Penn Relays Day 3: Top 10 Moments





1. In a huge act of redemption after the DMR loss yesterday, Villanova’s Jordy Williamsz gave Oregon a taste of their own medicine by out-kicking six-time NCAA Champion Edward Cheserek on the homestretch in front of a roaring crowd to win the 4xMile. 
 
The Aussie received the baton in second place behind Cheserek after the Wildcats and Ducks battled in 1-2 spots for the majority of the race. The Ducks were in the lead heading into the final leg when Cheserek received the baton. Within the first 150 meters, Cheserek engaged in some of the strangest race tactics of the weekend. The Oregon Duck took the baton and suddenly slowed down to a pedestrian pace, unwilling to take the lead. The entire field was able to catch up to leaders Oregon and Villanova, and the runners nearly came to a complete stop in the middle of the four-lap leg. Ultimately the race came down to a mad dash to the finish in the final 200m, where Williamsz engaged in an explosive gear to push past Cheserek and bring home the coveted Penn Relays wheel for Villanova. WATCH RACE


2. Team USA won all three relay races in Team USA vs. The World in dominating style, with all-star teams taking down Jamaica, lighting up the crowd at Franklin Field. The day kicked off with a win in the men’s 4x100m, starting with Mike Rodgers on the lead-off leg, handing off to Justin Gatlin, then to Isiah Young and finishing with Olympic Silver medalist Ryan Bailey on the anchor leg for a winning time of 38.68 over Jamaica’s anchor leg Asafa Powell. Nearly two hours later, the team of Joe Morris, Maurice Mitchell, Ameer Webb, and Wallace Spearmon returned to the track to dominate the 4x200m in a winning time of 1:20.64. And to close out the day, Bryshon Nellum, Brycen Spratling, Clayton Parros, and Patrick Feeney ran their way to another victory in the 4x400m in a winning time of 3:00.86.
 

3. The boys of Calabar used the adrenaline of the Jamaican cheering squad to run their way to a new Penn Relays high school record in the 4x100m in a winning time of 39.63! WATCH RACE
 
4. In an upset win, Georgia Tech took down a stacked field in the men’s 4x800m relay. It came down to a monster kick from anchor leg Brandon Lasater, who came from behind to out-lean Villanova’s Elliot Slade and Georgetown’s Joseph White for the win in 7:18.84, the first ever victory for Georgia Tech in the 4x800m at Penn Relays. WATCH RACE


5. The Villanova ladies returned to Franklin Field to earn themselves another Penn Relays wheel in dominating fashion with a big push from anchor leg Angel Piccirillo. The Wildcat split 2:04 in a solo effort to bring home the win for the Wildcats in a winning time of 8:26.36, a full four seconds ahead of runner-up Clemson. WATCH RACE
 
6. 2014 Boston Marathon Champion Meb Keflezighi reacted to Edward Cheserek’s race tactics after Jordy Williamsz out-kicked the NCAA Champion for the win, and he had a few suggestions…
 


7. Despite missing key contributor Ashley Spencer, the Texas Longhorns came from behind with an outstanding performance on the anchor leg from Bowerman finalist Courtney Okolo. Okolo split 50.04 to take down UTech’s Janieve Russel and bring home the Penn Relays victory for the Longhorns in 3:29.46. WATCH RACE

 
8. In one of the closest winning margins of the day, Team USA anchor Porscha Lucas out-leaned Jamaica’s Natasha Morrison by 0.007 seconds to take home the win in the women’s 4x200m relay. 
 

9. The LSU men’s 4x400m squad threw down an upset win in the Champions of America 4x400m. In a monster anchor leg from Darrell Bush (45.33), the Tigers took down a stacked field that included NCAA Indoor Champions Texas A&M, for a final winning time of 3:02.61. WATCH RACE
 
10. The Masters 100m race was a perfect example that age is just a number after 75-year-old Alby Williams of PVTC threw down a 14.15 for the win over 76-year-old John Boykin. 98-year-old Champ Goldy also threw down a 33.09 100m! WATCH RACE

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