Philadelphia – An abundance of speed from two schools highlighted Friday’s portion of the 114th Penn Relays. Texas A&M women set an American record and broke three school records in relay races as they faced challenges from LSU in each.
The fantastic efforts by both teams thrilled the sun-drenched crowd of 39,904 fans and made for a scintillating display of speed in the sprints and hurdles at historic Franklin Field.
Penn Relays meet records fell in two Championship of America races, the 4 x 100 and Shuttle Hurdle, which featured a 1-2 finish by LSU and the Aggies.
The Tigers held a slim 42.59 to 42.69 edge in the sprint relay. Then LSU claimed the 4 x 100 shuttle hurdle race with a 52.77 to 52.96 margin as both teams eclipsed the previous collegiate record of 52.85 set by Illinois in 2001.
With A&M running four athletes from the U.S. they also laid claim to the American record in the 4 x 100 shuttle hurdle relay. The previous mark of 53.39 was set by Illinois at the 1996 Penn Relays. LSU ran with three U.S. athletes and a Jamaican.
Running on the relay for the Aggies were freshman Gabby Mayo (Raleigh, NC) along with a senior trio of Whitney Holmes (San Antonio, Texas), Lindsey Adams (Lufkin, Texas) and Jennifer Williams (Corpus Christi, Texas).
On the all-time world list the Aggies are third as the United States entry behind Russia (52.00) and Ukraine (52.30) and ahead of Great Britain (53.63).
In the qualifying race for the 4 x 200 Texas A&M ran the third-fastest time in the history of the Penn Relay Carnival as they lowered its school record with the top prelim time of 1:30.96.
The Aggie quartet of Khrystal Carter, Allison George, Simone Facey and Porscha Lucas cruised to a five and a half second win in their heat and bettered the school record of 1:32.06 they set in placing third at the 2007 Penn Relays.
Other finals on the day had Aggie frosh Julian Reid placing second in the long jump with a career best leap of 25-3 ¼ (7.70). Yasmine Regis finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 43-1 ¾ (13.15). Nick Robinson, who raced before 9 a.m. in the 400 hurdles, claimed fourth place with a clocking of 50.61.
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