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USA Championships conclude

BY ANDRES FOCIL
USA Championships conclude

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2006 USA Track and Field Championships concluded with a trio of current and former University of Arkansas Lady Razorbacks on display including recent NCAA all-America Jodi Unger and former NCAA champion LaSahunte’a Moore.

The 200 meters was the highlight of the day for Moore and Arkansas as the former Lady Razorback and NCAA Champion at the distance improved vastly from her preliminaries performance on Saturday to finish fifth overall. Coming into the semifinal round ranked 13th overall, Moore was stunning during her first race on Sunday when she clocked 23.01 to finish fifth and earn a spot in the event finals.

Moore then returned to the track just two hours later to run 23.03, just off her semifinals time and finish fifth in the overall standings. A stacked field stepped on the track for the 200-meter final but conspicuously absent was the meet favorite Allyson Felix who qualified for the final but did not show up to the line.

The pole vault competition pitted not just the best in the United States, but some of the best vaulters in the world. Included in the group were Unger and former Lady’Back April Steiner who made up a significant part of the 21-person field. With the opening height at 13-7 ¼, many of the vaulters failed to make a bar including Unger, but the misses were not without significance. Along with Arkansas’ current sensation, current NCAA Outdoor Champion Lacy Janson, SEC Outdoor Champion Kierney Jackson and NCAA indoor track record holder Amy Linnen all failed to make the opening height.

Steiner did make it over 13-7 ¼ on her first try to place herself in contention for the meet title, but a miss at 14-1 ¼ dropped her to sixth. Steiner would make the bar on her second to hold her position, but would not clear another height ending her day in a tie for the sixth spot.

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Sports Category : Track & Field (W)