Jakosky Lets Race Come To Her

FAYETTEVILLE -- As Laura Jakosky made lap after lap in her 5,000-meter race she kept hearing the soothing words from coach Lance Harter.

"Your're running at 40 (seconds). Perfect."

Jakosky let Oral Roberts' Faithy Kamangila set the pace for the first 20 laps, but would not let her more than two feet away.

"Perfect, Jacko. You're perfect," Harter kept charging her way.

With five laps to go, Jakosky was given the green light to push it to the finish as Harding's Janet Kogo of Kenya began to close on the leaders.

Jakosky's lead grew and grew to where even a last-ditch effort by Kamangila was futile as the Lady'Back runner won the 5,000 in 16:36.92, good enough to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships.

As she crossed the finish line she showed an expression of deep relief and joy.

"That was huge. I thought she would open up at 17-flat. The girl in front of her was All-American in cross country, so, we respected her," Harter said. "We let her go out and do the work and if the things we want to happen, happen, then we will let you go."

From The Land Down Under
Australian Mark Fountain set the Aussie national record in the 1,000 meters Friday, the first individual running event of this weekend's meet, with a time of 2:20.30.

Fountain was aided in his attempt by Jose Botha who ran a quick 600 meters to set a fast pace for Fountain before bowing out 400 meters before the finish.

"It is nice to have but I'm not going to rest on it," said Fountain, who trains with Arkansas coach John McDonnell.

Fountain, 22, tried to get eligibility to run track for the Razorbacks but failed, but he wouldn't leave Fayetteville.

"After meeting coach Mac and the guys I just couldn't leave," Fountain said.

Cragg Crazy
Alistair Cragg, former Razorback distance champion, made his competitive return to the Randal Tyson Track Center on Friday by running the anchor leg of the men's distance medley relay.

Given a three-second deficit after the last hand-off, Cragg made up time in a hurry on Arkansas' Said Ahmed. When taking the baton and passing Ahmed, those in attendance Friday gave a roar to Cragg, who won seven national championships and earned All-America honors 13 times.

Cragg finished eighth at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, while competing for Ireland.

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