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Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Wed, May 3, 2017

For seniors Molly Jo Smith, Nicole Woodall and Sarah Lampe going to Drake Relays a final time was all about going out in style.

The group has done it all, from school records to All-American awards, and at Drake Relays they put some final touches on tremendous careers. In the 4x800 relay, the women finished fourth, the highest finish in school history for a women's relay at Drake. Despite heavy rain and temperatures in the high 30's, the women raced to an NAIA Outdoor Nationals qualifying time of 9:24.36, ranking them in the top 10 nationally. Also on that relay was All-American sophomore Ashley Plumb.

The trio then were joined by Mary Perez in the sprint medley relay to break the school record by more than six seconds. The Bees raced to a 10th place finish with a record time of 4:11.35 marking just the third time in school history a relay has finished in the top 10, joining the 2009 shuttle hurdle relay as the only other team with that distinction.

In total the Bees sent five relays to the meet, finishing 13th in the 4x200 where Perez teamed with Anne Nolting, Sam Roth and Abbie Fuller. In the 4x100 it was Nolting, Smith, Perez and Lampe finishing 22nd while the 4x400 of Charlette Flanders, Abbie Hammer, Sam Roth and Bridget Sulek finished 26th.

"It was pretty cool seeing that group do special things this weekend," SAU head coach Dan Tomlin said. "They deserve to put up big numbers like that and the sprint med record is one that we'll be chasing for a long time now. It's not every day you have school record holders in the 200m, 400m and 800m on the same relay so that was really cool."

The Bees now head into the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships hoping to win their first crown since joining the league before the 2015-16 school year.