Texas A&M's Athing Mu delivers record-breaking time in women's 400 meters
Texas A&M’s Athing Mu delivered her latest record-breaking performance, and this time, it punched her ticket to Eugene, Oregon and the NCAA championships.
On Saturday, she set the collegiate 400 meters record by .03s in 49.68 at the 2021 NCAA West preliminary rounds.
About two weeks ago, the freshman won the women’s 400 in a meet-record 49.84 seconds at the SEC Outdoor Championships when she brought a near-capacity crowd to its feet. At the time, Mu’s time of 49.84 was 1.07 seconds faster than the second place finisher. While she broke the American U-20 record, she also set an SEC meet record, facility record and Texas A&M school record. Her time made her the third fastest collegian all-time and ranks fifth on the all-time world U-20 list.
This is not much of a surprise to those who follow track and field news. The Trenton, New Jersey native was ranked as the No. 1 recruit of the 2020 class, and named the 2020 National High School Indoor Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News.
“She’s a terrific athlete,” coach Pat Henry said. “She’s just a very unique, special athlete. She’s born with great talent, but she works her butt off. That’s why she’s successful.”
You already know ➡️ Ticket Punched
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