Ariel Allen set the pace for the Lady Rattlers, placing third in the 800m run. Her time of 2:10.72 was good enough to score big for the Lady Rattlers. The nip-and-tuck race is extra difficult on indoor courses where positioning is key to a good finish.
Allen would also run a key leg on the Distance Medley Relay (DMR), but much of the credit goes to distance runner Chandelic Jackson. After a bad start to the race, the Lady Rattlers would claw their was from eighth place to thirs. Allen moved the Lady Rattlers from eighth place to sixth place, but it was Jackson resilience on her leg that made all the difference. Jackson took the baton in a position that many athletes would have coasted through the race; but instead she grinded her way through the pack on her 1,600m leg to catch as many competitors as she could. The third place finish was critical to the Lady Rattlers' scoring as the defending champion Hampton Lady Pirates were flexing in every event.
In the weight throw, an event that the Lady Rattlers did not even compete in last season, two athletes made the top 10. Sasha-Ann Lebert made a 14.26m (46-09.25) toss to finish seventh, while Shamona Haughton came in eighth place with a 13.71m (44-11.75) effort.
Nakia Linson placed 10th place in the 60m dash, with a time of 7.74.
The Lady Rattlers will return to action for the final day on tomorrow.
Scoring at the end of the day is as follows:
1. Hampton 84.5
2. UMES 46
3. FAMU 35
4. Morgan State 24
5. NCA&T 17
6. Norfolk State 14
7. B-CU 11.5
8. Coppin State 11
10. DSU 6
11. NCCU 5
12. Howard 4