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Lady'Backs Jump in Rankings, Now Fourth
        FAYETTEVILLE - Thanks to a remarkable performance by the University of Arkansas women's track team in winning the Southeastern Conference title, the Lady Razorbacks jumped from 11th to fourth in the nation according to the latest Trackwire rankings.
        Spending the majority of the season between nine and 11, the Lady Razorbacks shocked the experts with a string of stunning efforts that brought the conference crown back to Fayetteville for the third time in five years. Arkansas was predicted to score approximately 20 points at the national championships, but in the seventh week of the Trackwire rankings, the Lady Razorback's predicted score skyrocketed to 44 points.
        "Wow," Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said when told of the ranking. "Considering we weren't even picked to finish that high at the SEC meet, it's remarkable. A lot of the coaches had us for fifth or sixth at the conference championship and now we are fourth in the country."
Veronica Campbell        The backbone of Arkansas' scoring throughout the year has been junior Veronica Campbell in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Ranked number one in the 200 and number two in the 100 throughout the year, Campbell moved up to the one spot in both events in the latest rankings thanks to her incredible races at the SEC Championships. At the conference meet, Campbell clocked the world's fourth fastest 100-meter time and fastest 200-meter time. She nearly eclipsed the SEC Championship and collegiate records in both races and destroyed the UA records with her times of 11.10 in the shorter race and 22.41 in the deuce.
        "These young ladies really stepped it up last weekend," Harter said. "Now we have to continue to build off that and see what happens."
        The Lady Razorbacks 4x100 relay took a huge jump, going from not ranked to fourth overall. The team, made up of Shaneatra Neely, Campbell, Kasia Williams and LaShaunte'a Moore, finished second at the SEC meet this weekend with an Arkansas record time of 44.09 which ranks eighth among the qualifying marks. Arkansas moved up the list to fourth based on the fact that it beat a team like South Carolina, who holds the fifth-best mark, head-to-head.
Londa Bevins        In the 1,500-meter run, the Lady Razorbacks also made significant improvements. Senior Londa Bevins and junior Erica Sigmont were tabbed eighth and 12th a week ago, but again based on the achievements of the SEC meet, the duo went to fourth and sixth, respectively. Bevins has a season best of 4:16.56, but a career mark of 4:15.35, while Sigmont has run her personal best this year at 4:17.40. The tandem rank third and ninth on the national list.
Maureen Scott        Rounding out Arkansas' scoring potential at the NCAA meet as determined by Trackwire, is sophomore Maureen Scott in the grueling steeplechase. With only one collegiate steeplechase under her belt entering the 2004 season, Scott took to the event like a fish to water and has dropped her personal best by and astounding 34 seconds from 10:50.13 to 10:16.01. The SEC Champion in the event, Scott edged the defending champion and teammate Shiloh Whiting for the conference crown and has a slight advantage in the rankings as Whiting ranks 12th.
        The Lady Razorbacks are back in action with the NCAA Mideast Regional, May 28-29, at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. Arkansas plans to qualify as many individuals as possible at the regional for the NCAA Championships to be held in early June in Austin, Texas.

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