USA Sweeps 4x400 From World, 119th Penn Relays
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PHILADELPHIA - PHILADELPHIA - Late rain cooled off the blazing hot track at Franklin Field on Thursday.By sunset the temperatures had fallen to a crisp 46 degrees and felt every bit of 36 just in time for the distance events.
Teddy Brinkofski from Cornell knitted himself to the pack leaders trailing John Valentine of Mississippi State until the last lap. Brinkofski and teammate Connor Herr made their moves down the back straight over taking Valentine. By the time they emerged out of turn 4, the senior from Somerset, NJ extended his lead by ten meters through the tape. Herr made it a 1-2 finish with a valiant final 50m nipping Valentine at the line.
In the Olympic Development Men's 3000m Steeplechase Paul Thistle from the Pacers New Balance Track Club took the tape in 9:03.66. Princeton's Eddie Owens led for most of the race with Nick Scarpello of Penn State and Paul Rupprecht of New Balance Boston on his heels. Thistle made his way to the front slowly after stumbling over the water hazard early in the race.
Laura Cummings, running unattached, topped the field in the Olympic Development Women's 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 10:19.06. Applachian State's Justine Stocks finished a 43 seconds behind Cummings.
Penn State's Natalie Bower bested Cummings time by 5 seconds (10:13.58) and a 7 seconds ahead of Indiana's Caitlin Engel. The Nittany Lions Abbie Benson was in contention for a top 5 finish before falling into the water hazard.
Rachel Sorna picked up another win for the Big Red in the College Women's 3000m Championship. Boston College's Bridget Dahlberg chased after Sorna in the final lap finishing a half second behind the winner in 9:20.86.
Earlier in the day Villanova won the women's college Distance Medley Relay Championship of America for the second consecutive year.
Division 2 hurdler Samantha Elliott of Johnson C. Smith won the College Women's 400m hurdles in 57.64 seconds.
Emily Savage from Weston High School in Connecticut eclipsed the five year old Penn Relays High School Girls' Pole Vault record 3.98m (13-0.75) by clearing 4.00 (13-1.5 inches).
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