Womens 4x400 Breaks School Record
June 10, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas - The weather cleared up on the second day of action and the Red Raiders came out strong with the team qualifying for finals in four events at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. Tech will get the chance to earn points tomorrow as the finals in the men's discus, women's pole vault and men's 100M dash are scheduled on Friday.
On only two jumps each, redshirt freshman Sage Thames and sophomore Bobby Most secured a spot in the finals of the pole vault. Thames and Most passed on the opening height of 16'- 4.75" (5.00m) and both went on to clear 16'-10.75" (5.15m) and 17'- 4.5" (5.30m), with one jump at each height. They will advance to finals on Saturday at 6:45 p.m.
Junior Tyree Gailes turned in a season-best time of 10.13 in the 100M dash to win his heat and finish third overall. His time was the only time in the top four that was not wind-aided. Gailes will compete tomorrow at 9:20 p.m. in the finals.
Junior Jonathan Johnson is on his way to a National Championship title after finishing first in the prelims with a time of 1:46.76 in the 800M. After finishing second at last year's championship, Johnson will look to become Tech's first ever-male National Champion as he competes in the finals held Saturday at 8:45 p.m.
Both junior Shereefa Lloyd and junior Albert Booker competed in the prelims of the 200M but did not advance to finals. Lloyd narrowly missed the qualifying cut off with an 11th-place finish in a time of 23.32. Booker finished 14th with a time of 20.73.
The womens 4x400 relay entered heat one with the fifth best time and finished third in the heat with a school-record time of 3:31.25. This beats the previous record time by almost three seconds. Senior Rachelle Evans led off for the Raiders and handed off to Lloyd with the team in fifth-place. Lloyd moved the team to fourth-place when sophomore Tori Polk took over, keeping the team in fourth. Junior Licretia Sibley took over for the anchor leg and could not close in on Miami but did secure a spot in finals on Saturday at 9:35 p.m.
In a heated battle, the men's 4x400 team ran a 3:05.20 to finish fourth in their heat and 10th overall, one place short of advancing to finals.
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