GULF SHORES, Ala. – The group of Rachel Blagg, Margie Crosby, Taylor Bluemel and Naomi Noyes highlighted the opening day of action for the Taylor women's track and field team with a new school record at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships.
Blagg, Crosby, Bluemel and Noyes combined for a TU record time of 9:13.63 in the 4x800-meter relay, breaking their own program record which they set in their previous outing on May 12 at the Keeler Invite. The performance was good for fourth in the heat and 12th overall, leaving the squad less than two seconds and four spots off pace for the finals.
Brianna Jordahl opened the action for the Trojans in the first event of Nationals and placed 19th overall in the hammer toss. Jordahl posted a mark of 158-05.50 for the second-best distance of her career.
Abigail Phillips was also in action on Thursday, running the second-best time of the season for Taylor in the 400-meter hurdles. Phillips crossed at 1:04.44 for fifth in her heat and closed her collegiate career with the 16th-place overall finish.
Two-time All-American Plenseh-Tay Sakeuh closed the opening day of action for the Purple and Gold by competing in the long jump. Sakeuh narrowly missed advancing to the finals, leaping 18-07.00 to finish 10th overall and just two slots shy of repeating her Indoor Nationals All-American honor.
Sakeuh will return to action on Friday, as Taylor's lone competitor on the women's side on the second day of competition at NAIA Nationals. Sakeuh will race in the 100-meter hurdles trials at 2:30 pm (ET) with the hopes of advancing into Saturday's finals at 4:20 pm (ET). Hannah Schroder will also be in action on Saturday, when the senior runs in the marathon at 7:00 am (ET).