College Women's 4x100 (Heats)
110Thursday 1:10 PM
Nine fastest teams qualify for Championship Invitational, Event #334 (Friday, 1:00 pm). Next eight fastest teams qualify for a College Final, Event #335 (Friday, 1:05 pm). Next eight fastest ECAC teams qualify for ECAC Final, Event #336 (Friday, 1:07 pm).
Texas A&M has now won six in a row in this one, the longest consecutive win streak for any of the college women’s relay races. They have the nation’s leading time for this outdoor season, 43.03 at the Sun Angel Classic, and expect to use a lineup of Jennifer Madu, Ashton Purvis, Kamaria Brown and Aaliyah Brown. Madu, Purvis, Kamaria Brown and Olivia Ekpone constituted last year’s winning team. Ekpone still runs for the Aggies but is scheduled in other events.
The University of Technology has the year’s 2nd-fastest time, running 43.13 at the Gibson Relays in Kingston in January, using a team of Donya Ewers, Elaine Thompson, Shimayra Williams and Chanice Bonner. Thompson is the current world leader in the women’s 100, at 10.92. U-Tech was 3rd a year ago, behind A&M and Oregon.
The Ducks have run 43.31 this year and return Mary Bent Sant, Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd from last year’s squad. Freshman Ariana Washington, a past high school outstanding competitor winner at the Relays when she ran for Long Beach Poly, is now scheduled to run the 2nd leg for Oregon, replacing Phyllis Francis, who graduated.
A&M has been beaten already this season, losing a close one at the Texas Relays to the host Longhorns, 43.70-43.72. Texas uses a lineup of Morgan Snow, Ashley Spencer, Courtney Okolo and Morolake Akinosun. Texas was 4th a year ago.
Also in the mix is LSU, winner of this event 12 times but, thanks to the A&M streak, not since 2008. The Tigers are currently 2nd on the U.S. collegiate list, having run 43.23 at the Click Shootout in Arizona. They were 5th at the Relays a year ago.