ABILENE, Texas - Abilene Christian's women's 4x100-meter relay recorded a season-best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 46.25 seconds, highlighting the Wildcats' Wednesday's night at their annual Oliver Jackson Twilight Meet.
The relay effort from Karolyn Palmer, Elea Diarra, Shennae Steele and Lexus Williams is currently the 19th fastest in all of NCAA Division II, but the 10th best among all schools since several - such as Lincoln and Academy of Art - have multiple qualifiers listed.
ACU's relay victory was one of 11 recorded tonight by the Wildcats, but one of only five that pushed them up the NCAA performance charts. Some Wildcats even had their provisional qualifier performances nullified due to wind readings over 4.0 meters per second. Such was the case of junior Darian Hogg, who had his season best distances in the long and triple jumps wiped out by wind readings of +4.2 and +4.6.
Fortunately, sophomore Lexus Williams was able to clock her season-best time of 13.80 with a legal wind reading of +3.9 to move into a tie for 13th.
Sophomore Osei Allyene-Forte and freshman Jeremy Tatham each recorded their first provisional marks tonight in the 400m and 110m hurdles, respectively. Allyene-Forte placed fifth in the 400m at 47.88 - a season best by .21 seconds, while Tatham crossed in 14.66 - .03 seconds under the provisional standard of 14.69.
In the throwing events, junior Tara Riley hit a season best distance of 150-04 (45.82m) in the discus that currently ranks 18th.
The NCAA D-II outdoor national championships take place the weekend of May 23 to 25 in Pueblo, Colo., at the Neta & Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl. It's expected that the NCAA will announce its list of entrants sometime next week.
ACU's lone automatic qualifier this season are senior hammer thrower Baptiste Kerjean and senior triple jumper Amanda Ouedraogo. Going into tonight's meet, the Wildcats claimed 29 provisional qualifiers through 24 events.
ACU/Oliver Jackson Twilight Results
1.) Johnathan Farquharson - 10.27 (+5.9w)
1.) Johnathan Farquharson - 20.92 (+5.3w)
2.) Jordan Geary - 21.11 (+5.3w)
3.) Devan Brown - 21.25 (+5.3w)
2.) Shennae Steele - 24.01 (+4.1w)
5.) Osei Allyene-Forte - 47.88
(NCAA Provisional Qualifier - ranked 37th in D-II)
9.) Banjo Jaiyesimi - 48.98
1.) Elea Diarra - 56.51
1.) Ayesha Rumble - 2:13.02
1.) Chloe Susset - 4:33.35
1.) Lexus Williams - 13.80 (+3.4w)
(NCAA Provisional Qualifer - ranked T13th in D-II)
4.) Jeremy Tatham - 14.66 (+3.9w)
(NCAA Provisional Qualifier - ranked 40th in D-II)
5.) Luke Woods - 15.37 (+3.9w)
1.) ACU 'A' - 41.49
(Osei Allyene-Forte, Devan Brown, Johnathan Farquharson, Jordan Geary)
1.) ACU 'A' - 46.25
(Karolyn Palmer, Elea Diarra, Shennae Steele, Lexus Williams)
(NCAA Provisional Qualifier - ranked 19th in D-II)
3.) ACU 'A' - 3:47.05
(Shennae Steele, Karolyn Palmer, Ayesha Rumble, Elea Diarra)
1.) ACU 'A'- 3:17.02
(Osei Allyene-Forte, Jordan Geary, Banjo Jaiyesimi, Johnathan Farquharson)
2.) Matthew Stark - 15-03.50/4.66m
3.) Luke Woods - 11-10.00/3.61m
2.) Darian Hogg - 24-01.50/7.35m (+4.2w)
3.) Johnathan Farquharson - 23-10/7.26m (+3.2w)
7.) Keaton Hart - 22-01.50/6.74m (+4.2w)
4.) Darian Hogg - 48-11.75/14.93 (+4.6w)
9.) Jeremy Tatham - 45-10.50/13.98 (+3.9w)
10.) Malcolm Barnes - 45-05.2/513.85m (+3.9w)
6.) Joshua Bloom - 50-02.00/15.29m
9.) Jelani Rainey - 41-08.50/12.71m
2.) Tara Riley - 43-05.25/13.24m
8.) cassie Brooks - 35-09.50/10.91m
2.) Andrew Hudson - 178-09/54.49m
8.) Aaron Bynum - 159-04/48.57m
10.) Jelani Rainey - 139-08/43.59m
11.) Joshua Bloom - 139-09/42.61m
2.) Tara Riley - 150-04/45.82m
(NCAA Provisional Qualifier ranked 18th in D-II)
1.) Baptiste Kerjean - 216-09/66.08m
4.) Jelani Rainey - 168-09/51.45m
1.) Shalaina Lakey - 171-9/52.36m
2.) Lauren Hartwick - 164-1/50.02m
3.) Aaron Bynum - 188-9/57.55m
5.) Parker Petty - 153-5/46.78m
5.) Cassie Brooks - 117-6/35.81m
Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.