4x400 team takes sixth at Penn

From staff reports

After winning its heat in the 111th running of the prestigious Penn Relays on Friday, the Clayton College & State University men's 4x400-meter relay team placed sixth in the College Division on Saturday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

The team was not running at full strength after junior Greg Galloway was unable to run in the race due to a nagging hamstring injury. Senior Adil Berkhedle took Galloway's spot on the team along with senior Carlos Guyton, junior Brian Etelman and sophomore Eric Simmons.

Clayton State finished with a time of 3:18.56 in the race and in front of Nebraska and North Carolina Central. Indiana won the race with a time of 3:10.8, followed by Lincoln/Mo.. Texas A&M finished third followed by Michigan and Georgia Tech.

On the Friday, the 4x400m team Guyton, Etelman, Galloway and Simmons advanced to the finals by winning its heat with a time of 3:14.8 The squad defeated a host of NCAA Division I teams in the heat, including Savannah State, Kansas and North Carolina. The time was a just over a second from meeting the provisional standard for the NCAA Division II meet.

The foursome also competed in the 4x100 relay and placed fourth in its heat with a time of 41.30. Arkansas won the heat, followed by Houston and Charlotte in front of the Lakers. Clayton State finished ahead of Rhode Island, George Mason, Yale, LaSalle and Cornell in the race.

Clayton State's 4x100 relay team provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II nationals earlier this year, posting a time of 40.81 at meet held at Morehouse College.

The Laker men's and women's teams will return to action on Saturday, May 7 traveling to Athens for the Georgia Invitational.