DI track and field: A pair of world records highlight the final day of West Prelims
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Arkansas women’s 4x400-meter relay broke multiple records on its way to victory in the final running event of the NCAA West Prelim Saturday at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas.
Turning in a time of 3:25.48, the Razorbacks clocked the fastest time in the nation and the world this year. Their heat of the relay was highly contested, as they barely edged out Texas in the final meters of the race. Arkansas, Texas (3:25.59) and USC (3:26.73) registered the top-three all-time performances in West Prelim history.
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Another world record was taken down in the men’s triple jump. UT-Arlington junior Tobi Fawehinmi broke the Paralympic World Record with a mark of 15.53 meters (50’11½”). Fawehinmi placed 17th in the field of 45 competitors. Tim White of Arizona State won the event on his final attempt with a mark of 16.43 meters (53’11”).
A fast field in the women’s 200-meter dash rewrote the West Prelim record book with four of the top-10 times carved in Saturday’s contest. Oregon’s Deajah Stevens won the event with a 22.48, claiming the fastest time since the inception of the meet. Deanna Hill (22.60) and Tynia Gaither (22.61) of USC turned in the third and fourth fastest all-time marks, while Oregon’s Ariana Washington (22.76) recorded the 10th-fastest time.
For the second-consecutive year, Portland senior William Kincaid won the men’s 5,000-meter run in a time of 14:09.13. Kincaid’s time set a new facility record.
Illinois’ Pedrya Seymour edged out Oregon freshman Alaysha Johnson to win the women’s 100-meter hurdles by two-hundredths of a second, finishing the sprint in12.96. Seymour and Johnson’s times are the fourth and fifth fastest times in West Prelim history.