters of intent on Thursday, including Mt. Ida, Ark., native Stephanie Irwin, a pair of distance aces, Dacia Barr and Sarah Cole, and sprinter LaShaunte'a Moore.
        "Overall we are attracting some very strong individuals both academically and athletically," Arkansas women's head track coach Lance Harter said. "We tend to pick and choose our early recruits to get the ones that we really want."
        Irwin is the second Arkansan to sign with the Lady Razorbacks to compete in the pole vault. Joining Fayetteville native Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln, Irwin bring impressive credentials to the arena including three state pole vaulting championships and four state titles overall. She posted a career best mark of 12 feet, six inches, just off the NCAA regional qualifying standard for outdoor track and has taken numerous first-place finishes at the Arkansas Meet of Champions.
        A multi-talented athlete, Irwin won titles in the pole vault, long jump, 200 and 400-meter runs, and broke 31 records in just three years at Mt. Ida High School. She earned a conference championship with Mt. Ida as a freshman, and then posted back-to-back runner-up performances as a sophomore and junior. Not just an accomplished track athlete, Irwin is also a member of the Mt. Ida women's basketball team.
        "Stephanie is a nationally ranked pole vaulter," Harter said. "She has cleared 13 feet in practice and the fact that she is from Arkansas is only a bonus. I think that she has the potential to be one of the best vaulters that we have had. You definitely want to keep Arkansas recruits in the state and to have someone of her caliber is very exciting."
        Barr hails from Austin, Texas, but only made the move to the Lone Star state last year. The middle distance runner spent most of her childhood in the Virginia area before moving south and attending Lake Travis High School. A state qualifier in cross country and track and field, Barr took Virginia state championship honors as a sophomore in the 1,000-meter run indoors and the 800-meter run outdoors. As a junior she finished second in cross country and won outdoor titles in Virginia in both the 800 and 1,600-meter runs.
        "Dacia has great range and is a very good student," Harter said. "I think that she reminds me a little of Tracy Robertson in her character and is highly motivated great competitor. I think that she can come in next year and make an impact across the board."
        Not just a force on the high school level, Barr was also a participant at the 2003 Adidas Outdoor Championships, was a champion in the 800 meters at the Great Southwest Classic last season and made two trips to the Foot Locker Regional in cross country.
        A solid cross country competitor and track champion, Cole rounds out Arkansas' early recruiting class. Coming from a small school in Kentucky, Cole finished in the top three at the state cross country championships all four years she competed, winning the individual title as a junior. She also took regional championship honors in each of her four years in Somerset, Ky., and holds school records in the 800 and 3,200-meter runs and state records in the 1,500 and 3,000-meter runs.
        "Sarah is very highly ranked academically and could earn a chancellor's scholarship here at the University," Harter said. "She is from a small school division and has not had a lot of training compared to what she will get when she comes here. I think that the best way to describe her is that she is probably a diamond in the rough."
        Moore joins the Lady Razorbacks as a junior college transfer from Barton County Community College, but originally hails from Akron, Ohio. A talented individual, Moore was a teammate of current Lady Razorback Veronica Campbell at Barton County last season and was consistently right behind her world-class training partner. The national junior college runner-up last spring in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, Moore was a multi-time all-American.
        "LaShaunte'a is a world-class sprinter that should make an immediate impact for us this spring." Harter said. "She'll join us in January and having both her and Veronica here will be a deadly 1-2 punch for our sprinting corp."
        Finished with the fall signing period, the Lady Razorbacks get an opportunity to pick up more signees in early February.

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