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Pair of Near Misses for Lady'Back Track
By Phil Pierce, UA WOMEN'S COMMUNICATIONS

        SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team had a pair of near misses at the U.S. Olympic Trials on the final day of competition as junior LaShaunte'a Moore finished fourth in the 200 and former Lady Razorback April Steiner fifth in the pole vault.
        The conclusion of the Olympic trials solidifies the participants for the Lady Razorbacks at the Athens games with Arkansas sending four Lady Razorbacks to the competition. Running for the United States are Moore, former Lady Razorbacks Deena (Drossin) Kastor and Nicole Teter. Qualifying for the games for her native Jamaica is the NCAA indoor 200-meter champion Veronica Campbell in both the 100 and 200 meters.
        The NCAA Champion at 200 meters during the 2004 outdoor track season, Moore went into Sunday's final with the second fastest time during semifinals. Unfortunately, she failed to radically improve her mark from the second round running 22.64 to finish in fourth place behind Allyson Felix, Muna Lee and Torri Edwards. Working on her start and first 50 meters, Moore had used a strong final 150 to advance, but Sunday's final proved that the budding star needed to run a complete race to make the stacked U.S. Olympic team.
        "I am so proud of everything that LaShaunte'a has accomplished this season," Arkansas associate head coach Rolando Greene said. "She has come a long way this year and to make it to the finals of the U.S. Trials is quite an accomplishment. Most sprinters dream of making it to the trials and LaShaunte'a was not only there but had a legitimate chance to go to the Games as an individual."
        Although she did not advance in the open 200-meters, Moore still gets to make the trip to Athens, Greece, as a member of the U.S. 4x100-meter pool. Moore is one of six names submitted by U.S.A. Track and Field to the U.S. Olympic Committee for inclusion in its master roster. Moore joins LaTasha Colander, Edwards, Lauryn Williams, Angela Williams and Consuella More as the potential participants on the U.S. sprint relay team.
        Steiner was also a near miss for the Lady Razorbacks in the pole vault where her clearance of 14 feet, 7 ¼ inches was good for fifth overall. One of several to clear the height, Steiner's impressive jumps went without a miss until 14-9 giving her the edge over the competition. Starting at 13-9 ¼, Steiner soared over heights through 14-7 ¼, skipping 14-3 ¼. Missing once at 14-9, Steiner then passed on the next two bars and made two excellent attempts at 15-1 before being eliminated from the competition. Should Steiner have cleared 15-1, she would have made the Olympic team as the second and third-place finishers only cleared 14-11.
        Rounding out Arkansas' participation at the U.S. Olympic Trials was former Lady Razorback Sarah Schwald in the 1,500-meter finals. Needing a time of 4:08.00 to achieve the Olympic 'A' standard and have an opportunity to run at the games, Schwald stayed with the lead pack through 800 meters before the group thinned and she began to fall behind. Down the home stretch, the leaders continued to push the tempo to hit the magical 4:08 standard, crossing the line just behind the time as Schwald finished in 4:13.12 for eighth overall.
        For more information about University of Arkansas women's athletics or about Lady Razorback track, go to www.ladybacks.com.

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