ALLENDALE, Mich. - A series of events led to an unforgettable finish to day two at the NCAA championships capped off by the Texan 4x400m relay qualifying for tomorrows final.
Getting things started for Tarleton was freshman DeAijha Hicks-Boyce in the 200m.
Hicks-Boyce, who is the first TexAnn to run the 200m at the NCAA meet since school record holder Derekia Coleman in 2011, started the race off strong holding her stagger through the first 90-meters finishing seventh in her heat recording a time of 25.23 to finish 19th in the nation.
Hicks-Boyce would return to the track a few hours later, along with teammates LaDaria Nelson, Leslie Zupanic, and Jasmine Owens for the prelims in the 4x400m relay.
The TexAnn relay entered the prelims with the No. 7 time in the nation after running a school record 3:42.15 in a second-place finish at the Lone Star Conference meet May 9th.
They had been waiting on this moment since they first found out that they had ben accepted to the national meet but would have to wait a little bit longer after an "accident" in the previous heat caused a swirl of activity on the track. The athletes in the third-heat of the women's 4x400m relay were ushered off the track as they cleaned up the track and got it back to competing standards. The delay lasted roughly an hour and set back the prelim time not only for the women in the third heat, but also the men's 4x400 prelims that were to follow the women.
After cleaning up the track and allowing the athletes time to get warm again the prelims began at 9:20 p.m. (ET).
LaDaria Nelson popped the TexAnn 4x400m relay off with statement lighting up the backstretch of the track and breaking stagger on the field before finishing strong to hand the baton off to Hicks-Boyce in second-place. Hicks-Boyce would carry the stick returning to the exchange zone and handing off to Leslie Zupanic in third-place. Zupanic, a freshman from McKinney, held steady in the middle of the pack returning the baton once again to the exchange zone, this time in fourth-place. The final leg of the TexAnn relay, Jasmine Owens, finished the race crossing the line and stopping the clock at three-minutes 44.79 seconds finishing 12th overall.
Following the women were the men of Tarleton State who entered the prelims with the No. 1 time in the nation at 3:08.53, set in a first-place finish at the Lone Star Conference meet May 9th in San Angelo.
The second heat of the men's mile relay would see the foursome of Terrance Gross, Cameron Krc, Clarencio Guerrero, and Gilson Umunnakwe carry the baton to the tune of 3:10.95 qualifying for tomorrow final as the No. 5 relay finishing third in their heat.
Through eight events scored on the womens side the TexAnns are in a Three-way tie for 9th with 10 points. Central Missouri, host school Grand Valley State, and New Mexico Highlands are your current leaders with total scores of 51, 24, and 21, respectively.