The Lady Vols take their third victory lap of the week. Photo by Han Nguyen

The Lady Vols take their third victory lap of the week

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)