Rosealee Cooper at Texas Relays
Rosealee Cooper

Several athletes from various collegiate programs made their mark with standout performances and record-setting achievements during last weekend’s (30 March) Texas Relays.

Michigan’s Aasia Laurencin clinched the top spot in the women’s 100m hurdles, clocking 12.84 seconds, a performance that slots her as the second fastest in Division I for 2024, despite facing a 0.9m/s headwind. Close behind, Leah Phillips of LSU set a season best with 12.94 seconds, with Gabrielle Gibson from Kansas and Jamaican Rosealee Cooper, representing Mississippi State completing the top finishes with times of 12.99 and 13.00 seconds respectively, each achieving personal and season’s bests.

Jaqualon Scott of Texas A&M dominated the men’s 110m hurdles, setting a meet record with a swift 13.34 seconds. His teammate Connor Schulman and LSU’s Jahiem Stern posted times of 13.42 and 13.43 seconds, showcasing their skills under a supportive 2.0m/s wind. ALSO READ: Gabby Thomas Sets the Track Ablaze with Impressive Wins in 100m and 200m at Texas Relays

Middle-Distance Marvels: Whitmarsh and Rangel Batres Dominate at Texas Relays

Middle-distance events saw LSU’s Lorena Rangel Batres lead the women’s 800m with a personal record time of 2:03.00, marking her as the third fastest in Division I for the year. Honour Finley, representing UNAT-Kansas, finished closely with 2:03.25. In the men’s category, Sam Whitmarsh from Texas A&M broke the stadium and meet records with an outstanding 1:44.46, the leading Division I time for 2024, while Tyrese Reid of Miss State recorded a personal best of 1:45.76.

Field events highlighted exceptional talent as well, with Jalani Davis of Ole Miss propelling the shot put to 18.54m (60-10.00), the furthest in Division I this season. Kelsie Murrell-Ross from Georgia achieved a personal best with a throw of 18.33m (60-01.75). ALSO READ: Julien Alfred and Jamaican Lanae Thomas Unleash Speed to Outrun USA in Fierce Texas Relays 4x400m Clash

Discus thrower Claudio Romero from LSU reached a season-best of 63.10m (207-00), and Tennessee’s Aron Alvarez Aranda threw a personal best of 58.44m (191-08), illustrating the high level of competition and skill present at the Texas Relays and setting an exciting precedent for the upcoming NCAA Division I track and field season.

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