Kentucky’s Abby Steiner Wins NCAA Gold; Cats third overall

Abby Steiner of Kentucky set a collegiate record in the 200 yards at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on a soggy Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Steiner was focused until the finish, when she raised her arms and smiled broadly. His time of 21.80 seconds broke LSU sophomore Favor Ofili’s record of 21.96 set this year. Ofili was second behind Steiner.

“We just took what’s happened this whole season as a learning experience. Every race is an opportunity to learn from it and fix some parts of my 200. So I think it all came together. in place at the right time,” said Steiner, whose time is also the best in the world this season.

Steiner’s victory, coupled with the 4×400 relay team – Karimah Davis, Dajour Miles, Steiner and Alexis Holmes – also winning gold, helped Kentucky finish third in the team standings. Florida won the women’s tag team title with 74 points, a day after the Gators won the men’s championship. The Texas women were second with 64 points and Kentucky had 50.

“Anytime you’re at the end of the game and you’re one of the teams on the pitch, it means you’ve had a successful outing,” said England head coach Lonnie Greene.

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The Kentucky women’s track and field team celebrates their third-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday. White Chet British athletics

LSU’s Ofili previously set the NCAA record in the 200 in April (21.96) and won his showdown with Steiner at the Southeast Conference championships last month.

“I don’t think it’s fully understood yet,” Steiner said of his win.

“Just thinking back to last year’s meetup, I was watching it from my couch, and so much has gone into just being at that meetup in the first place. I’m just surrounded by so many amazing people at the Kentucky, my family was able to be here, so those are moments that I will cherish forever.

The collegiate record-holding British 4x400m relay team won the final event of the competition with a time of 3:22.55.

“Honestly, competing with such amazing talent around me motivates me to want to be good,” said Davis, who raced the first stage. “Seeing how much they all care about it all and put in all the effort, I think it’s amazing how much we all come together and make for some amazing times.”

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Abby Steiner of Kentucky finished first in the 200 meters, third in the 100 and was part of the gold-medal winning team in the 4×400 relay at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday . British athletics

Steiner made up for a deficit of around 25 yards on the third leg, eventually clearing a 48.92 gap before Holmes hammered a dominant 50.22 anchor leg.

“I was just thinking about my relay team, our teammates watching, our coaches, I really wanted to do well and perform for them and bring it home, so I was just trying to focus on reaching line first,” Holmes said.

The victory in 4×400 was also particularly pleasant for the team coach.

“It’s one of the individual events I’ve been playing for 30 years, and finally winning one was a hell of a feeling as a coach,” Greene said.

The women’s 4×100-meter relay team – Shadajah Ballard, Steiner, Masai Russell and Davis – won NCAA silver with a time of 42.55 to score eight points.

Masai Russell won his first individual outdoor NCAA medal, a bronze in the 100-meter hurdles, running 12.81. Russell came back and scored five more points in the 400 hurdles, running 55.83 for fourth place.

Steiner won bronze in the 100 meters with a time of 11.08 (+0.2), edged in ribbon by Julien Alfred of Texas (11.014) and Kemba Nelson of Oregon (11.020).

Alexis Holmes ran a personal best 50.71 for fourth place and five points in the 400 meters.

More winners

Florida sophomore Talitha Diggs, daughter of four-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs, won the 400m with a personal best 49.99. BYU’s Kristie Schoffield also clocked a personal best 2:01.09 in the 800m.

Ole Miss sophomore Sintayehu Vissa won the 1500m in 4:09.42. BYU senior Courtney Wayment took a big lead and won the steeplechase in a flat 9:16, a new college and competitive record.

LSU’s Alia Armstrong was first over the first hurdle and won the 100 hurdles in 12.57, fending off a late push from Southern Cal’s Jasmine Jones. Britton Wilson of Arkansas won the 400 hurdles in 53.86.

Katelyn Tuohy of North Carolina State defended her 5,000m title, winning in 15:18.39.

“My last 100 meters were so hard I was practically crawling,” Tuohy said. “But I was lucky to have a big enough gap before, so I was able to hold on.”

Texas won the 4×100 relay in 42.42.

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