Three other former South Carolina athletes advance.
Women's 400-meter final set for 1:15 p.m. ET tomorrow
2013 World Championships begin Saturday
* Seven-Time All-American *
One of the top returning long sprinters in the nation, is expected to provide leadership for a young and talented team ... with the ability to run the 200m, 400m and both relays, Hastings is expected to lead the point charge on the national level in her quarter-mile specialty ... a seven-time All-American, World Junior and Pan Am Champion, Hastings is in the hunt for the NCAA 400m indoor and outdoor titles.
2006: Slowed by an early injury, the indoor season began with a 54.04 run in the 400m at the Tiger Invitational ... a 56.19 run at the SEC Indoor Championships finished ninth before a seasonal PR of 53.88 was run at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet ... outdoors, continued concentrating on the 400m and relays ... began returning to her old form with a blazing 52.00 performance at the SEC Outdoor Championships, finishing second ... a 51.56 NCAA East Regional Championship run garnered second and an automatic bid to nationals ... while at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, ran a 400m race series of 52.10, 51.45, 51.60 in the preliminary, semis and finals to add another All-America honor before running the anchor leg on the eighth-place finishing 4x400m relay ... while competing against the USA's top quarter-milers, a time of 51.99 held fifth place in the semis at the USA Outdoor Championships ... competed in the Caribbean at the NACAC Under-23 Championships where a 52.11 run placed second.
2005: Ran both the 200- and the 400-meters during her freshman indoor season ... placed second at the SEC Indoor Championships in the 400 (52.27) and was eighth in the 200 (23.58) ... best time in the 400 came at the Tyson Invitational when she clocked a 51.85 ... turned in the third-fastest time in the prelims at the NCAA Championships when she broke the tape in 52.21 ... fell in the opening stretch of the finals and was unable to finish the race ... the fall also kept her out of the finals of the 4x400-meter relay, an event in which South Carolina captured the gold medal ... focused on the quarter-mile during the outdoor campaign ... captured the SEC outdoor 400-meter title with a winning time of 51.94 ... placed seventh in the NCAA East Regional in the 400-meters with a time of 52.86 after running a 52.33 in the prelims ... earned a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships where she posted 400-meter times of 52.75 in the prelims, 52.28 in the semis and a 51.87 in the finals to place sixth ... was a member of the mile relay team that won the Penn Relays, SEC Championship and NCAA East Regional Championships ... helped the 4x400 relay squad to a silver medal at the NCAA Championships ... won the USATF Junior title in Carson, Calif., in June in a lifetime-best of 51.34.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was the World Youth 400-meter champion in 2003 and the World Junior 400-meter champion in 2004 ... took the silver medal in the 400m at the 2004 Junior National Championships ... was a member of the 2004 World Junior record-breaking 4x400m relay with Gamecock Stephanie Smith ... was a member of National Honor Society and principal's honor roll while attending A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in New York City ... coached in track and field by Sean London ... lettered all four years ... was the 2001 400m New York state champion.
PERSONAL: Natasha Monique Hastings was born July 23, 1986, in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... parents are Joanne and Charles Hastings ... is an exercise science major at South Carolina ... enrolled in the Honors College ... favorite food is pelau ... enjoys shopping at Banana Republic ... selected South Carolina over Texas, UCLA, Maryland, St. John's and Stanford ... favorite movie is "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."