HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — In Xavier University of Louisiana's final opportunity to qualify for the NAIA National Track and Field Championships in the women's 1,600-meter relay, the Gold Nuggets delivered.
The XU quartet of Kailey Williams, Clarke Allen, Chinyere Jones and Kayla Quincyproduced a time of 3 minutes, 56.71 seconds Saturday at the HBCU National Classic to win the event and meet the NAIA's B-qualifying standard for nationals.
Xavier recorded its fastest time in this event since Devinn Rolland, Zahri Jackson,Tramaine Shannon and Chartia Hurt finished in a school-record 3:54.13 at the LSU Relays on March 23, 2013.
The NAIA national meet will be May 26-28 at Gulf Shores, Ala. Previously qualified from the Gold Nuggets were Chelsea James in the 100, Quincy in the 200 and 400 and the 400 relay team of James, Destini Thomas, Alexis Milton and Martina Wright.
Also Saturday, the Gold Nuggets Milton was third in the 100 in a season-best 12.62, and Wright was fifth in 12.80. Keairez Coleman placed third in the men's triple jump in 13.67 meters (44 feet, 10 1/4 inches). Coleman was one-hundredth of a meter from his season best.
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA