Carter wins second major relays championship in three days at Drake
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Senior Michelle Carter won the shot put and the 4x100-meter relay took the event championship in a season-best 43.94 seconds as the sixth-ranked Texas women's track and field team wrapped up the final day of the 2007 Drake Relays on Saturday, April 28 at Drake Stadium.
After winning the shot put at the Penn Relays on Thursday (April 26), senior Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) completed the weekend sweep, taking her first Drake Relays title with a season-best shot put throw of 56 feet, 9.25 inches (17.30m). It marks her fourth NCAA regional throw this year and is the third farthest throw on the national list entering this weekend.
"What Michelle did was historical," said Texas head women's track and field coach Bev Kearney. "Winning two major meets back-to-back, in the same weekend says a lot. We did this because it was her last year and she wanted one more shot at winning Penn Relays in college but also competing with her team at Drake. It's similar to cramming for finals; she wanted a shot at doing it all so she could walk away with no regrets. The schedule allowed the double so we went with it."
The 4x100-meter relay also added a win for the Longhorn women. All-Americans junior Jasmine Lee (Norwalk, Calif.), sophomore Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.), senior Jerrika Chapple (Lancaster, Texas) and senior Chauntae Bayne (Fort Worth, Texas) won the race in a season-best 43.94 seconds.
Lee, Anderson and Bayne joined hurdler Angel Williams (Clarendon, Texas) in the 4x400-meter relay that ran a season-best 3:33.33 for third in the race.
"They ran an awesome race," continued Kearney."With two open lanes next two us, we were running from the front which is hard to do. Both relays showed that we are headed in the right direction. We've got time to get to where we want to be but we feel better about going in the right direction."
Defending national champion high jumper Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) cleared 6-0.75 (1.85m) in taking third overall, and finishing as the second collegian, in the high jump.
Competing across the country at the final day of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, sophomore Katara Rosby (Baton Rouge, La.), freshman Devon Williams (Parkville, Md.), sophomore Janine Davis (Elizabeth, N.J.), and junior Temeka Kincy (Indianapolis, Ind.) combined to run 8:38.31 and take third in the 4x800-meter relay Championship of America race.
Texas exes Marshavet Hooker and Moushami Robinson ran for Team USA Track and Field at Penn. Robinson won a Penn Relays championship as the third leg of the USA Red 4x400-meter relay (3:24.70). Hooker's USA Blue team took third in the Olympic Development 4x100-meter relay (43.59).