College Women's 4x400 Championship of America Invitational

Event 495Saturday 5:50 PM
Presented by Core Power
Records
NR Texas 3:23.75 2004 Sheretta Jones (52.8), Raasin McIntosh (50.7), Jerrika Chapple (50.0), Sanya Richards (50.3)
AR National Team 3:15.51 1988 Denean Howard (49.82), Diane Dixon (49.17), Valerie Brisco (48.44), Florence Griffith Joyner (48.08)
PR Texas 3:25.05 2014 Briana Nelson (52.1), Courtney Okolo (49.7), Kendall Baisden (52.57), Ashley Spencer (50.67)
FF Texas 3:25.05 2014 Briana Nelson (52.1), Courtney Okolo (49.7), Kendall Baisden (52.57), Ashley Spencer (50.67)

Entries not yet determined

Race Preview Oregon’s great meet record of 3:26.73 from 2013 lasted just one year as Texas took it all the way down to 3:25.05 a year ago, and most of that great squad is back for another try. The 2015 lineup is expected to be returnees Kendall Baisden, Ashley Spencer and Courtney Okolo along with newcomer Ariel Jones. Texas’s win a year ago was its 11th in the event, the most of any school at the Relays. Okolo was NCAA 400 champion last year.

A&M, the champions in ’12 and 3rd a year ago, finished 2nd behind Texas at last year’s NCAA outdoor championships, 3:24 to 3:25. They also have a formidable lineup of two individual NCAA champions, Shamier Little (400H) and Kamaria Brown (200), along with the individual 100 champion at last year’s Relays, Olivia Ekpone, plus Ebony Crear.

The No. 2 time from this outdoor season belongs to the fine Jamaican U-Tech squad, which ran 3:29.87 at Gibson Relays. They have a lineup of Jamaicans Janieve Russell, Samantha James and Shericka Jackson and a Namibian runner, Tjipekora Herunga. Jackson has run a world-leading 51.39 400 this spring.

Other contenders include such NCAA indoor finalists as Clemson, Duke and Florida State. Oregon, 2nd last year and champions the year before, are not entered.

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Event History

Relays Top 10
3:25.05 Texas 2014
3:26.73 Oregon 2013
3:27.64 Texas 2003
3:27.85 Miami (Fla) 2006
3:27.85 UTech 2013
3:27.89 Texas A&M 2013
3:27.93 Auburn 2006
3:27.96 LSU 2006
3:28.00 South Carolina 2005
3:28.34 South Carolina 2001
Recent Champions
2014 Texas 3:25.05
2013 Oregon 3:26.73
2012 Texas A&M 3:33.52
2011 Texas 3:00.08
2010 UTech 3:31.54
2009 UTech 3:30.61
2008 Penn State 3:31.44
2007 South Carolina 3:29.78
2006 Miami (Fla) 3:27.85
2005 South Carolina 3:28.00
Most Victories
11 Texas
6 South Carolina
2 Tennessee State
2 LSU
2 Florida State
2 Florida
2 UTech
2 Arizona State

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