Florida’s Charlotte Browning had the early lead but Tennessee’s Channelle Price took control on the last lap and handed off first in about 4:20. Georgetown, Washington and Villanova were right there, as those four teams separate from the pack.
Frances Koons took over the lead for Villanova on the second leg. Koons and Washington’s Katie Follett opened up a gap on Georgetown’s Emily Infield and Tennessee’s Phoebe Wright, but on the final lap Infield charged into the lead, briefly, before Follett handed off first. Nova and Tennessee still right there.
The four teams, now with a 200-meter advantage on Penn and Wake Forest, ran single file. Washington’s Mel Lawrence did the work at the head of the leaders’ train, but Renee Tomlin of Georgetown and Nicole Schappert of Villanova moved ahead on the final circuit. Tomlin gave the Hoyas a 15-meter lead at the exchange.
Maggie Infeld went out hard — a good plan with NCAA Indoor mile champ Sarah Bowman anchoring Tennessee. Bowman passed Christine Babcock of Washington and Sheila Reid of Villanova on the second lap, then set her sights on Infield. At the 900-meter mark she was right on her heels. Bowman made her move down the backstretch, but Infield wouldn’t give up the lead. Finally, with 200 to go, Bowman put the race away for a 17:08.34 win. That smashes the Penn Relays — and collegiate — record by more than 7 seconds! Georgetown (17:11.80) and Washington (17:14.55) were also under the old record, Michigan’s 17:15.62 from 2007.
The Lady Vols splits: Channelle Price 4:19.5, Phoebe Wright 4:19.0, Rolanda Bell 4:19.6, Sarah Bowman 4:10.2. Bowman’s split is the second fastest ever at Penn, behind only Suzy Favor’s 4:07.4 from 1990.
Results are here.