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Lady'Backs Topple Two School Records
Veronica Campbell        FAYETTEVILLE - Junior Veronica Campbell and the rest of the University of Arkansas women's 4x400-meter relay team set two Lady Razorback school records on the second day of the Tyson Foods, Inc. Invitational against some of the world's best athletes.
        Campbell started the day with a school record in the 60-meter dash when she ran 7.23 to finish third against some of the best sprinters in the world. Getting a decent start, Campbell accelerated through the middle of the sprint and was just behind American Olympic medalist Gail Devers and Bahamian Olympian Debbie Ferguson. Campbell beat such notables as Americans Torii Edwards and Christie Gaines and the collegiate national leader Lauryn Williams of Miami.
        "This was a fabulous weekend for us," Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. "We ran two races today and set two school records and picked up two national qualifiers. You can't ask for a much better day than that."
        Campbell broke the record that was shared by former Lady'Back greats Elisha Brewer and Kyla Shoemake when she competed her race. The pair had run 7.26 six years ago in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Veronica Campbell        In the relay, Campbell ran the second leg of the record team as she was joined by Kerri-Ann Mitchell, Aneita Denton and LaShaunte'a Moore. Mitchell, who posted her first NCAA qualifier yesterday, came out of the blocks strong and looked good at the handoff to Campbell. Caught in the confusion of the relay exchanges, Campbell had to fight her way through the first 20 meters of her leg but still placed the Lady Razorbacks in great position.
        Denton took the baton from Campbell and also looked strong despite having spent a majority of the season ill, then left the race in the hands of Moore who started with a bang and held on to complete the Lady'Backs NCAA provisional mark and school record 3:36.21. Arkansas finished the race with the fifth fastest collegiate time in the country despite only being a provisional mark.
        "Coach (Rolando) Greene put it in perspective today," Harter said, "when he told me that we have the fifth fastest time in the country and the third fastest time in the Southeastern Conference."
        The Lady Razorbacks rank behind Texas and Miami from the Big 12 and Big East and SEC foes Florida and Tennessee. Arkansas' relay topped the 2000 race of Nicole Savary, Gi-Gi Miller, Kyla Shoemake and Tawa Babatunde. That squad ran 3:36.46 in Fayetteville at the NCAA Championships.
        Arkansas is back in action in two weeks when it competes at the SEC Championships in Lexington, Ky., Feb. 27-29, at the University of Kentucky.

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