CSUN Women's 400 Meter Relay Advances to NCAA Outdoor Championships
Final Results (PDF)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - On the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Round at John McDonnell Field, the Cal State Northridge 4x100 meter relay team advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.
"I'm extremely proud of our Matadors," said CSUN head coach Avery Anderson. "We did a great job out here against the nations best."
The relay team of Le'Shel Vines, Hafsatu Kamara, Lexis Lambert and Marie Veale ran a season-best 44.72, the fifth-fastest time in school history, to grab third-place in heat three which ensured a top-12 finish and a ticket to Eugene.
"Our women's 4x1 is one of the best in the country and that is incredible," said Anderson. "It was great redemption for our ladies after not getting the baton around at the conference meet. We knew we were one of the best in the country and we got the chance to prove that today."
Veale looked to add to her good fortune in the quarterfinal of the 200 meters later in the evening. With another possible trip to Eugene a possibility with a top-12 placing, the sophomore wound up seventh in heat one and 18th overall after clocking a time of 23.67.
The 4x400 relay concluded the meet and the CSUN women ran 3:42.31 which was sixth in heat three and 19th overall.
The Matadors were also active in the field events on the final day as Derion Taylor competed in the men's triple jump while Lydia French and Ashley Henry competed in the women's high jump.
Taylor had fouls on two of his three attempts but did get on the board with a mark of 49-5.75 (15.08) which was good for fifth in flight two and 25th overall.
Also making their NCAA debut were Henry and French and Henry converted her final attempt at 5-5.75 (1.67) before clearing 5-7.75 (1.72) on her first attempt. But three misses at 5-9.75 put the Big West runner-up in a tie for 20th. French, the conference champion was unsuccessful in three attempts at 5-5.75.
"All weekend we were consistently in position to earn one of the coveted spots," added Anderson. "But what you see here at this elite level is that no one is giving anything away. This is a tough meet, probably the toughest in the nation because you're competing against best in the country trying to earn one of a few spots. It's very tough to move on given that there's twice as many athletes here at the Preliminary Round then there are at the National Championships."
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