BIG12 Indoor Championships 2019
Coming into the Big12 Indoor Conference Championships Jamaican distance runner Marleena Eubanks was on the bubble to make it to the upcoming NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Knowing the urgency the Kansas University senior took charge in the second half of the race and never looked back, crossing the line with the conference and school record and a ticket to the national championships in Birmingham, Alabama March 8-9.
Her winning time of 2:03.99 was converted to 2:03.64 for altitude beating the previous meet record of 2:04.50 set by Baylor University’s Olicia Williams in 2016. That mark ranks No. 4 in the NCAA this season and is over two full seconds better than her previous best of 2:06.01 done two weeks ago at the Iowa State Classic.
It was a big-time performance for Eubanks, not only because of the records and the massive personal best, but she beat clear favourite Gabby Crank, who came into the championships with the conference lead (2:04.50), which was one and a half seconds better than the rest of the conference.
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Eubanks lead all qualifiers coming into the final after winning her heat in 2:08.53.
She later ran a 52.84 split on the third leg to give the Jayhawks the lead which they relinquished on the final leg to finish second in the women’s 4x400m relay.
This is the first time the former Edwin Allen High School star has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in her two seasons with the Jayhawks.