EUGENE, OR (WAFB) - The LSU women's 4x100-meter relay team set the Hayward Field and NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships record Thursday in Eugene, Oregon by running a 42.09, which is the second fastest collegiate time ever.
The only other time faster was also set by LSU just a couple of weeks ago at the SEC Championships in Knoxville, TN, when the team ran a 42.05.
With the first place finish, the team of Aleia Hobbs, Mikiah Brisco, Kourtnei Johnson, and Rachel Misher qualified for the finals on Saturday. All of this happened a year after they actually dropped the baton and failed to advance, despite being the favorites.
"Going into the race, our main goal was to get the stick around the track," Hobbs said after the race. "We did that, but our handoffs were still kind of iffy, but I mean, everyone ran it in between the zone and we came out with the time."
The LSU women's 4x400 team qualified for the semifinals as well. The 4x4 team missed the automatic qualifier, but instead, qualified with its time.
Saturday will be a showdown in the women's 100-meter dash and LSU will be well represented. Brisco and Hobbs both qualified. Hobbs finished first in heat three, while Brisco finished second in heat two.
Brisco is the defending national champion, while Hobbs finished fifth in 2017. They finished first and second at the SEC indoor championships earlier this season.
With an opportunity to win a title and earn some much needed points for their team, they both know it's going to be a memorable race.