July 10, 2006
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Ashlee Kidd led the United States’ 4×400-meter relay team of Natasha Hastings (South Carolina), Deonna Lawrence (LSU) and Shana Cox (Penn State) to a Gold medal with a meet record time of 3:29.05 at the 2006 North American, Central American Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 Track and Field Championships, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Sunday.
Kidd, a junior from St. Petersburg, Fla., garnered All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter dash, finishing fifth with a personal-best time of 51.57. She competed against all three of her US teammates at the NCAA meet, finishing two spots behind Cox, one spot ahead of Hastings and three spots in front of Lawrence.
Kidd was named Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Most Valuable Performer after setting new meet records in the 200- and 400-meter dash events. She enters her senior season next year as a three-time All-American.
More than 400 athletes from 28 countries competed at the PanAmerican Stadium. Started in 2000, the NACAC Athletic Association’s Under 23 Championships are held every two years in one of the 32 member nations of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association, one of six regional athletics associations affiliated with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).