USA Sweeps 4x400 From World, 119th Penn Relays
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PHILADELPHIA - The United States swept the 4x400 races, part of a four-win day in the 14th installment of the USA vs. The World races in front of 48,871 fans at Franklin Field on Saturday.
The 4x800 relay team of Lea Wallace, Brenda Martinez, Ajee Wilson and Alysia Montano set a new American Record to start the USA vs. The World series, winning in a time of 8:04.31.
The Men's Distance Medley Relays was decided by 0.69 seconds in the favor of Ethipoia over Kenya. The finish wasn't even the closest of the day, the men's 4x400 decided by just .23 seconds as Tony McQuay held off a charging Errol Nolan from Jamaica on the final leg.
Villanova completed its double on the track in College Women's events, setting a new Collegiate and Penn Relays Record in the 4x800 with a winning time of 8:17.45 - a winning margin of 0.17 over Oregon. Emily Lipari ran anchor for the Wildcats, finishing her second wheel-winning leg of the weekend to earn Athlete of the Meet honors for College Women's Relay events.
Jamaica went 1-2-3 in the high school boys' 4x400, Calabar just ahead of Munro College in a photo finish by .002 seconds with a winning time of 3:09.22.
The penultimate event of the Carnival saw Oregon set a Penn Relays and Franklin Field Record in the College Women's 4x400 in a time of 3:26.73, almost a second ahead of the previous record.
High School Boys' Athlete for Relay Events
Javon Francis, Calabar
Anchored team to dramatic victory in 4x4 (3:09.22), running fastest split ever for HS Boys of 44.9.
High School Boys' Athlete for Individual Events
Sean McGorty, Chantily (VA)
Set a meet record in the Mile on Friday with his winning time of 4:04.47, besting two other competitors who were also under the previous meet record.
High School Girls' Athlete for Relays Events
Olivia Baker, Columbia (NJ)
Anchored the winning 4x800 relay with a split of 2:09.9 to come from behind. Also clocked a 53.5 in the 4x400 as her team finished fourth.
High School Girls' Athlete for Individual Events
Gleneve Grange, Holmwood Tech (JAM)
Broke the discus meet record by 10 feet with a throw of 54.29 meters (178-1).
College Men's Athlete for Relay Events
Casimir Loxsom, Penn State
Ran on two winning relay teams, the 800 leg (1:46.7) of the DMR and the 3rd leg (1:46.27) of the 4x8, the fastest leg of the race.
College Men's Athlete for Individual Events
Derek Drouin, Indiana
The Olympic bronze medalist last year, Drouin cleard 7-7 3/4 (2.33m) to break the meet record which had stood since 1976.
College Women's Athlete for Relay Events
Emily Lipari, Villanova
Anchored two winning relay teams, the DMR and the 4x800, the latter setting a collegiate record (8:17.45).
College Women's Athlete for Individual Events
Shaneika Thomas, San Diego State
The first SDSU athlete to win an event at The Penn Relays, Thomas won the triple jump with a leap of 13.61m (44 feet, 8 inches)
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