ATLANTA — Xavier University of Louisiana’s women’s 3,200-meter relay team of Maliya Vaughan, Carlie Calais, Taylor Price and Brianna Pace set a school record of 9 minutes, 54.69 seconds Friday in the Emory Invitational track and field meet.
XULA broke the record for the second consecutive meet. The same four runners finished third in 9:58.68 at the McNeese Cowboy Relays six days earlier. The record entering the 2017 season was 10:00.83.
Vaughan, Calais, Price and Pace finished fourth. Emory won in 9:46.10.
XULA also got a seventh-place finish from Tamia Scott in the women’s javelin — she had a season best of 33,68 meters (110 feet, 6 inches) — and 16ths from Dionysia Love in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase (12:51.53) and Keairez Coleman in the men’s long jump (6.34 meters/20-9 3/4).
XULA is tied for 23rd in combined team scoring with seven points. Rowan leads with 87 points, followed by Hope with 63 and Shorter with 58. Thirty-five teams scored in a meet attracted schools from the NAIA and all three NCAA levels. The two-day meet will conclude Saturday.