Philadelphia – The showdown for the Championship of America title in the women’s 4 x 100 at the Penn Relay Carnival produced a thrilling race between Texas A&M and LSU.
The Tigers claimed their 12th title in this event at this meet in record time of 42.59 while the Aggies were runner-up in a school record 42.69.
Both bettered the Penn Relays meet record of 42.73 seconds set in 2003 by LSU.
LSU’s time is the third fastest ever on the college all-time list, trailing only two other LSU marks – a 42.50 set in 1989 at altitude in Provo, Utah, and a 42.55 established in 2003 at the NCAA meet held in Sacramento, California.
Texas A&M, which lowered its school record of 42.97 set in defeating LSU during the Texas Relays earlier this month, now is the second fastest school in the 4 x 100 with the sixth fastest performance.
On the all-time list the Aggie women are second to LSU’s 42.55 and now ahead of the 42.76 recorded by Texas at the 1998 NCAA meet. The rest of the top 10 includes: South Carolina (42.83), Florida State (42.94), USC (42.96), Florida (43.12), Tennessee (43.18), Auburn (43.32) and TCU (43.37).
The race between the two sprint powers also generated the fastest pair of finishers in the same race. They bettered the 42.55 (LSU) and 42.83 (South Carolina) combo from the 2003 NCAA Championships.