Columbus State Women's Track and Field Program Has Historic Night at NCAA Championship
Pueblo, CO – The Columbus State University women's track and field program had its best day in the three-year history of the program on Saturday at the NCAA Championship. The 4x100-meter relay team finished in third place while Shan Crawford finished fourth in the 200-meter dash. The NCAA Championship is taking place at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl in Pueblo, Colorado.
With their finishes, the 4x100-meter relay team and Crawford both earned All-American awards.
In the first event of the day, the Lady Cougar 4x100-meter relay team of Asha Alexander, Zanquetta Smith, LaQuita Daniel and Shan Crawford finished in third place in the final heat. The quartet crossed the line in 45.42 seconds to earn the All-American accolades. Adams State won the event with a time of 44.96 seconds while Lincoln came in second with a time of 45.11 seconds.
It is the first time in program history that a 4x100-meter relay team garnered All-America status for Columbus State.
Two and a half hours later, Crawford returned to the track for the 200-meter dash. Battling through the heat, the senior ran a 23.38 to finish in fourth place to earn her second All-American award of the night. Latoya King of Lincoln won the national championship with a time of 22.80.
The senior's time of 23.38 seconds broke her own program record of 23.66 seconds that she set yesterday in the preliminary heat.
Crawford, a Salem, AL native, ends her CSU career with four All-American accolades. In 2010, she finished in fifth place in the 100-meter dash while in 2011 she crossed the line in fifth place in the 200-meter dash.