Saffa Impressive at Mt. SAC
WALNUT, Calif. - Junior Laura Jakosky and freshman
Sarah Saffa led the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team at
the Mt. San Antonio College Relays late Friday night in Walnut, Calif.,
with strong performances in the 10,000 and 5,000-meter runs, respectively.
Jakosky was the 10th overall and sixth collegiate
in the 10,000-meter run as she crossed the line in 34:35.95. The time
is a Lady Razorback season best and Jakosky's career mark by 30 seconds.
Coming into the race as the number two runner in the Southeastern Conference,
Jakosky moved to third on the list following the contest, but her time
and stamina was what impressed Arkansas' coaches the most.
"Laura ran a smart race," Arkansas head coach
Lance Harter said. "This is her second 10,000 meter of the year and she
improved almost a minute from her last race."
Also making great personal strides was Saffa who
dropped almost 20 seconds from her career best in the 5,000-meter run.
Saffa ran 16:48.10, breaking the 17-minute mark for the first time in
her career, indoors or out. Saffa was Arkansas' top finisher in a large
5,000-meter field, finishing 21st overall.
"Sarah continues to improve with each race,"
Harter said. "She is certainly asserting herself as one of our best distance
runners and I think that she will continue to improve throughout the year."
Following Saffa across the line in the 5K
were junior Penny Splichal and sophomore Jessie Gordon, who ran 16:57.92
and 17:39.24, respectively.
Rounding out Arkansas' competition at Mt.
SAC was sophomore Maureen Scott who ran in a separate section of the 5,000
meters. In an elite field, Scott finished ninth overall and was the sixth
collegiate as she ran 16:47.77. The best time by a Lady Razorback on the
day, Scott did not eclipse her personal best from earlier this season,
but did manage to stay with some of the nation's best runners and still
holds the top time in the SEC.
The Lady Razorbacks continue to compete throughout
the weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays and SW Bell/Michael Johnson Invitational
through late Saturday night. For more information about Lady Razorback
track or about Arkansas women's athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.