Relay team posts third best time in RU history


The third-fastest 4×100 relay in program history highlighted the Radford women’s track and field’s final day of the Duke Invitational on Saturday.

Jessica Shelton, Kierra Henderson, Monica Mallory and La’Tisha Chambers combined for a time of 47.94 seconds in the event, third-best a Highlander quartet and fastest since 2006. The team placed 10th in the event and first among Big South programs.

The 4×400 relay team of Chambers, Cara Myrtle, Tenae Washington and Shelton also led conference teams, finishing that race with a time of 4:02.16 to place ninth.

Individually, Washington moved up a spot on the program’s all-time 400-meter hurdles list. She clocked 1:00.92 to notch a third-place finish, her fourth top-five and third top-three of the season. The time is seventh-fastest by a Highlander, just .01 second behind Maurika Quarles’ sixth-place time.

McKenzie Schrank and Myrtle also had strong performances in the event. Schrank ran a personal-best 1:05.76 to take 20th out of 38, with Myrtle two spots behind in a season-best 1:05.94.

Katy Harriman added a season-best performance in the high jump, clearing 1.63 meters (5-4.25) to place tied for ninth.

Courtney Rice lowered her top steeplechase time of the season, finishing in 11:30.87, nearly five seconds faster than her winning time from last weekend. It was the second-fastest of her career and placed her 15th out of 26.

Also Saturday, Alexis Walton placed 11th out of 33 in the triple jump with a distance of 11.35 meters (37-3) and Naihla Rose Delia was 11th out of 36 in the shot put, recording a top throw of 12.55 meters (41-2.25).

Late in the evening, Percie Lyons and Olivia Hodge ran career-low times in the 1,500 meters. Lyons crossed the line in 4:57.74, while Hodge posted 5:05.61

— Courtesy of RU Athletics