EUGENE, Ore. -- The Baylor track & field team had an exciting finish and qualified the women's 4x400-meter relay on day two of the NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships Thursday at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
In all, the women's team qualified just one of six entries to Saturday's championship final.
The women's 4x100-meter relay team of Kiana Horton, Taylor Bennett, Juanita Mainoo and Raven Grant ran their second-fastest race of the season (43.92) but finished fifth in heat three and 12th overall. The time was one-thousandths of a second off BU's all-time outdoor list.
In the 400 meters, junior Kiana Horton went 53.33 out of lane two to finish seventh in heat three and 21st overall. The school-record holder closed out her individual season with three of BU's top-10 outdoor times in school history along with the indoor and outdoor Big 12 400-meter titles.
In the 800 meters, redshirt freshman Aaliyah Miller opened up well but couldn't hold on as she logged 2:08.33 to finish seventh in heat three and 23rd overall in her first outdoor national meet. She finishes the season with two of the top-four times in program history, running to her first Big 12 outdoor title in the event.
In her final race of her collegiate career, Kiana Hawn ran 58.65 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish fifth in heat three and 16th overall in her third consecutive race at Hayward Field. Her semifinal placing is her highest finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in three appearances after she finished 24th in 2016 and 20th in 2017.
Taylor Bennett closed out her individual season after running 23.11 to finish fifth in heat three and 17th overall in the 200 meters.
In a win-or-go-home situation, the 4x400-meter relay tandem of Victoria Powell, Taylor Bennett, Aaliyah Miller and Kiana Horton ran the fourth-fastest time in program history at 3:30.03 to finish second in heat one and automatically qualify for Saturday's final. They posted the fifth-fastest semifinal time and are the only Big 12 squad to move on to Saturday.
The women's and men's 4x400m relay teams will both compete in the finals for the first time since 2009.
• Four Bears advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championship finals on day one in the 4x400-meter relay.
• Kiana Hawn capped off her collegiate career with her third consecutive appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles (58.65).
• The women's 4x400-meter relay time of 3:30.03 is the fourth-fastest in program history and a season best.
• The Bears' 4x400-meter relay team is back in the finals for the first time since 2009.
• Both Baylor 4x400-meter relay teams will compete in the finals for the first time since 2009.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL QUALIFIERS (8 competitors, 3 events)
Taylor Bennett (4x400m relay), Caleb Dickson (4x400m relay), Howard Fields III (4x400m relay), Kiana Horton (4x400m relay), Wil London (400m, 4x400m relay), Aaliyah Miller (4x400m relay), Antwuan Musgrove (4x400m relay), Victoria Powell (4x400m relay)
TOP QUOTE #1
"These young ladies have had a great year, and to know (heading into the relay) that we could possibly not be represented in the finals on Saturday, that was a little bit depressing. To see them fight and come back -- it was a great ending. All of them had things they had to deal with earlier besides Victoria (Powell). They could have very easily quit, but it shows that they had a lot of heart to come back and run the 4x4 relay the way they did." --head coach Todd Harbour on day two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships
TOP QUOTE #2
"I'm proud of our two seniors who came to Eugene. Kiana Hawn battled and fought all season along with Juanita Mainoo. They both are great ambassadors for the Baylor track & field program. They both had outstanding careers. I'm proud of who they are and how they represented us." --head coach Todd Harbour on seniors Kiana Hawn and Juanita Mainoo
The men's squad has two entries in the NCAA Outdoor Championships final Friday, June 8 in Eugene, Ore. Wil London runs in the 400-meter final at 8:32 p.m. CT, followed by the 4x400-meter relay team at 9:51 p.m. CT. All championship races can be seen on ESPN.
The women's 4x400-meter relay will run in the championship final on Saturday at 7:51 p.m. CT on ESPN.
Follow the team all season long on their official social media accounts: @BaylorTrack.