March 10, 2017
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — In Heat #2 of the 200m prelims, Oregon sophomore Deajah Stevens ran an incredible 22.28 to break Gwen Torrence’s American record of 22.33 until it was discovered Stevens stepped over the line on the turn and was later disqualified.
The DQ will forever remove from the results an epic performance in the women’s 200m prelims from the Oregon women as they had the first, second and third fastest times to set up an amazing final which now won’t have Stevens.
But that shouldn’t put a damper on how good the Oregon sprinters are and how close as a team they are. As Stevens was talking to the media thinking she had broken the American record, her teammate Ariana Washington, who was the NCAA 100 and 200m champ last year outdoors and finished second in her heat today behind Stevens in an impressive 22.57, was sitting on the ground, untying Stevens shoes. It’s just what a close friend would do, even those these two, if not teammates, would have the biggest sprint rivalry in the sport.
Video With Stevens Talking About Breaking Record and Washington Untying Her Shoes
Washington Talking About Stevens and Their Friendship
Stevens Later Talking About Being Disqualified
Stevens Isn’t Used to Running on a Banked Track and On the Straightaway Was On the Outside of Her Lane as Well