Tawanna Meadows’ life in the fast lane is taking her to the Bahamas this weekend.
The former Rutherford and Troy University standout sprinter will compete for Team USA in the International Association of Athletic Federations World Relays event in Nassau starting on Saturday. The inaugural gathering features only relay events with five each on the men’s and women’s side. Competition carries qualification for the 2015 World Championships as well as prize money.
Winning teams receive $50,000 with an additional $50,000 given to any squad that breaks a world record. More than 600 athletes from 43 nations will compete with 55 of those comprising the United States’ pool.
Meadows, 27, will run in the 4x100 relay, the shortest of the five distances with the longest the 4x1500. The former Ram has much high-level experience with trips to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and a 100-meter gold medal at the NACAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Mexico the same year.
She has steadily improved, with personal-bests in the 100 and 200 in April. She ran the 100 in 11.11 seconds, .22 faster than her time in 2011.
Meadows was named the Sun Belt Conference indoor and outdoor track athlete of the year while at Troy in 2008, a season capped by a spot in the NCAA Championships. She continues to hold five Troy records in the 100, 200, and 4x100, 4x200 and sprint medley relays.
The top eight teams in the men’s and women’s 4x100 and 4x400 earn berths in the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Meadows and Team USA can be seen on Universal Sports, with the event also streamed online at universports.com.
Coverage begins at 3:45 p.m. CDT on Saturday and 4:30 on Sunday.