Van Buskirk (nice socks !) for the Blue Devils (Photo Kim Spir)

Our third distance championship for women was the 4×800.  We had Georgetown in the DMR and Boston College in the 4×1500, with anyone’s guess in this race.

The leadoff leg came through in 2:06.  We had many teams in contention (BYU, Georgetown, UConn, Tennessee, Duke) at this point.  BYU took the lead with Duke at the second exchange with a 2:03.3.  However, Duke took over on the third leg, followed by Georgetown.  Kate Van Buskirk anchored for Duke, with Renee Tomlin for Georgetown . . . Van Buskirk held off Tomlin in 8:35.95.  Tennessee closed hard with Chanelle Price in 2:03.

This is Duke’s first 4×800 championship, and only the 2nd for the school.