July 26, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- Tennessee rising sophomore Felecia Majors helped the United States team clock the fastest qualifying time in the 4x400-meter relay Saturday at the IAAF World Junior Championships.
The U.S. squad teamed up for the fastest junior time in the world this year in 3 minutes, 32.73 seconds, beating Canada and Nigeria by two seconds in the second heat.
The finals will be held Sunday to conclude the meet at Oregon's Hayward Field.
"Felecia represented Team USA and Tennessee Track well," Tennessee director of track and field Beth Alford-Sullivan said."She had an impressive second leg for the relay, and it is currently the World Leading time for the Junior Women's 4x400. Team USA will determine the final lineup for the finals tomorrow, but for today, mission accomplished."
Majors' second leg proved to be a difference maker for the U.S. team. The United States briefly fell behind Nigeria, but Majors retook the lead for good in the second half of her race. Her 400 time was 53.33 seconds.
The US team also included Shakima Wimbley (Miami), Aaliyah Barnes (Ohio State) and Olivia Baker (Stanford).