TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Nicholls State University women's track team continued to set new standards for itself on Saturday, as the Colonels concluded the prestigious Florida State Relays with three more school records on the final day of competition.
Sophomore sprinter Samantha Calhoun set a new standard in the 100 m dash, clocking in at 11.94. Calhoun's time ranks second in the conference among marks heading into this weekend. The Morgan City native's broke teammateTiffany Nall's 2008 school record of 12.04 by 0:00.10.
Calhoun finished the day just as she started it, in school record breaking fashion, by leading the 4x400 m relay team to a school record of 3:51.51.Marion Chebet, Naomi Green, Calhoun and Rahjanaye Bailey combined for a showing that bettered any other time in the Southland Conference heading into the weekend. It marked the second consecutive week that the Colonels lowered their school record time in the 4x4. This time, Nicholls improved on it's week-old school record of 3:51.89 (set at last week's Louisiana Classics) by 0:00.38.
Not to be outdone by their sprinting counterparts, the Colonel distance crew continued to provide highlights of their own. Freshman Brea Goodman led the way for Nicholls in the 1500 m run, clocking in with a school record time of 4:41.95. Goodman's time was just 0:00.01 off the best time in the conference heading into this weekend's competition, and beat the previous program record by 0:01.10.
With a pair of school records set on Friday afternoon, the Colonels collected five new program standards on the week. Kadi Whisnant (3K steeplechase) and Lauren Jones (5K) each set new marks for the Colonels against their most competitive field of the season.
"All-in-all, it was a great meet for us," head coach Scott Williamson said. "We competed very well against SEC, Big Ten and ACC caliber teams. These are among the best teams in the country, and we held our own. A lot of these marks will be toward the top of the conference when all the times from this weekend are reported. Right now, we're still training hard and focusing on power. We haven't made that transition to focusing on speed and technique. To still be able to post these kinds of times while we are training the way we are training could mean that there are some good things in store for us this season."
The Colonels will return to action on April 2 when they head to the MC Twilight at Mississippi College.