Rose Clocks Fastest 800 Qualifier in Collegiate History on Day Two of NCAA Championships
AUSTIN, Texas – The LSU women’s track and field team closed out their first day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium in Austin, Texas.
To start the day off for LSU, the women’s 4×100-meter relay team consisting of Alia Armstrong, Favour Ofili, Brianna Lyston, and Thelma Davies got out to a season-best time of 42.84 seconds. There time earned them second behind a world-leading and collegiate-record time of 41.55 from the Texas Longhorns squad, giving the much sought-after big Q. The 4×100 team will compete in the final on Saturday at 8:02 p.m. CT.
Armstrong went on to auto-qualify for the 100-meter hurdle final after winning her heat with a time of 12.54 seconds (+0.0 m/s). Her time was the fastest of the day and qualified her for her second-career 100mH final. The final on Saturday is the most anticipated race of the weekend, and will most likely require a new collegiate record to win.
“It wasn’t one of my most explosive starts but I was pretty satisfied with how I recovered and came back,” said Armstrong. “I really just wanted to qualify, get through, and have a clean race.”
With no doubts in our minds, Michaela Rose is heading to the 800-meter final after coasting to a 2:00.31 in the semis. Rose’s time was the qualifying time in collegiate history, and was the third Mike A. Myers Stadium record she has set this season (4×400, DMR, 800m). With her time, she paced six other runners in heat three to place second through seventh right behind her.
In her first season with the Tigers, Shani’a Bellamy was able to qualify for her first ever NCAA final. Bellamy clocked a time of 55.99 seconds in the first heat to qualify by time. Her time was just .03 off of her personal-best of 55.96, which helped her win the Texas Relays earlier this season.
The Tigers will enter the women’s final day of competition on Saturday with five more chances to score.