Lady Hornets conclude season at NCAA Championships
EUGENE, Ore. - Alabama State competed against the nation’s best in a pair of events Thursday evening at Historic Hayward Field at the NCAA Championships, finishing as the fastest among all HBCUs in their respective events.
The 4x100-meter relay team didn’t have to wait long to take the track as they were in heat one of the opening track event of the day for the women. The Lady Hornets were matched up against four of the top eight times that qualified for the finals, including LSU who ran a facility and championship record 42.09 seconds to claim a spot in the finals.
Alabama State finished the day with a time of 44.88 seconds in the opening heat, finishing 20th overall and a spot ahead of fellow HBCU Bethune-Cookman at 44.97 seconds. The time would be good for second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), only behind the Lady Hornets’ season-best time of 44.72 seconds which was the time used to qualify for nationals.
Meanwhile, Shamaria Lovett – part of the 4x100 team – finished as the top 400-meter hurdler among all other HBCU student-athletes this season with a time of 1:00.44 to finish 23rd overall in a heat that had three of the top eight times of the day to qualify for the finals. She finished just 0.42 seconds behind Medinah Spencer of Oklahoma.