Courtesy: Carl Piper
Tianna McKinney, Heather Harrower, Paige Slemmons and Ashley Rone after breaking the 4x400 school record.
Record-breaking relay team earns Big Sky accolades
Courtesy: Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 01/25/2016
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – North Dakota’s 4x400 relay team of Heather Harrower (So., Nederland, Colo.), Tianna McKinney (So., Roseville, Minn.), freshman Ashley Rone (Fr., Grand Forks, N.D.), and senior Paige Slemmons (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) was honored by the Big Sky Conference on Monday, earning Big Sky Women’s Track Co-Athletes of the Week recognition for their record-breaking performance last weekend.

The quartet broke the school record in the 4x400 relay while competing at South Dakota State’s Jim Emmerich Invitational on Saturday, clocking a time of 3 minutes, 45.91 seconds. That time not only broke the school record, but also ranked as the fastest time in the Big Sky Conference this season by more than six seconds.

It is the first time UND’s women’s track program has received a Big Sky Conference indoor weekly honor since joining the conference prior to the 2012-13 season. Thrower Jayd Eggert earned the program’s first outdoor weekly honor last spring.

McKinney, who anchored Saturday’s relay, also ran the top 400-meters in the Big Sky this season at Saturday’s meet. Her time of 55.86 seconds was the second-fastest 400-meters in UND history.

Rone also enjoyed a top-10 performance on Saturday, running a time of 25.34 seconds in the 200-meters that ranked fifth in school history and seventh in the 2016 Big Sky Conference rankings.

The Fighting Hawks are back in action Friday (Jan. 29) at the Jack Johnson Invitational in Minneapolis and Saturday (Jan. 30) at the Cobber Duals in Moorhead, Minn.
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