Rachel Hagans breaks 41-year-old high school long jump record

Murray State’s Rachel Hagans was the top performer on the Racer women’s track and field team at the Kentucky Invitational and Illinois Invitational

At the British Athletics Complex in Lexington, Kentucky, Hagans broke Murray State’s long jump record that had stood for 41 years when she jumped 6.59m. Destined to compete in the NCAA Regional and possibly beyond, Hagans now has the eighth-best outdoor jump this season in the NCAA DI.

The previous record was set in 1981 by Allison Manley who jumped 6.34m in the long jump, but now Hagans has set the mark where it could stand for another 41 years, unless she does. exceeds itself before the end of the spring season.

Kayla Bell and Amir Evans had a big day in the 800m event as the Racer pair moved up to first and second place this season in the OVC with times of 2:08.34 and 2:08.35. Bell also earned a fourth-place finish in the 400m. Amyah Davis fourth in the 400m hurdles.

Murray State’s 4x100m relay team placed second with the OVC’s best time of 45.44. The team members are Hannah Malone, Teliyah James, JaKayla McSwain and Hagans.

Some of Murray State’s distance runners competed at the University of Illinois. MSU Dani Wright beat his PR in the 1500m by 4.7 seconds, which is seventh all-time at MSU. Ruth Kimutai won her 5000m heat and finished boldly in the last four laps.

“The energy and effort this weekend at Lexington was some of the best we’ve had this year,” the coach said. Adam Kiesler. “Not a single event has gone by without someone moving up the OVC roster. The competition all around was awesome which gave us a real feel for what OVC could look like in a few weeks. , the staff are very proud of the weekend and we look forward to building on this progress.”

The Racers have one more event ahead of the OVC Championship Big. MSU participates (April 29-30) in the Music City Challenge organized by Vanderbilt in Nashville.

Murray State is proud to be the host institution for the 2022 OVC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May 11-13) at Roy Stewart Stadium and Marshall Gage Track in Murray, Ky.

About Murray State Athletics

Located in Murray, Kentucky, the Murray State University Department of Athletics is a member of NCAA Division I and plays in the championship football subdivision. The Racers have 15 programs including men’s teams for baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and golf and women’s teams for basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis , track and field and volleyball, as well as a mixed rifle squad. . Currently a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Racers will join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2022.

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