Emory Women Finish 18th at NCAA Championships
The Emory University women's track and field team received
all-America and school-record performances from both its
4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay teams, leading the squad to
a 18th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Outdoor
Championships in Claremont, California.
The 4x100-meter relay team of senior Jasmine McCullough, senior Alix Dyer, senior Lauren Attiah and freshman Debora Adjibaba finished fourth to score five points for the Eagles. The team's time of 46.87 seconds was the fastest time in school history, as the relay become just the second team in the program's history to record a time in the event under 47 seconds. The previous school-record time of 46.91 seconds was set at the 2009 NCAA Championships.
By virtue of finishing fourth, the members of the 4x100-meter relay team each earned all-America honors for the event. It was the first outdoor all-America honor for McCullough, Attiah and Adjibaba, while Dyer earned an outdoor all-America certificate as part of the 4x100-meter relay team in 2009. It marked just the second time in the Emory women's outdoor program history that a relay has claimed all-America honors.
It would not take long for the Eagles to add on another all-America relay honor, as the 4x400-meter relay team placed third in the finals of the event, scoring six more points for the team. Emory's squad of Adjibaba, Attiah, junior Kaele Leonard and Dyer finished with a school-record time of 3:46.35. The mark broke the program record of 3:47.51, set during the preliminaries of the meet. It was the first career outdoor all-America honor for Leonard.
Dyer, Attiah and Adjibaba joined former Eagles Regina Robinson (1994) and Kahlilah Jennings (1997) as the only Emory women to earn multiple all-America honors in a single outdoor meet. Dyer will end her Emory career with three outdoor all-America honors, more than any other women's athlete in the program's history.
Attiah added a 13th-place finish in the women's triple jump with a leap of 11.67 meters. Also in action on the final day of the NCAAs was senior Ian Francis, who finished 13th in the triple jump a leap of 14.49 meters, his third-longest jump of the season.
Emory's women totaled 11 points during the meet, finishing tied for 18th-place with Linfield College. The 18th-place finish matches the 2001 squad for the second-best national finish in the program's history. The Emory women finished ninth in the team standings in 2002.
Warburg College won the women's side of the meet with 129 points scored, while the men's side of the meet was claimed by McMurray College.
With the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the books, competition for all Emory teams during the 2011-12 academic year has come to a close.