Texas Relays - Bowerman winner --- Julien Alfred of Texas sets meet record in women's 60m final at Big 12 Championships
Julien Alfred

In a thrilling showdown at the Texas Relays, the women’s invitational 4x400m relay was a spectacle of speed, teamwork, and international talent.

After seeing the lead exchanged a few times during the hotly contested race, Team International clinched the victory with an impressive time of 3:25.31. Former world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith, who just moved training base to the USA, was impressive by coming from behind to outsprint Britton Wilson on the third leg.

Lanae Thomas, Rhasidat Adeleke, and Julian Alfred were also impressive for Team International. Their performance was a masterclass in relay racing, moving from second place at the 800m mark to take the lead by the 1200m and sealing their win with a strong finish.

Hot on their heels was Captain Athletics, comprising Paris Peoples, Britton Wilson, Shamier Little, and Shafiqua Maloney, who finished in a close second with a time of 3:25.87. Despite starting in third place at the 800m mark and falling to sixth by the 1200m, their remarkable comeback in the final leg highlighted the depth of their talent and determination. ALSO READ: Gabby Thomas Sets the Track Ablaze with Impressive Wins in 100m and 200m at Texas Relays

USA Blue, with athletes Na’Asha Robinson, Jessica Wright, Maya Singletary, and Quanera Hayes, claimed the third spot on the podium. Their team finished with a time of 3:26.77, having improved their position from eighth at the 800m mark to seventh at the 1200m, before finally clinching third in a tight race to the finish.

USA Red, featuring Kendall Ellis, Alexis Holmes, Dalilah Muhammad, and Lynna Irby, rounded out the top four. They began strongly, leading the pack at the 800m checkpoint but faced challenges in maintaining their pace, ultimately finishing with a time of 3:29.40.

The men’s invitational 4x400m relay was a highlight, featuring a dramatic clash of speed, teamwork, and strategy. USA Red emerged victorious, delivering a stunning performance to cross the finish line first with a time of 3:03.06. The team, composed of Michael Cherry, Matthew Boling, Will London, and Chris Bailey, showcased exceptional relay skills, moving from second place at the 800m mark to first by the finish, with Chris Bailey anchoring the team to victory with a phenomenal 44.92-second final leg.

Athletics TX, with Bryce Deadmon, Champion Allison, Jeremiah Curry, and Nic Baker, put up a formidable challenge, finishing a mere tenth of a second behind the winners in 3:03.16. Leading at the 800m mark, they maintained the lead at 1200m but were just edged out in the final stretch, illustrating the razor-thin margins that define relay racing at its finest.

Mexico-FMAA’s team, consisting of Guillermo Campos Ornelas, Luis Antonio Aviles Ferreiro, Edgar Isaac Ramirez Rios, and Valente Mendoza Falcon, also impressed, claiming third place with a time of 3:03.61. They showed consistency and fight, moving from third at the 800m mark to briefly second at 1200m, before finishing strong to secure their podium spot.

USA Blue, featuring Damarius Smith, Elijah Morrow, Amere Lattin, and Willington Wright, rounded out the top four with a time of 3:07.26. They held their position throughout the race, showcasing teamwork and determination against a competitive field.

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