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(Gulf Shores, Ala.) With a time of 3:48.77, the Dillard University Lady Bleu Devils finished seventh in the nation in the women's 4x400 meter relay at the 2017 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Outdoor Track and Field National Championship at Mickey Miller Stadium in Alabama. The team is comprised of Sasha Newman (JR/Antioch, Calif.), Kahlia Columbus (SO/Houston, Texas), Tajdreana Hurst (SO/Katy, Texas ) and Megan Reed (JR/Thibodaux, La.).
"We finished second last year, so I'm grateful just to be back on the podium as an All-Americans," said Dillard track and field Head Coach Bobby Williams. "Unfortunately we had injuries, losing a multiple All-American in Kaitlyn Fortuna (SR/New Orleans, La.), but overall we dropped six seconds from our original time and finish seventh overall, so I'm grateful to be back as an All American with our ladies."
Earlier today, Newman earned All-American honors in two other events as well; in the final of the women's 400 meter hurdles, she finished fourth in the NAIA, posting a time of 1:01.87, and in the final of the women's 100 meter hurdles, she picked up a fifth place finish with a time of 14.19.
"I am so happy for Sasha," said Williams. "I know she was unfortunately in a car accident earlier this year and that set her back for about two months, but to see her work hard daily and to get back to All-American in hurdles status was amazing. She was determined and focused, and now in her career she's a 5x All-American with one more year to go. She was this year's Dillard University Female Athlete of the Year as well as Clutch Athlete of the Year in the athletics department and it shows."
For final results on the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, click here.