Jacob Hernandez takes the baton for Texas (Photo by Han Nguyen)

Jacob Hernandez takes the baton for Texas (Photo by Han Nguyen)

Our next championship is the college men’s 4×800, always a great race.

We have a number of teams in it at the first exchange, including Arkansas and Texas.  Arkansas led unofficially in 1:50.

Penn State moves into the lead during the 2nd leg; we have a very big group.

Second exchange includes Arkansas and Texas again, with Coppin State (MD), Georgetown, and Penn State.  These five schools are all together on the third leg.

At the final exchange, we still have all five teams, with Penn State in the lead.  One lap to go, its Penn State and Texas.  Jacob Hernandez of Texas takes over the lead.

We have Texas winning, with Liam Poylan-Bett of Georgetown charging hard for 2nd.  Hernandez successfully defends his title with a 1:46 split.  The winning time was 7:16, the fastest winning time in 5 years.