Women's Track and Field wins 4x800 relay, Angel Williams adds NCAA qualifier at Texas Relays
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas 4x800-meter relay team defended its 2006 event championship, and sophomore Angel Williams ran a second NCAA regional qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles on the second day of the 2007 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium.
The Longhorns clocked 8:36.49 in the two-mile relay, giving UT its second consecutive event title and the third in the last four seasons. The time is the third fastest in school history and the speediest two-mile relay in the last 14 years.
Sophomore Katara Rosby (Baton Rouge, La.) and freshman Devon Williams (Parkville, Md.) ran the opening two segments, holding steady in the middle of the pack. Sophomore All-American Janine Davis (Elizabeth, N.J.) grabbed the baton and moved UT into third-place behind leader Baylor and second-place LSU. She caught up and passed LSU before exchanging with anchor leg and NCAA regional qualifier Temeka Kincy (Indianapolis, Ind.). Kincy made up the difference and caught the Bears' final leg, Lauren Hagans, on the second curve of her first lap, before outdistancing the competition and give Texas the relay championship.
"It means a lot to win here," said Kincy, immediately following her race. "We practice on this track every day and we can't lose at our house. I was just thinking of how my teammates, my coaches and my team were depending on me, so I gave it all I had.
"I felt great coming through the 400 and I knew I had enough to kick it in," Kincy continued. "We practice 200s everyday at practice so I knew I had what it takes to kick in that last 200 to finish."
Williams (Clarendon, Texas) opened the Longhorns' afternoon with her second regional qualifying time of the year. Williams cleared each barrier in the 400-meter hurdle race in a lifetime best 59.51. She finished 13th overall and will not advance to Saturday's final.
The events scheduled for Friday, April 5 start with a rolling schedule at 9:30 a.m. (CT). The 4x100-meter relays start the running session while the javelin, long jump, high jump, pole vault and shot put kick off the field event session at 10 a.m. (CT).