PHILADELPHIA – Team USA’s women put on a thrilling show in the women’s 4x800m as they shattered the American Record by 13 seconds in the first event of the day and set the tone for Team USA to go on to win four of the six events at the 14th edition of USA vs. the World at the Penn Relays.
Team USA Red smashed the American Record by 13 seconds to win the women’s 4×800. Team USA battled with team Kenya through all four legs. Lea Wallace who got USA Red off to a good start with a 2:02.0 leg and handed off the baton to Brenda Martinez with the lead pack close together. Martinez was passed by Eunice Sum of Kenya, but Martinez returned the charge to regain the lead and split 2:00.6, with Sum at 2:01.2. 18-year-old Ajee Wilson also exchanged places with Hellen Obiri of Kenya during the third leg, but pulled ahead to pass the baton to Alysia Montano in first as she split 2:03.1. Montano extended the lead and crossed the line in a record-setting time of 8:04.31. Montano clocked the fastest split of the field in 1:58.6. Team Kenya was second in 8:07.58, with Team USA Blue (Phoebe Wright, Geena Gall, Alice Schmidt. LaTavia Thomas) third in 8:10.99.