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(Gulf Shores, Ala.) Dillard University's 4x100 meter relay team advanced to Saturday's NAIA final at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores with a sixth place finish in Thursday's preliminary round, posting a time of 47.05. The team is comprised of Megan Reed (SO/Thibodaux, La.), India Ware (JR/Missouri City, Texas), Tajdreana Hurst (FR/Katy, Texas ) and Kaitlyn Fortuna (JR/New Orleans, La.). Also, Fortuna was the only Lady Bleu Devil to advance to the finals of the women's 200 meter dash with a time of 24.56, good for eighth place.
"I feel extremely blessed and honored to be a part of a successful team that has the potential to go very far," said Fortuna. "I feel that we will all return to New Orleans as All-Americans."
Teammates Ware, Columbus and Reed finished 15th, 18th and 21st respectively in the preliminary round of the women's 200m dash while Sasha Newman (SO/Antioch, Calif.) took a spill in the prelims for the women's 400m hurdles, causing her to finish last. Before her incident, she was fighting for first place.
Friday, May 27
At 1:00 p.m., Sessoms will participate in the men's long jump (final). At 1:30 p.m., Newman will compete in the women's 100m hurdles (trials). At 2:50 p.m., Fortuna will participate in the women's 100m dash (trials). At 3:30 p.m., Fortuna and Columbus will partake in the women's 400m dash (trials), and to end the evening, the women's 4x400 relay (trials) will begin promptly at 7:45 p.m. Dillard is currently ranked sixth in the nation with a time of 3:50.47.
Stretch Internet, the NAIA's official video-streaming company of NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting the events on www.NAIANetwork.com. A subscription package to view the entire three-day event is $14.95. For more information, including how to register and sign-up for an account, click here .