WKU men race into the finals of 4x400 relay

06/13/2014 01:00 PM

Elvyonn Bailey’s 400 meter split, 44.96 seconds, was the second fastest Thursday among the sprinters anchoring their relay teams. His time propelled WKU to a fourth place finish and a spot in the championship finals on Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Oregon.

Bailey, who was named the 2014 Southeast Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year, is joined by senior Chris Chamness, freshman Emmanuel Dasor and freshman Ventavius Sears. Their relay time of 3:03:94 is the second fastest time in WKU history

“This is a major accomplishment for WKU,” head coach Erik Jenkins told wkusports.com . “Never in school history have we qualified as many relays for the NCAA Championship meet and to have two advance to the finals is outstanding. We have been able to line up and compete against some major BCS programs in the country. Qualifying a relay team means that you have four extremely talented individuals competing for one common purpose.”

Saturday’s finals seeding will consist of Texas A&M, LSU, Nebraska, WKU, Florida, Arkansas, Arizona State and Baylor. The 4×400 will be the final men’s event of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday.

This week WKU became only the fifth program in the nation to qualify for both the 4×400 relay as well as the 4X100 relay. WKU will be seeded 5th in the 4×100 relay, a squad that consists of Bailey, Dasor and Sears. Prior to this season, no WKU relay had ever advanced past the semifinal round at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Bailey, Dasor and Sears also make up three legs of WKU’s 4×100-meter relay that qualified for Saturday’s championship finals for the first time in program history. The Hilltoppers accomplished the feat in back-to-back nights in Eugene this week.

“This group deserves a lot of credit for their efforts representing WKU at the highest level of Division I Track and Field,” said Jenkins. “Their qualification for the relay finals would be similar to earning the right to competing in the BCS Championship Game for football or the NCAA Championship Final in basketball.”


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