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Team USATF dominates 19th annual USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays

4/28/2018
 

PHILADELPHIA — Team USATF’s sprint medley relay ran a world-record time and the “home team” won five of six events at the 19th running of USA vs. the World at the 124th Penn Relays Saturday afternoon. Competing against talent from Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Canada and Haiti inspired a compelling show for the 47,756 fans cheering at Franklin Stadium.


On demand coverage of USA vs. The World and Penn Relays are available on USATF.TV+.


World record quartet

Leading from handoff to home stretch, anchor Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas) ran a 50.48 split for 400 meters to give Team USA Red a world-record time of 1:35.20 in the women’s sprint medley presented by Nike. Destinee Brown (Inglewood, California) and Aaliyah Brown (Sherman Oaks, California) ran the first two 100-meter legs, setting the foundation for Kimberlyn Duncan (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) to extend the lead in the 200m. The previous record of 1:35.59 was set in 2017 by USA Red (Morolake Akinosun, English Gardner, Dezerea Bryant and Miki Barber.)


USATF’s men also put on an impressive performance in the sprint medley relay presented by Nike of 200m-200m-400m-800m. USA Red’s Jesse Garn (White Plains, New York) put on a clinic in the final leg, running a 1:47.42 split and giving his USA Red squad a win in 3:14.91. Garn took the stick and stretched the lead to five meters at the halfway mark of his leg. He held strong in the backstretch as Canada started to kick with 300m to go. Garn held his pace and never looked back, running the final leg in 1:47.42. Teammates Cordero Gray (Arlington, Texas), Bryce Robinson (Austin, Texas) and Jevon Hutchison (Boynton Beach, Florida) set the foundation for the win.


Red, White and Blue split 4x100m relays
The rivalry between Jamaica and the U.S. kicked off with the women’s 4x100m relay. A strong American contingent across two teams prepared for battle, led by 2017 World Champion in the 4x100m Aaliyah Brown. Team USATF Red dominated through the first three exchanges from Kimberlyn Duncan to Destinee Brown (Inglewood, California) to Kyra Jefferson (Gainesville, Florida). Jamaica’s Jura Levy caught Team USATF at the third exchange, going head-to-head down the final stretch. Levy edged out Jefferson to take first place in 43.14, with both Red and Blue teams close behind, 43.18-43.71.


On the men’s side, Team USATF maintained a confident lead throughout a fast-paced 4x100m. LeShon Collins (Houston, Texas) of Red took off from the gun and established solid positioning for Olympic and World champion Justin Gatlin to close the gap ahead of team Blue’s Bryce Robinson (Austin, Texas). From there, it was American domination as Tevin Hester (Clemson, South Carolina) and Justin Walker (Slidell, Louisiana) fought to stay ahead of Jeff Demps (Mascotte, Florida) and Remontay McClain (Irvine, California). USA Red finished 38.39 just ahead of their countrymen (38.72) and Jamaica (39.17).
 

Revenge is sweet as Team USA sweeps 4x400 relays

Winning is the best revenge as USA Red Women clinched the 4x400.  In the final event of USA vs. The World, Jamaica’s Christine Day had a few steps’ lead on Jaide Stepter (Santa Ana, California) going into the first exchange, but USA Red closed the gap and were ahead on the second. USA Red’s Jasmine Blocker (New Orleans, Louisiana) edged ahead at 200 meters then handed the baton to Kyra Jefferson. Jamaica’s Rhonda Whyte caught up on the backside but Jefferson fought back to give Team USA Red the lead at the final exchange. USA Red’s Daina Harper (Fayetteville, Arkansas) took the baton with a ten-meter lead. She ran a controlled pace on the backstretch and never looked back. USA Red won 3:26.73, Jamaica was second in 2:28.59, USA Blue T’Sheila Mungo (Atlanta, Georgia), Kiah Seymour (Washington, DC), Asha Ruth (New York, New York), Gabrielle Farquharson (Clermont, Florida) finished third in 3:32.94. World All-Stars crossed the line in fourth in 3:36.09.

USA Red men and Jamaica were even after the opening leg and ran stride for stride through 800 meters. Marqueze Washington (Fayetteville, Arkansas) seamlessly passed the baton to 2017 and 2018 World silver medalist Michael Cherry (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). Third leg Marcus Chambers (Tacoma, Washington) extended the lead to ten meters and handed off to Mike Berry (Windermere, Florida) who shifted to another gear, extending the gap between first and the rest of the field to nearly 100 meters. The fight was on for second place between the Bahamas and Jamaica with Bahamas edging out Jamaica at the line in 3:02.54 to 3:03.12. USA Red won in 3:01.31, while Blue finished fourth in 3:04.87.

 

Three-day total attendance at Penn Relays was 108,755. For full results go to pennrelays.com/results/schedule.




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