Two weeks in a row the University of Colorado track and field program has dropped the women’s 4×400 meter relay record by significant amounts, this time by two second as the team ran 3:36.35 at the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas.
The relay team of Valerie Welch, Dani Johnson, Eriana Henderson and Gabby Scott now have the second-fastest 1600-meter relay in school history, bettering the 2013 Pac-12 team by seven-tenths of a second. Welch led off the relay with an unofficial split of 55.26, then Johnson and Henderson ran 54.21 and 54.55, respectfully. Scott, fresh off lowering her indoor 400-meter record that is the fastest 400 in school history indoor or outdoors, anchored the relay with a blistering 52.14.
With the mark the women would’ve been inside the top-20 in the nation before today’s events. The quartet will have a strong opportunity against better competition at the MPSF Championships in two weeks. The women finished seventh overall in the race.
That was not the only 4×400 relay that made history today, as Jon Maas, Aaron McCoy, Kendal Smith and Duane McClurkin Jr. came together to run 3:09.89, but unfortunately were disqualified after the race. The team would have been the third-best indoors in CU history.
Prior to the relays, McClurkin Jr. and Jon Maas ran in the men’s 200 unseeded section. McClurkin Jr. placed third in the section at 21.24, moving himself to fourth on CU’s top-10 performers list. He was the 12th-fastest man in the combined heats at the meet. Maas finished in 21.53 for 13th in the section, bettering one of the 14 runners in the fast section.