Quickly, we move to our next championship, the college women’s 4×800. Tennessee is looking for the big distance sweep of DMR, 4×1500, and 4×800. We saw Tennessee win the 4×1500 in a world best time yesterday.
At the first exchange, its Tennessee in 2:08.9, with Kim McDonald passing to Chanelle Price. University of Maryland-Eastern Shore is in a surprisingly 2nd.
Price drops a 2:02.6 (!) and opens up a huge lead at the 2nd exchange. They have about 80 meters on the field.
Sarah Bowman runs an unofficially 2:03, leaving anchor Phoebe Wright to run another 2:03 to have a shot at the collegiate record of 8:18 – set by Michigan 2 years ago at the Penn Relays. Spurred on by the announcer and the crowd Wright really gutted it out through the line in 8:17.91 – A NEW AMERICAN and COLLEGIATE RECORD! And a victory by nearly 20 seconds! Results.
The splits = Kimarra McDonald (2:09.14), Chanelle Price (2:02.45), Sarah Bowman (2:03.70), Phoebe Wright (2:02.62)