Women’s 4x400m Relay Squad Shines on Day Two of NCAA Championships
Eugene, Ore. – UCLA's 4x400m relay team stole the show in the final event of day two of the NCAA Championships, clocking the No. 2 time in school history and earning qualification to Saturday's final.
The Bruins' quartet of Meleni Rodney, Makenzy Pierre-Webster, Kate Jendrezak, and Shae Anderson ran a blistering time of 3:27.68, the fastest time for the team this year and the second-fastest time in school history. UCLA finished second in the final heat and notched the third-fastest time of the day to advance to Saturday's final.
The time was just 11 one-hundredths of a second away from UCLA's school record of 3:27.57 – held by Sani Roseby, Sheena Johnson, Adia McKinnon, and Monique Henderson – that was set back in 2003. The 2021 squad improved upon its previous best of 3:28.70 from the NCAA West Preliminaries (May 29), which was previously the No. 3 time in school history.
Earlier in the day, Alyssa Wilson finished 10th overall in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 66.52m (218-3) on her first attempt. The redshirt junior just missed a spot in the final flight, but did secure her third-career top-10 national finish in the hammer.
Ilaria Casarotto finished her UCLA career with a 15th-place finish in the javelin competition. The UCLA school-record holder posted a throw of 52.80m (173-3).
Rodney capped her individual season in the 400m, finishing 10th overall with a time of 52.02. The senior was just 10 one-hundredths of a second away from earning a spot in Sunday's final.
UCLA's 4x100m squad finished fourth in the final heat of the event, crossing with a time of 44.07. The quartet of Chinyere Okoro, Anderson, Catherine Leger, and Pierre-Webster just missed a qualifying spot at 12th place overall.
Wilson and the 4x400m relay squad will be back in action on Saturday, June 12. Wilson is set to compete in the discus at 2:35 p.m. PT and the 4x4 will cap the National Meet at 5:21 p.m. PT.