OT: Women’s 4X400 come from behind win

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  1. OT: Women’s 4X400 come from behind win
    ErikMcKinney

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    https://twitter.com/ncaatrackfield/status/1273340755415830530?s=21

    The NCAA track and field account tweeted the video, which is a must-watch for me anytime I come across it.

    Kendall Ellis, who ran the anchor leg, saw it and provided some commentary:

    Ellis:

    “few things:
    - in the moment I didn’t watch any more than the first 200m of the first two legs, I got nervous watching
    - i really only like to pass on the inside
    - i couldn’t really tell how far ahead Purdue was, just knew we weren’t going out like that“
     
       
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    "They fought like Trojans" was never more apt.

    Holy cow that was frickin AWESOME! I wonder if the Purdue anchor just figured she had it in the bag and was on cruise control.
     
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    Thanks Erik for posting that piece. Enjoyed watching it again. I remember that race well.

    Crazy at one point, Purdue's lead was something like 25 to 30 meters. For Kendall making up that much distance is super human like feat. I thought like many viewers, Purdue is gonna win the race by a huge margin.

    But, Purdue's girl simply died the last 70 meters, no legs left.

    All the credit to Kendall Ellis, 400 meter champion, she was just too strong and ran her down. Amazing race by KE. KE is a product of Coach Quincy Watts, former All American, Olympian 400 m Champion and USC runner.

    In any relay race, always position your best runner for the last leg.
     
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    Watched it live and it was amazing.
    Sealed the team championship.
    Got tired of hearing nonstop Georgia praise up to that point.
     
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    Are the splits for that race posted anywhere?
     
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    I can remember seeing it live. We were at a sports bar in the Midwest for a fund raiser. No one was really paying attention and it was just kind of on in the background. As I watched it unfold, I just kept saying "Omigod, omigod, omigod!" and the people around me looked at me like I was acting out the scene from When Harry Met Sally! Truly an epic event to behold -- the race that is, not my reaction. Ha ha.
     
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    https://www.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/external/track-field/results/d1/outdoor18/Finals/032-2-01.htm

    That 50.05 from Kendall was enough to have won the individual 400 every year since 1984.

    The 400 is a beast. It takes a special athlete to excel. Easily one of the best moments in USC T&F history...NCAA's too.

    Other highlights for me...Dwight arrogant Stones had called Purdue the winner. Loved hearing him have to walk that back.

    And as much as I can't stand Oregon or Oregon fans, there is one thing they appreciate and that's an outstanding track performance. Nice to see duck fans give Kendall Ellis their appreciation.
     
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    True, Oregon may be zeroes in football history, but they've been a great school for T&F.

    I ran the 400m in HS, think my PR was in the 52s or 53s range, and yes it's a beast event. 800m isn't any nicer, and I'm sure 400m hurdles also is rough.
     
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    When I first saw the race live, I couldn’t believe my eyes, I was so proud to be a Trojan that day (as well as any other day) but it was so special. I wanted to hug KE after that race and thank her so much for making me so very proud of her a the lady Trojans. Thank you KE. A very special hug to you. Long live KE!
     
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    There's hope for you! Michael Norman's early high school PR was 49.54. He dropped that in just 6 years to 43.45! You can do it too! Lol.
     
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    I've past 40, so pretty sure those HS PRs are permanently out of reach for me... until I get fitted for the wheelchair and afix an electric motor to it.
     
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    400 has to be the toughest....

    Whats the reason why the NCAA got rid of the 4×400 relay? Was it just the women, or the men too?
     
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    Why makes you think the NCAA dumped the 4x400?
     
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    what year?
     
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    2018
     
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    Love it! I didn't see it live but I've watched it on YouTube a bunch of times. Classic!!
     
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    Watched it live at the time, and it still brings tears to my eyes.

    The mostly pro-Duck fans even applauded Ellis' monumental effort.
     
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    I have seen that race a dozen time and everytime I tear up, maybe my greatest moment as a Trojan.
     

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