Howard’s Relay Squad Gears Up for NCAA Championships

Howard 4X400 Relay team(L to R) - Melanie White, Jessika Gbai, Ameenah Saalih & Jessica Wright (Photo Courtesy of Howard Athletics )

WASHINGTON (June 8, 2021) – Howard University Track & Field program closes out the outdoor season with the women’s 4×400 relay team competing at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on the campus of the University of Oregon. The four-day event (June 9-12) takes place at historic Hayward Field.

The relay squad is scheduled to race in the semifinal Thursday (June 10) at 9:48 p.m. (ET)/6:48 p.m. (PT).


Bison Nation can watch all the action on ESPN3 and check out up-to-date results.


The 4×400 relay team representing HU at the NCAA Championships consist of seniors Jessika Gbai (Philadelphia), Ameenah Saalih (Willingboro, N.J.) and Ozioma Scott (Georgetown, Guyana), along with junior Jessica Wright(Durham, N.C.). Third-year runner Melanie White (Orlando, Fla.) will serve as an alternate.

This year, the four Bison have ran only two races together with no indoor season At the 2021 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Championships (May 8), the squad took first overall, edging out North Carolina A&T State and Morgan State with a 3:35.59 time.


Three weeks later (May 29), the foursome capped off Memorial weekend punching their ticket to Eugene, Ore., at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor East Preliminary Round inside Hodges Stadium, on the campus of the University of North Florida. They established a new school benchmark with the fastest non-automatic qualifying time of 3:33.71. The MEAC Champions shattered the previous 35-year-old record (3:33.98), set back in 198



The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 21 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent five conferences: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Northeast Conference (NEC), Sun Belt Conference (SBC), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.

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