Photo by Jordan Menard, University of Indianapolis. Winona State senior Kalley Harris (right) made the handoff to Kendall Zeman on their way to a third place finish in the NCAA Division II Championships.

WSU relay takes 3rd at NCAA Championships


Running one of the fastest four-by-400 relay times in school history, Winona State University (WSU) earned a third-place finish at the 2021 NCAA Division II Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Grand Valley State University. 

Kalley Harris, Kendall Zeman, Shereen Vallabouy and Brooklyn Schyvinck combined to turn in a season best time of 3:42.09 minutes, which is also the second fastest four-by-400 time ever in school history. The current Warrior record of 3:41.97 was earned in 2019. 

The women’s four-by-400 relay finals were the last event of the 2021 NCAA Division II Championships, and the Warriors saved their best for last as well. 

After qualifying yesterday with a time of 3:45.24, WSU found another gear in the finals and outpaced fourth-place Grand Valley State by almost two full seconds. Only two teams — Fresno Pacific and Saginaw Valley State (SVSU) — turned in better marks as SVSU won the event with a time of 3:39.46, while Fresno Pacific was second with a 3:41.61 mark.

For Winona State, the impressive finish in the four-by-400 relay concludes the 2021 NCAA Division II Track and Field season. On Thursday, the Warrior four-by-100 relay team of Michaela Pryor, Brooklyn Schyvinck, Maddy Pietz and Kaylee Olson finished 10th in their heat of the first round of the competition. 

In the 400-meter hurdles, Kalley Harris ran a first-round time of 1:01.56 minutes, qualifying her for the finals. In the 400 hurdle finals, Harris improved on her mark, running a 1:00.21, which stands as the second-fastest time ever recorded in Winona State record books. Only one Warrior, Deidra Faber, has run faster in the 400-meter hurdles, earning a .59.98 time in 2005.

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