MEN'S 4X800 RELAY TEAM BREAKS 27-YEAR OLD SCHOOL RECORD
April 24, 2009
Des Moines, Iowa - Prior to their trip to Des Moines, head coach John Sauerhage was hoping his 4x800 men's relay team would break a 27-year old school record. "I think we have a real chance to break that mark," he said before he left for the 100th edition of the Drake Relays. "It's been a record I hoped we could break for a long time." Well those thoughts came true Friday as his team in that relay of Idilio Campos, Darren Rous, Ozie Hood and Dwight Robinson ran 7:26.47 to break the old mark of 7:27.82 set in 1982. That team consisted on Ron Morian, Tyrone Nichols, John Love and Sammy Montalvo. "We finally did it," Sauerhage said.
The men's 4X100 team finished second among 24 other universities in the prelims of that event. The team of Jarid Vaughan, Cordero Gray, Byron Majors and Takeshi Fujiwara the heat in 40.25 and finished only behind Baylor. The field for Saturday's finals includes BCS conference schools Alabama, Georgia, Iowa and Michigan State.
On the women's side, the Lady Mavs had two relay teams in action Friday afternoon. The 4X200 team, made up of Jasmine Walls, Clarissa Toomer, Antonia Hopkins and LaDoreal Thompson, finished fifth out of 17 schools in the finals and set a new season best time of 1:37.46. The team narrowly beat its previous time by improving .15 seconds.
The women's 4X200 team, who barely missed qualifying for the regional meet last weekend at the TCU Invitational (.97 seconds off the regional qualifying mark), finished in 15th place in the prelims. The team's time of 3:48.35 was not fast enough to advance to Saturday's finals. Juniors Megan Turner and Antonia Hopkins teamed up with freshman Clarissa Toomer and Markeisha Dudley to run the heat.
UTA is back on the track bright and early Saturday morning with the action starting at 8 a.m.
Catch highlights from Saturday's action on Sunday, April 26 on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. CT.
Live stats are available online at godrakebulldogs.com.