Lady Vols set U.S. mark at Penn Relays

Updated: April 25, 2009, 3:57 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Tennessee set an American record in the 3,200-meter relay on Saturday to complete a rare triple in the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

The team of Kimarrra McDonald, Chanelle Price, Sarah Bowman and Phoebe Wright finished in 8 minutes, 17.91 seconds on Saturday to break the mark of 8:18.78 set by Michigan at the 2007 Penn Relays.

Tennessee is just the third program and sixth women's team to take the distance medley and the 6,000- and 3,200-meter events in the 115-year history of the meet. North Carolina's women were the last to do it, in 2003.

"Our focus wasn't on the record," said Bowman, who anchored the two previous wins this weekend. "It was again about competing. If you get too caught up in times it messes you up. We we're like just go out there and compete hard."

Maryland Eastern Shore finished second in the 3,200 in 8:37.56.

Jamaica set a record in the rarely contested sprint medley in the second of the USA versus the World races.

Sheri-Ann Brooks, Rosemarie Whyte, Moya Thompson and Kenia Sinclair finished in 3:34.56 to ignite a huge crowd of supporters. They cut nearly 3 seconds off the previous mark of 3:37.16 set by USA Blue at the 2006 Penn Relays.

The event -- a pair of 200-meter legs with a 400 and an 800 -- is rarely held, mainly in showcase events like the Penn Relays and is not officially recognized by the International Amateur Athletics Federation.

"We didn't even know the team we were going to run," said Sinclair, who ran the final leg in a blistering 1:57.43 despite it being her first 800 of the season. "I think this was our best chance of winning a relay today against the USA. We just wanted to start it off good for the rest of the team."


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