EUGENE, OREGON — Only a couple weeks after shattering the NCAA 200-meter file on the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, College of Kentucky star Abby Steiner is considering huge, once more.
“I feel I’m prepared for one more PR,” mentioned Steiner, simply minutes after delivering a 22.14 within the first spherical of the 200 on the USA Observe and Area Out of doors Championships. With the quickest time of 4 heats, Steiner advances to Sunday’s semifinals.
Sha’Carri Richardson, who certified for the Tokyo Olympics within the 100 however didn’t compete after testing optimistic for marijuana, completed with the tenth quickest time (22.69) of 4 heats Saturday to advance to the semifinals. Gabby Thomas, who received bronze within the 200 in Tokyo, turned in a 22.59 (seventh quickest) and in addition superior. The 200 closing is ready for Sunday night at 5:46 p.m. ET.
On June 11 at Hayward Area, Steiner ran 21.80, which not solely broke the collegiate file however can be the quickest time on the planet this yr. She additionally ran a 22.05 within the Kentucky Invitational in April, which is the third quickest time in NCAA historical past.
“I feel it’s good that NCAAs had been at Hayward, too, as a result of it’s coming again to a well-recognized atmosphere,” Steiner mentioned. “So yeah, simply trying to get the win this weekend, no matter it takes. I’m not frightened about time.”
Since her record-breaking efficiency, Steiner mentioned she took a pair days to reset and “take all of it in” earlier than returning to coaching. She hasn’t modified something about her routine, dedicated to “sticking with what works.”
Steiner ran Saturday in her Kentucky uniform and mentioned afterward this weekend would be the final time she dons the Wildcat colours. However ought to she end within the high three in Sunday’s finals, she’ll commerce in her UK uniform for a fairly coveted one — that of the U.S. observe and area group.
There’s extra excellent news for Steiner, too — the world championships, set for July 15-24, are additionally scheduled to happen at Hayward Area.
This text initially appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: US Observe & Area: Abby Steiner of UK runs quickest time in 200 meter