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4/30/2016
 
Carmelita Jeter, anchor of USA Red 4x100m relay, first place
On the energy of the crowd coming down the final stretch ahead of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica
Being in that corner is always great energy. I appreciate those diehard fans that love us. It always feels good to hear the crowd and the energy. It’s no secret - I’ve been hurt for two years, and I needed this meet. I need this meet just to show me where I am and just to push me forward and make sure I stay motivated. It’s going to be a long season, and Olympic Trials is not until July. This kind of shows me where I am and what I need to go back to the house and work on. It always feels good to have teammates that believe in me. Even though I’ve been hurt for two years, they believed in me to bring the stick home, and that’s what matters. When I got the stick, the only thing I was thinking was that I can’t let these women down. The same thing I was thinking in London was that I can’t let these women down. Every time I get that stick in my hand, I don’t think about myself. I think about the other three women that just ran before me.
 
On competing at Penn Relays
It’s always good to get that team spirit going. I love coming to Philly, and I love being at Penn Relays. At the end of the day, I just love putting on the red, white and blue. That’s why I do and that’s why I come. It’s because I get to represent the United States of America.
 
Justin Gatlin, second leg of USATF Men’s 4x200m relay, first place
On comparing his 2015 season to the start of 2016
For me, if you’re going to parallel my last season to this season coming up, I came out the gates swinging. (I was) trying to make a statement and show the world that I could run fast when need be. I want to be able to run fast when it matters the most - at the Olympic Trials and going into the Olympics. Knock on wood, I’ll make the team and do what I need to do. This year is just about having poise and setting yourself up to have the patience to strike at the right moment. It’s a special year, and this year only comes around every fourth year so you’ve got to make the most of it.
 
Tianna Bartoletta, first leg of USA Red in BMW 4x100m relay, first place
On opening up at Penn Relays and competing again for Team USA
In 2012, it was such a good energy and we fed on that energy all the way into the Olympics. We hope to do the same here. I was quite pleased with the result of the race, especially after yesterday’s practice. I believe our team of women had a lot of trust in each other and that’s what made the difference today. I felt really good personally on my leg, and ran the turns with everything I had. It’s just another way to run more 100s early in the season, and I want to build on that momentum.
 
On doubling as a sprinter and a jumper this season
I am both a long jumper and a sprinter, and I plan on competing in both events this year. The thing about my long jump is that it’s predicated on being very fast, so my sprint training actually doubles as my jumps training. Even today, I just ran the 4x100, but that is jumps training for me. Next week I plan to open up in Japan, and I will do both events - the 100 and the long jump and probably alternate between the two in Diamond League events. I will compete in both events at the Olympic Trials in July.
 
Sanya Richards-Ross, anchor of Nike Women’s 4x400m relay
On her final lap at Penn Relays as anchor of Nike Women’s 4x400m
It was amazing.
Today made me reflect on how blessed I have been to always run with three amazing girls. Today, they worked really well and gave me an amazing lead and I felt like I was running a victory lap around the track and the crowd was amazing. It was a little emotional for me to stand on the track. I walked up and down a couple times to just take in the moment. It has just been a blessing to compete with Team USA and all of my teammates. Whether it’s the 4x4, or the 4x1 or 4x2, the love, the energy and camaraderie is just really special, and I’m definitely, definitely going to miss that.
 
Jeremy Wariner, second leg of USA Red in Progressive 4x400m, second place
On competing as a part of Team USA again
I’m just blessed to be able to put this uniform on again and come out here and have fun. It’s a whole different team for me now with a bunch of the young kids coming up. I’m just happy I was able to run well and give them some experience. Let them know that all they needed to do was run their race and just to get the stick around. I’m excited about this year and moving forward.

On where he is with his training and if he is leveling off   
It’s a long season like Carmelita said, and I’m just preparing myself or USAs right now. My main goal is to get my time down to where I want to be, execute my race. I wouldn’t say I’m leveling off. Being injured for four straight years put me back a bit, but I ended well last year and I started off where I left off. I’m happy about where things are going right now.
 
Brycen Spratling, second leg of USA Blue in Progressive 4x400m, first place
On regaining the lead for Team USA after a three-turn stagger
I knew I just wanted to give Je’von (Hutchison) the biggest lead I could, so I went out there and was just trying to do as much as I could. I ran strong. Coach (Dennis Mitchell) told us right before we ran to make sure that at that last 150 you have something left. I executed my race perfectly and came out with a good result.
 
James Harris, anchor of USA Blue in Progressive 4x400m, first place
On chemistry of the relay team
It felt really good. I raced most of these guys in my collegiate career, and just to come together and actually get the chance to run a relay with them in the USA jersey felt very special. We’ve been chiming into each other since yesterday about our order and how we’re going to go out, and just to leave it out on the track. We knew what we had to do - come out with a victory. Just leave it all on the track and get the job done. We got the victory and that feels great.
 
On doubling as a sprinter and a jumper this season
My double is a little unconventional with the 400m and the high jump, so I am more focussed on the 400 with it being an Olympic year. I plan on doing great things in track and field. But to actually get those two events accommodated at big meets, I have to really make a name for myself in one and eventually pave the road back to the other.

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