Texas A&M Sets New Collegiate Record in 4×200
(Pictured L-R: Jessica Beard, Jeneba Tarmoh, Gabby Mayo, Porscha Lucas). Texas A&M’s squad of Tarmoh, Mayo, Beard and Lucas clocked 1:29.42 for a new collegiate record, topping the mark of 1:29.78 set by LSU (Davy, Hall, Durst, Lee) in 2003. It was one of many fantastic performances from across the country this past weekend.
Gabby Mayo was named the Penn Relays college women’s athlete of the meet for relay events. Mayo ran on three winning relays teams for the Aggies, the 4×100 (43.09) and shuttle hurdles (52.50) on Friday, and then the 4×200 (1:29.42) on Saturday.
“I’m so happy and excited,” Mayo said. “I was nervous being on the 4 x 200 today, but we did everything we had to do and we came out on top again.”
Mayo ran the second leg of the 4 x 200, which was led off by Jeneba Tarmoh. Jessica Beard covered the third leg and Porscha Lucas carried it home on the anchor leg. “We did what we had to do to get this title and the record,” Tarmoh said. “I’m very proud of what we accomplished here this weekend. I love having a crowd like this and the enthusiasm that fills the stadium. It helps you run so much faster.”
Auburn challenged the Aggies early, but a miscue on the second exchange slowed the Tigers a bit. Auburn finished second in 1:31.59 while LSU placed third in 1:31.70. The rest of the field included Houston (1:32.89), Clemson (1:33.84), Hampton (1:34.29) and Pittsburgh (1:35.29).
“The crowd really got us excited to run today,” Beard stated. “I think we used the positive energy to our advantage.
“I just stayed focused and made sure Gabby and I got the stick exchanged while Auburn had problem with the exchange zone. We knew Auburn and LSU were going to be our main competition. So I just wanted to do my part and get the stick to Porscha in the lead.”
Lucas, who has been part of five Penn Relay victories, added: “I never thought I’d have this many watches from winning relay events at the Penn Relays. I’m happy I do. It’s very memorable to leave here with a collegiate record.”