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Hoosiers excel in multiple relays at Tennessee Relays


Freshman Zykeria Williams races in the 60 meter hurdles in the Hoosier Open on Dec. 8, 2017 in the Gladstein Fieldhouse. Williams was a member of the 4x200 team that finished fourth place at the Tennessee Relays.  Bobby Goddin

The Hoosiers finished all but one relay in the top 10 at the Tennessee Relays this weekend. 

Arguably the best performance this weekend came from the 4x800-meter participants — sophomore Joely Pinkston, junior Kelsey Harris and seniors Brenna Calder and Kendell Wiles. The veterans ran a time of 8:43.43, earning them a first-place spot in the race, as well as the eighth fastest time in IU history in the event. 

Just as they have earlier in the season, the Hoosiers also found success in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay, the 4x200-meter dash and the distance medley relay. 

Participants in the sprint medley relay included senior Brittany Thomas, freshman Hannah Stoffel and juniors Jaela Gay and Jeyland Valentin. The squad earned third place with a time of 3:57.22. 

The 4x200 team, made up of Thomas, sophomore Megan Grabowski, freshmen Zykeria Williams and Natalie Price, earned fourth place in the event. The quartet finished with a time of 1:35.62, which was good enough for the fourth fastest time in school history for this event.

As for the distance medley relay, the team was comprised of juniors Katherine Receveur, Haley Harris and Riley Egbula, and sophomore Mallory Mulzer. The junior dominant squad finished the race in a time 11:27.50, good enough for third place. 

Less successful relay teams included the 4x400-meter dash and the 4x100-meter dash. 

The 4x400-meter team earned seventh place with a time of 3:41.81. The relay team included Egbula, Wiles, Valentin and Price. 

The 4x100 meter team struggled a bit against the competition, earning 12th place with a time of 46.82. The team consisted of Grabowski, Price, Egbula and Williams. 

In addition to successful relays, the team also earned a number of personal bests at this meet. 

Sophomore jumper Leah Moran exceeded expectations when she broke her personal record twice in the triple jump. 

Moran started off the day by earning a personal record of 12.63 meters in the preliminary triple jump competition. She followed that performance up by topping her personal record by over three-tenths of a meter, earning herself a 12.97 meter jump and third place.

This mark moved Moran up from the eighth best performance in IU history to the second best performance. Moran sits at 15th in the nation in that event, as well as second in the Big Ten. 

Also earning personal bests in their respective field events were junior Aaliyah Armstead and sophomore Khayla Dawson. 

Armstead earned her personal record in the long jump, coming in fourth place with a distance of 6.21 meters. 

Dawson has had an extremely successful year in the shot put event. This weekend was no different. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native earned first place with a personal record of 16.94 meters. The athlete is currently ranked eighth in the event nationally and first in the Big Ten. 

The Hoosiers earned six personal records in total this weekend. 

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