Cooper clocks nation's fastest 400m hurdles to win Texas Relays crown
April 3, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Sophomore Angele Cooper clocked the fastest 400m hurdles time in the nation with her 56.52 to win the event on the fourth and final day of the 83rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays held out at Mike A. Myers Stadium, Saturday afternoon.
Cooper, who entered the race with the fastest preliminary time (59.39), bettered her previous PR of 58.18 by over a second and a half. Her time was the fastest in the nation this year and the fourth fastest in the world. Cooper also posted the fastest time by a Longhorn since Melaine Walker''s 54.87 in 2006, also run at the Texas Relays.
Also winning a Texas Relays crown on Saturday was redshirt junior Betzy Jimenez who crossed the line first in the 1,500m in 4:23.50. Sophomore Mia Behm also ran in the event, finishing in a personal best 4:28.40 for fourth place.
The Horns' 4x400m relay of Stacey-Ann Smith, Alicia Peterson, Chantel Malone and Cooper posted a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:32.98, their fastest of the season. Freshman Chalonda Goodman also collected a fourth-place finish with an 11.61 (2.3w) in the 100m invitational final.
The Horns return to the track at the Michael Johnson Invite on April 17 in Waco, Texas.
POST MEET QUTOES
On sophomore Angele Cooper's time: She did an excellent, excellent, excellent job.
Sophomore Angele Cooper
Redshirt junior Betzy Jimenez
Invitational 100m 4. Chalonda Goodman, 11.61 (2.3w)