Monday, April 16, 2007
SC State’s Dixon Sets School Mark in 400 Meters; Men’s 400-Meter Relay Team Earns NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark at USA Invite
ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State quarter miler Natalie Dixon set a school record in the 400 meters Saturday at the University of South Alabama (USA) Invitational at Mobile with a time of 52.22 seconds, the second fastest time in the NCAA East Region this season.
Dixon, a junior of Trinidad & Tobago, finished second in the event at Mobile and improved her qualifying standard for the upcoming Regional Championship at Gainesville, Florida next month. She erased her own school mark of 54.06 set last year at Winthrop in Rock Hill, SC.
Also qualifying for Regional competition was the SC State men’s 4x100-meter relay team of Michael Brown, Kenneth Rackins, Allen Hunter and Shawn Sergeant, which finished second in the event with a time of 40.20, the fastest time recorded in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this season.
Other top finishes for SC State on Saturday were Renee McWilliams (12.25), Jamia Foster (12.30 and Tereza Govrik (12.53), who finished 1-2-3 in the 100-meter dash; Williams, who was second in the 100-meter hurdles (15.70); Ashley Maddox, second in the high jump (1.65m./5-06ft.), Jasmine Smith, first in the long jump (5.58m); Rackins, third in the 400 meters (49.55), Levar Knight, second in the long jump (6.83m); and Jahwan Blair, first in the shot put (13.12m).
The Bulldogs travel to NC A&T this coming weekend, April 20-21 to compete in the A&T Invitational.