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Winners & Record Setters

By Winners OnlyPublished about a year ago 3 min read
McKenzie, Angel, Taiya & Kya.

Long shatters Ole Miss' 100 meters record

On March 31, McKenzie Long of Ole Miss ran a smoking hot time of 10.80 with the help of a 3.5 tailwind during the preliminary round of the 100 meters at the Texas Relays. Long, a transfer from North Carolina State, followed that performance with a still very impressive time of 11 seconds flat to win the final round. Prior to Long's performance no Ole Miss sprinter had ever ran under 11.19 seconds as Brandee Presley set the school record at that time in 2019.

Gazaway gets first outdoor hurdles win at Texas Relays

Angel Gazaway's successful senior season continues as she ran a career best time of 13.58 seconds to win the 100-meter hurdles at the Texas Relays, April 1. The Cincinnati native, who won the 60-meter hurdles championship for Eastern Michigan at this year's Mid-American Conference indoor championship meet, beat out 78 competitors, including runner-up Bella Witt, a sophomore from Georgia who crossed the finish line at 13.63 and Howard junior Cathrina Morris' third-place effort of 13.64.

Gazaway's time is the sixth best all-time 100-meter hurdles finish at Eastern Michigan. It is also the first win in the event of her collegiate career. Prior to this weekend, Gazaway and her teammate Alysse Wade, 2021 Mid-American Conference 100-meter hurdles champ, were the only hurdlers in the conference with a finish under 14 seconds for the season.

Shelby breaks Vandy 800 meters record

Taiya Shelby ran a time of 2:03.89 which was third behind pros Anna Hall (2:03.23) and Emily Ricahrds (2:03.32) at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, March 31. Shelby recorded the top time of all participating collegiate athletes. She also ran the fastest 800 meters in the history of the Vanderbilt program.

Shelby finished ahead of Big Ten indoor 800 meters champ Penn State's Rachel Gearing who was fourth at 2:03.92. Florida's Imogen Barrett competed against Shelby in the 800 meters race at this year's SEC indoor meet. Barrett placed seventh in that race but looks to defend her outdoor SEC championship that she won last season. With a time of 2:04.28, Barrett placed fifth at the Florida Relays.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Shelby is coming off of an indoor season where she won bronze medals at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 800 meters and 1,600-meter relay. Over the past two seasons Shelby has qualified for and competed at the NCAA championship meet in the 400 meters.

Freshman Epps climbs up 100 meters rankings

On March 31, Kya Epps of Walsh recorded a third-place 100 meters finish at Vertklasse with a time of 11.51 in High Point, North Carolina. The NCAA Division II sprinter finished behind two NCAA Division I competitors as Virginia Commonwealth's Kayelyn Tate (11.40) and Lauryn Taylor (11.45) earned the top two spots.

At the end of the day, Epps had the fifth fastest time on the Division II level. The freshman from Akron, Ohio, is off to a strong start to her collegiate career. During the indoor season she won the 200 meters championship and earned a silver medal in the 60 meters at the G-MAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. Epps als0 earned All-American honors as she competed in both events at the NCAA Division II indoor meet.

On April 1, Epps teamed up with Kelsey Hartsock, Style Henry and Claire Martin to earn a top-five finish in the 400-meter relay. More importantly she and her teammates set the school record in that event with a time of 46.90.

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