SACRAMENTO, CA -- A blistering time of 43.05, the fastest by a collegiate team this season, earned the Texas A&M women a national title during the third day of the NCAA Championships.
The Aggies held off a challenge by LSU and USC, who placed second and third with times of 43.14 and 43.69. Texas didn’t finish the race as they failed to complete the baton exchange on the first leg.
This marks Texas A&M’s first-ever national title in the women’s 4 x 100 relay. Running for the Aggies were freshman Elizabeth Adeoti, freshman Porscha Lucas, junior Simone Facey and senior Tresha Henry.
The time recorded by Texas A&M lowered the school record from the 43.29 they ran to win the Midwest Region two weeks ago. It made them the sixth-fastest school in NCAA history and they finish the 2007 collegiate season with the fastest time of the year.
The last A&M relay to earn All-America honors was in 1982 during the AIAW era for women’s athletics.
Adeoti: “It was kind of nerve-racking to watch the end of the race. When I got out of the blocks I was kind of nervous, but I did what Coach (Vince) Anderson told us, ‘just execute like we have all season.’ It paid off.
It felt really different than any other race we’ve had this season. The pressure was there, but we worked through it and came out on top.
Lucas: “I have to wait for Liz to hit her mark then I can go. Then I just lay it out on the track. My handoff to Simone was great.
“I wasn’t sure what happened to Texas, I was focused on what I needed to do.
“I’m excited we won, especially in my freshman year. It’s a great way to start things off.
Henry: “I know when I’m on the anchor leg I need to maintain what all the other girls have done. I have to keep my form and have a strong finish to the end.
“It was excellent to see the time we ran for the win. I focused on my teammate and no other team. Once I get the baton I just get after it to the finish. I could hear Simone yelling, ‘Go Tresha, Go!’
Coach Pat Henry: “I’m extremely pleased with the way this group of young ladies conducts themselves as far as preparation to run in a meet like this. That’s key.
“But when you have two freshman lead off up front, with the leadoff and the second leg, you have deep concerns about that. This group has matured and they continue to mature as they year went along. This is a great way to top it off.
“The environment is so huge. Getting yourself into an environment that makes the best come out in you. With new people, freshman especially, that is always part of the concern. This group did a great job.”
Coach Vince Anderson (women’s sprints/hurdles coach): “It’s unbelievably joyful to see those kids succeed so well.
Rachel Foster, who anchored the relay at Big 12 and Midwest Region, was an integral part of it as well. Because when we moved her to the fourth leg things started materializing in a way we could understand and progress from. I’m just so proud of all those girls for learning and growing.
“I couldn’t be happier with how they put it together at the right time.”