Columbus State's 4x100-Meter Relay Team Impresses at Nationals
Pueblo, CO – The Columbus State University 4x100-meter relay team ran a school record time of 45.17 seconds in the preliminary round heat of the NCAA Championship. With the time, the group qualified for the finals, which will take place on Saturday, The NCAA Championship is being held at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl in Pueblo, Colorado.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Asha Alexander, Shan Crawford, LaQuita Daniel and Zanquetta Smith broke the previous school record by .31 seconds, which they set this season at the Coach O Invitational. The quartet ran the third quickest time at the event to advance to the finals on Saturday.
It is the first time in program history that a 4x100-meter relay team qualified for the final heat in NCAA Championship.
Crawford also ran in the preliminaries for the 100-meter dash posting a time of 12.04 seconds. The senior failed to advance finishing in 18th place. In 2010, Crawford was named the program's first All-American earning the status in the 100-meter run.
Crawford will have another chance tomorrow afternoon running in the preliminaries in the 200-meter dash at 7:30 p.m. The 4x100-meter relay team will have a day off before participating in the finals on Saturday at 5:10 p.m.