LSU’s Charlene Lipsey took it out hard and immediately set the stage for a great run. Tennessee’s Kimarra McDonald handed off in second, about five meters back.
On the second leg Tennessee’s Chanelle Price gradually closed down on LSU’s Kayann Thompson, but Thompson had a final burst to maintain the lead.
The third leg was the battle of Brittanys, with Tennessee’s Sheffey catching LSU’s Hall in the final 50 meters and handing off a stride ahead.
The anchor leg was a classic battle with Tennessee’s Phoebe Wright leading LSU’s LaTavia Thomas the whole way. A final surge from Wright opened up an 8:18.22–8:19.77 margin of victory. Those are the second and fourth fastest times in Relays history.
The Lady Vols completed the distance “double-triple” — sweeping the 4x800m 4×1500 and distance medley for the second year in a row. Villanova did it in 1989 and 90.
Tennessee’s splits: Kimarra McDonald (2:07.71), Chanelle Price (2:05.33), Brittany Sheffey (2:04.29), Phoebe Wright (2:00.89)
Full results can be found here.