The 4×800 is our first relay following the individual finals, and first of our final set of relay events.
Columbia is the defending champion, a sentence that has not been used since 1939 (it was quite an upset last year). The 4×800, as the last of the three “distance” relays, usually is very exciting especially if the top schools have already run the other relays and are a bit tired.
Teams entered: Columbia, Texas, LSU, Arkansas, Villanova, Tennessee, UConn, Mississippi State, Seton Hall, Penn State, Penn, Dartmouth, Providence, and Georgetown.
It is very bunched up through 600 . . . . LSU leading. At the first exchange its Tennessee, Villanova, and Columbia. This race is continuing to be very tight with about 8 teams in it, including the host university of Penn and Texas. At the 2nd exchange, LSU has emerged with a 20 meter lead, with Columbia trailing while leading the chase pack of 6 teams. Texas is leading the charge with Villanova . . . they are catching LSU. Columbia is still right there is third, and Liam Boylan-Pett is right there in the same position as last year. Jacob Hernandez is anchoring for Texas. Five teams at the end, and its Texas, followed by LSU and Columbia.
Texas – 7:23.51, LSU – 7:24.42, Columbia – 7:24.82
Full results are posted here