Notes and Quotes from Day Three of NCAA Track and Field Championships
June 1, 2001
2001 NCAA TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Race In Review
Friday, June 1 B Hayward Field
Women's 4x100 Relay B Final
USC's Angela Williams, two-time 100 champion, gave the Trojans the lead after the first leg, but all teams passed cleanly. Candace Young kept USC in front after 200 meters, but Florida=s Ebony Shotwell and Keyon Soley were not flawless with the Gators= second exchange. Natasha Neal kept USC in front, giving anchor Kinshasa Davis a short lead down the straightaway. However, LSU closer Muna Lee, powered to the lead and hit the tape with a two-meter victory. USC prevailed for second and a fast-closing Miki Barber hauled South Carolina up to third. LSU=s victory was their first in the event since 1997, but the Tigers owned the race before, winning sixth consecutive one-lap relays. USC was prevented from defending the crown it won in 2000 with Williams, Young and Davis on the team. It was the slowest winning time in the race since LSU clocked :43.99 in 1990 at Durham, N.C.
Men's 4x100 Relay B Final
In the first step toward an NCAA title, Texas Christian roared to a Hayward Field record by capturing the first head-to-head battle with Tennessee behind the stellar anchor carry by senior Kim Collins (2001 Indoor 60/200 champ). The Frogs led after the first leg when all-American Lindel Frater produced the fastest mark out of the blocks. Tennessee=s Justin Gatlin brought the Vols back into contention on the second leg and TCU=s Darvis Patton and Tennessee=s Hassaan Stamps touched evenly for the final baton pass. But, Collins was strong enough to pull away in the final 50 meters. Texas-El Paso was flawless around the track to take third and Prairie View was a distant fourth. The Frogs rewrote the event mark for the second time in three days, lowering the record of :38.66 Tennessee scorched in the Wednesday trials. LSU, expected to be a factor in the race and the team chase, did not finish when Robert Parham and Pete Coley missed connections on the second exchange. TCU atoned for not finishing in the event a year ago at Duke. South Carolina, which ran second in the event a year ago, was sixth.
Women's 400 Hurdles B Final
The race belonged to Angel Patterson of Texas (5th 2000) from the first hurdle in lane seven. Behind her, Michelle Perry of UCLA was keeping pace and Harvard's Brenda Taylor (7th 2000) was methodically chopping into the lead. Perry began to fade as the field hit the straightaway, but Taylor was moving closer and wrested away the lead after the ninth hurdle. Allison Beckford of Rice also was among the fastest runners at the finish and took second, although her bid for possibly winning the race was blunted by fatigue and sloppiness over the next-to-last barrier. Taylor became the second Harvard woman to win an NCAA outdoor championship, joining standout Meredith Rainey who captured the 800 in 1989 at Provo, Utah.