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Team USA wins five of six match-ups at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA -- A star-spangled afternoon in Philadelphia had Team USA winning five of six events Saturday at USA vs. The World during Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
4x100-meter relay
Team USA Red started the day strong in the BMW Women’s 4x100m as the quartet of Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Florida), Candyce McGrone (Indianapolis), Kimberlyn Duncan (Katy,Texas)  and Carmelita Jeter (Los Angeles) finished in 42.61 for the win. Jeter held off Jamaica’s Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce whose team was second in 42.90, and the USA Blue team of Dezerea Bryant (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Kaylin Whitney (Clermont, Florida), Miki Barber (Montclair, New Jersey) and Cambrya Jones in fourth at 43.71.
In the Nike Men’s 4x100, Jamaica’s Jermaine Hamilton, Julian Foote, Rasheed Dwyer and Oshane Bailey held off the USA Blue team of Sean McLean (Raleigh, N.C.), Wallace Spearmon (Fayetteville, Arkansas), Calesio Newman (Surprise, Arizona) and Remontay McClain (Irvine, California) to cross the line first in 38.70 while Team USA Blue was second in 38.70.
USA Red ran smooth and in front for the first two exchanges from Mike Rodgers (Round Rock, Texas) to Justin Gatlin (Orlando, Florida) and from Gatlin to Tyson Gay (Lexington, Kentucky). However, a fumbled final handoff from Gay to Isiah Young lost ground and USA Red finished fourth in 39.74. Team USA Red was later disqualified USA Red was disqualified when becausethe final pass occurred after the zone.
Team USA swept the USATF Men’s and Women’s 4x200m relays as leadoff McGrone (Indianapolis), running in lane 8, kept the American women at the front of the stagger into the handoff to Whitney. Whitney created space off the curve, handing off to Duncan, who maintained pace on leg three with Cambria Jones anchoring the victory in 1:31.17.
In the men’s race, a false start for slipping blocks issued a yellow card to Team USA’s Isiah Young. Once the race began, the U.S. team, featuring a combo of Young, Gatlin, Spearmon and Rodgers, earned a decisive victory in 1:20.94.
The Progressive Men’s 4x400m relay featured an opening 46.1 split by Chris Giesting (Batesville, Indiana), a newly minted 4x4 World Indoor Championships relay gold medalist. After the first exchange, Brycen Spratling (Webster, New York) ran 45.0 to break through the three turn stagger and create a more than five-meter lead that never wavered for Je’vonn Hutchison (Boynton Beach, Florida) and James Harris (Lanett, Alabama) to bring it home for Team USA Blue in 3:02.32. Team USA Red was in fourth after the first lap, but 2008 Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner ran down Team Brazil and Team Jamaica to put the team back in second place at 3:03.73. 
Natasha Hastings (Brooklyn, New York) led wire to wire in the leadoff leg of the Nike Women’s 4x400m relay as she put down a 51.3 split before handing off to DeeDee Trotter (Los Angeles). Both Trotter and Phyllis Francis (Bryan, Texas) were under 51.43, giving Sanya Richards-Ross (Austin, Texas) an emotional final lap as she finished in a comfortable first place in her last appearance at USA vs. The World during Penn Relays.

Rewatch the six USA vs. The World match-ups on USATF.TV.

Christa Mann
Marketing & Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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