March 10, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - -
Southern Miss' senior Raquel Washington ran a personal, season and school record time of 8.08 in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles, posting the fourth fastest time in the meet and advancing to the finals. She finished seventh in the finals with a time of 8.10, receiving NCAA All-American honors.
"I'm just thankful to be here and make the finals," Washington said. "I just thank God I am able to compete and run a PR. I am very happy and satisfied with my performance. This will make me work harder during the outdoor season."
Washington was among the nation's top 15 performers in the 60-meter hurdles with the 11th-best time heading into the weekend.
"Obviously, Raquel is one of those rare athletes that when she gets into competition, she competes unbelievably well," Head Coach Wayne Williams said. "She came in with the 11th time and ran the fourth best time in the prelims and then seventh overall. The final race wasn't as good as the prelim, but again, it was good enough for her to earn All-American honors. I couldn't be more proud of her and her accomplishments. She represented Southern Miss very well today."