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USA vs. The World Highlights Day Three of the Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA - USA Red provided a thrilling victory in the 4x400 relay and was one of numerous highlights in front of 48,531 on Saturday at the 177th running of the Penn Relays, bringing the three-day attendance for the event to 110,087.

Running even with the Bahamas after the first two legs of the 4x400, Bershawn Jackson opened up a lead for USA Red in the third leg and Angelo Taylor brought it home in 3:02.40 for the victory. Quentin Summers and Jamal Torrence provided the first two legs in the USA win.

USA also won the women's 4x400 as Sanya Richards-Ross held off charges from USA Blue to lead her Red team to victory in 3:22.92. She was joined on the victory stand by Debbie Dunn, Allyson Felix and Natasha Hastings.

In addition to the USA vs. the World, the following Athlete of the Meet awards were given out on Saturday:

  • High School Boys Athlete of the Meet for Individual Events: Travis Smikle (Calabar, Jamaica), won the discus with a meet record 228- 2″ (69.55).
  • High School Girls Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events: Ristananna Tracey (Edwin Allen, Jamaica), anchored the winning 4×800 with a 2:03.17 split, equaling the fastest ever at Penn. Allen's quartet ran 8:39.22, the second fastest ever at the Carnival. Tracey also anchored Allen's 4×400 tem to third place with a 52.5 leg, the fastest split of this year's meet.
  • College Women's Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events: Jillian King (Boston College), anchored winning 4×1500 in 4:12.2, fastest split of the event, for the first Relays championship ever for the Boston College women and first for the school since the men won the sprint medley in 1975.
  • College Men's Athlete of the Meet for Individual Events: Omo Osaghae (Texas Tech), winner of the college men's 110-meter hurdles in 13.35. Only meet-record holder Terrence Trammell has ever run faster at the Relays.
  • College Women's Athlete of the Meet for Individual Events: Tina Sutej (Arkansas), winner of the college women's pole vault at 14′ 7-1/4″ (4.45 meters), setting a new meet record (previous record: 13′ 10-1/2″).
  • High School Boys Athletes of the Meet for Relay Events: Myles Andrews (Long Beach Poly, Calif.), anchored the winning high school boys 4×800 team with a 1:49.54 leg. Long Beach Poly's time of 7:31.69 is the third fastest U.S. time ever at Penn.
  • College Men's Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events: Robby Andrews (Virginia), anchored a come-from-behind victory in the college men's 4×800 with a 1:46.00 leg, as the Cavaliers repeated as champions of the event.

In other USA vs. the World events, Jamaica won the men's 4x100 relay as the foursome of Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter and Steve Mullings finished in 38.33. Short of last year's Penn Relays held of 37.90. On the women's side, USA  earned the victory as Lauryn Williams, Allyson Felix Marshevet Myers and Carmelita Jeter outlasted USA Blue once again with their finish of 42.28.

In the women's sprint medley Jamaica won going away, taking the event in 3:34.64, over three seconds faster than USA Red. Simone Facey led off and was followed by Kerron Stewart, Melaine Walker and Kenia Sinclair.

Finally in the USA vs. the World men's distance medley relays it was Morocco who earned the victory, finishing in 9:17.48, 0.18 seconds ahead of the Australian team which came in second. Mohammed Moustaoui led off, followed by Marouan Maadadi, Mohammed Laalou and Amine Laalou.

The College Championships of America provided some exciting finishes, including Virginia's dominance in the 4x800 relay. In the race the foursome of Brett Johnson, Lance Roller, Anthony Kostelac and anchor Robby Andrews nearly threatened the 1985 Penn Relays record before finishing in 7:12.15, the second fastest time in Relays history.

LSU proved to be dominant on the men's side, winning the 4x100 in 38.77 and the 4x200 in 1:20.62. In the 4x400, LSU tasted defeat as Texas A&M won in 3:01.73.

On the women's side, Texas A&M won by a quarter of a second with their time of 43.24 in the 4x100 and also was victorious in the 4x200 with a time of 1:29.96.

The Texas women won the 4x400 by over two seconds with their finish of 3L30.08 and it was Duke by over a half a second in the 4x800 with a time of 8:25.95

Complete results came be found on The 118th running the Penn Relays takes place April 19-21, 2012.



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