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Women's 4x400-Meter Relay Team to Compete for National Track & Field Championship on Saturday


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The women’s 4x400-meter relay team will compete for a national title on Saturday after the quartet of Alexandra McCoy (Goldsboro, N.C.), Toneisha Friday (Somerset, N.J.), Janeille Brathwaite (Christ Church, Barbadost), and Jernail Hayes (Newark, Del.) ran a time 3:32.39 in the first heat of the relay at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

The top three finishers of each heat automatically advanced, while the next three fastest times also moved on to the finals. The Pirates finished fourth in their heat and have the fourth fastest overall time, and trailed LSU’s top preliminary time by just 1.03 seconds heading into the championship race.

Individually, seniors Clarisse Moh (Paris, France) and Rob Novak’s (Bordentown, N.J.) superb seasons came to a close after failing to advance to the finals in the men’s and women’s 800-meter run.

Moh ran a time of 2:06.48 in the first heat of the semi’s, and finished eighth. Novak stayed towards the front of the pack during the first lap, but fell off the pace in the final 400-meters, and placed ninth in heat two with a time of 1:53.92.

The championship race of the women’s 4x400-meter relay is slated to begin at 2:25 p.m. on Saturday and will be aired live on CBS Television. Coverage of the NCAA Championships begins at 2:00 p.m.