JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Taylor women's 4x800-meter relay team and sophomore Plenseh-Tay Sakeuh all earned All-American honors on Friday during day two action at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.
Sakeuh opened a busy day for the Taylor women's track and field team with a stellar performance in the long jump as the sophomore posted a mark of 5.83 meters to finish in third place and earn All-American honors. The Lapel, Indiana native finished in 14th place in the long jump during the 2016 indoor and outdoor national championships and entered Friday's competition as the sixth seed. Sakeuh's leap of 5.83 meters was .13 meters better than her previous career best indoor mark of 5.70 meters.
Sakeuh also raced in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing 11th overall with a time of 9.00 and narrowly missing a spot in the top eight and a chance to compete in Saturday's finals.
TU's 4x800-meter relay team followed up its record-breaking performance in the event's semifinals on Thursday with another strong showing on Friday. The team of Rachel Blagg, Margie Crosby, Naomi Noyes, and Anna Souzis posted a time of 9:23.28, slightly slower than their school record time of 9:19.94 during Thursday's semifinals, but still good enough for fifth place and All-American honors.
The time was also impressive considering both Blagg and Crosby raced earlier in the afternoon on Friday in their individual races. Crosby continued to rewrite the TU record books with a record-setting performance in semifinals of the 600-meters. Crosby's time of 1:34.54 was the second fastest time posted in the semifinals and earned the sophomore a spot in Saturday's finals scheduled for 1:25 pm.
Blagg also ran well in her individual event considering the heavy work load of the weekend as the sophomore clocked a time of 3:03.12 in the semifinals of the 1,000-meters to finish in 14th place.
Crosby will be the long member of the TU women's track and field team to compete during the final day of the championships on Saturday when she races in the finals of the 600-meters at 1:25 pm.