ATHENS, Greece – Former University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track and field stars Veronica Campbell and Nicole Teter get their first tastes of Olympic track and field competition on Friday as preliminaries of the 100 and 800 meters compete on the opening day of track at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece.
Campbell, the NCAA champion at 200 meters during the 2004 indoor campaign qualified for the Olympics in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes for her native Jamaica. A veteran of the Games, Campbell is a silver medalist in the 4×100-meter relay from the Sydney Olympics, but Athens adds a new challenge as she is competing in her first individual competition. Campbell certainly has her work cut out for her on Friday as she has the opportunity to compete in both the first and second rounds of the 100 meters. Semifinals and finals action of the races are scheduled for Saturday
Teter is running in her first Olympic competition in 2004 after finishing second at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in July. As a Lady Razorback she was a two-time all-American and still continues to hold the Lady Razorback record for 800 meters indoors and boasts the second fastest outdoor mark, both set in 1992. Teter has only one race to worry about on Friday, with semifinal action slated for Saturday and finals on Monday.
Other former Lady Razorbacks who will see action at the Games include Deena (Drossin) Kastor in the marathon and LaShaunte’a Moore in the 200 and 4×100-meter relay.
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