PALO ALTO, Calif. – Sophomore Dacia Barr made the University of Arkansas women’s track team’s list of NCAA Mideast Regional qualifiers 10 when she ran 4:27.06 at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
Running in what turned out to be a relatively fast heat, Barr looked good from the start, but a pair of tactical errors and misfortune kept the budding star from shocking the crowd.
“Dacia is ready to run 4:20,” Arkansas head track coach Lance Harter said. “She got herself in a couple of bad situations today and was unable to recover from them. Those are things that can happen to anyone, so she learns from this and moves on. The important thing is that she got her regional qualifier and can now concentrate on getting ready for the SEC and regional meets.”
Barr was in the second of two heats in the women’s 1,500-meter run and did not let the setback of being in the slower of the two get her down. Taking charge of the race from the beginning, Barr would lead for portions of the competition before tangled runners influenced her position. She would still cross the finish seventh in her heat and 18th overall in the competition.
More importantly for the Lady Razorbacks is Barr’s regional qualifier which is the team’s 10th overall and the seventh different event that Arkansas will be represented in come May. The Lady Razorbacks also have qualifiers in the 200, 400, 5,000, 4×100 and 4×400 relays and the pole vault.
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