Abby Steiner crushes NCAA 200m record, runs epic 4x400m relay leg

Jun 13, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. — Kentucky junior Abby Steiner set a college record in the 200m and the fastest time in the world this year at the NCAA Track and Field Championships on a soggy Saturday at Hayward Field.

Steiner was focused until the finish, when she raised her arms and smiled broadly. Her time of 21.80 seconds bested LSU sophomore Favour Ofili’s NCAA record of 21.96 set this year. Ofili was second behind Steiner.

“We just took what’s happened this whole season as learning experiences. Every race is an opportunity to learn from it, and fix certain parts of my 200. So I think it all came together at the right moment,” said Steiner, who overtook Olympic silver medalist Christine Mboma (21.87) as the 2022 world leader.

About 45 minutes after the 200m final, Steiner ran a 48.92 split on her 4x400m leg, going from fourth to first as Kentucky went on to win the relay.

Steiner missed last year’s Olympic Trials, reportedly due to an Achilles injury, but now goes into the USATF Outdoor Championships in two weeks favored to make the three-woman 200m team for the world championships in July. Both meets are also in Eugene.

Source: Yahoo Sports (Photo by: Ukathletics.com)