Alabama State prepares for NCAA Nationals
EUGENE, Ore. - Alabama State will begin their chase for a national championship Thursday at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, beginning with the 4x100-meter relay semifinals.
The Lady Hornets will run in the opening heat Thursday afternoon, and will run out of lane three after their 44.72 second finish in the East Preliminary Round. They will in the same heat with the two teams who advanced out of that heat – Northwestern State and LSU – in side-by-side lanes.
The top two teams from each of the three heats, plus the next two fastest times advance to the finals. The meet record in the event is held by Texas A&M at 42.36 seconds set in June 2009, while LSU holds the facility (42.65) and college best mark of the season (42.05) that was run at the East Preliminary.
Meanwhile, Shamaria Lovett will get nearly two hours after the relay to run in the 400-meter hurdles later Thursday evening. The junior will also run in heat one, running out of lane seven following her qualifying time of 57.30 seconds in the East Preliminary. She will be in a heat that features Symone Black of Purdue (56.16) and Anna Cockrell of USC (56.24) in the middle two lanes.
The top two from each heat of the three heats advance to the finals, along with the next two fastest times on the day. Kori Carter of Stanford holds the meet record at 53.21 seconds set back in June 2013, while Dalilah Muhammed of the US National Team holds the facility record at 52.88 seconds set back in July 2016. Sydney McLaughlin of Kentucky, running in the final heat Thursday, holds the collegiate best this season at 52.75 seconds set at the East Preliminary.
The finals of each event are set for Saturday.