Ashtin Zamzow, seen in a previous meet, led the heptathlon with one event to go. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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NCAA track and field notes: USC has best time of year in women’s 400 relay

Oklahoma State's Sinclaire Johnson sets meet record in women's 1,500 meters.

Posted June 8th, 2019

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Story highlights
  • Boise State's Allie Ostrander wins women's 3,000-meter steeplechase title for the third year in a row.
  • UT's Ashtin Zamzow leads heptathlon.
  • Wisconsin's Morgan McDonald adds to accolades with men's 5,000-meter victory.

As expected, USC won the women’s 400-meter relay in 42.21 seconds, the best time in the world this year, at the NCAA track and field championships Saturday at Myers Stadium.

The Lady Trojans finished ahead of LSU (42.29) and Arkansas (42.79).

Entering the national championships, USC had recorded the three fastest times in the world in the relay this season, so the biggest question facing the Lady Trojans was whether they would improve on their previous best.

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They did.

OSU’s Johnson pulls upset: Oklahoma State junior Sinclaire Johnson upset Oregon defending national champion Jessica Hull to win the women’s 1,500 meters in a meet record time of 4:05.98.

Johnson broke record of 4:06.19 set by Florida State’s Hannah England in 2008.

Ostrander wins again: Boise State junior Allie Ostrander won the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase national championship for the third consecutive year in a facility record time of 9:37.73.

UT’s Zamzow leads heptathlon: After the first six events, Texas senior Ashtin Zamzow was leading the heptathlon with 5,416 points, 60 points ahead of Texas A&M sophomore Tyra Gittens.

Zamzow, the heptathlon champion at the Texas Relays, trailed Gittens heading into the second day of competition Saturday but grabbed the lead after recording the best javelin throw in the field (162 feet, 7 inches).

McDonald does it again: Wisconsin senior Morgan McDonald capped an illustrious college career by winning the men’s 5,000 meters Friday night.

It was McDonald’s fourth national championship of the 2018-19 season; he won the cross-country individual crown in November and the 3,000 and 5,000 at the NCAA indoor track and field championships in March.

McDonald became only the third runner in NCAA history to win the cross-country title, the indoor 5,000 and the outdoor 5,000, joining Oregon’s Edward Cheserek (2015-16) and Galen Rupp (2008-09).

The 2018 Australian national champion in the 5,000 meters, McDonald tallied a total of eight Big Ten titles in track (six) and cross-country (two).

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