The team of Chanelle Price, Chrishuna Williams, Laura Roesler and Charlene Lipsey got a comfortable 3+ second win over Belarus, although their 8:16 winning time wouldn't have been fast enough to even podium at the last two World Relays.
Edwards had a solid 1500/800 double at Mt. SAC where she took down Oregon's Raevyn Rogers and finished right behind Laura Roesler. Mitchell-Blake ran the fastest wind-legal NCAA 100m of the year with 10.09 and was also on the NCAA leading 4x100.
Roesler won in 2:01.54 with NCAA indoor mile champ Edwards 2nd (2:01.97) and indoor 800 champ Rogers 3rd. Solomon ran 1:45.47 to beat NCAA runner-up Rutto (1:45.59) as well as Lopez Lomong and David Torrence.
Sean Barber won the men's PV in a world leading 5.91m while the women's saw Jenn Suhr scratch with a calf issue and Demi Payne break her pole and dislocate her thumb on her first attempt. Texas' Morolake Akinosun ran a WL in the 100 with 11.07 (1.9m/s) while David Oliver opened his season with a 110H win (13.44). Women's 1500: Dana Mecke in 4:15.93 over Laura Roesler (4:18.17). UTEP's Jonah Koech wins the mile (4:00.82).
"I really can’t say I’m on the verge of tears or disappointed. After the year I had last year, making this final, all my dreams have come true.”
Some quotes from Roesler and her coach Rose Monday about her comeback from last year's injury which was the first major one of her career.
Andrew Wheating is in the 800 (also listed in mile) vs Tyler Mulder while the mile has Trevor Dunbar, Hassan Mead and Will Geoghegan in the mile.
This is track's version of the Heisman. *Video Replay Of Awards Presentation
You'll be able to watch live on December 17th. The six finalists include Laura Roesler, Edward Cheserek and Lawi Lalang.
The fan votes count as one ballot
Men's candidates are Lawi Lalang, Edward Cheserek and Deon Lendore. Women's are Sharika Nelvis, Laura Roesler and Courtney Okolo.
Robby Andrews kicked down Elijah Greer to get NJ-NY Track Club the 4 x 800 win over OTC (7:16.22 to 7:16.41). Laura Roesler led the women's team that won in 8:07.65. Christian Taylor won the TJ while Aleec Harris ran 13.14 to beat Aries Merrit in the 110H.
USA swept the top 6 places with Latavia Thomas, Kate Grace and Morgan Uceny 3-6. Kenya's Anthony Chemut won the 1000 in 2:18.20 as Ryan Gregson was 4th. Dorian Ulrey was the top American in 9th (2:19.69) as Elijah Greer was 10th, Erik Sowinski 12th, Mac Fleet 14th (2:21.18).
Roesler moved to #8 on the all-time NCAA list with 2:00.54. Locke helped FSU with the ACC Championships winning the 100, 4x100 and 3rd place in the 200 and 4x400.
Oregon's Phyllis Francis won the 400 in 51.57 beating pros DeeDee Trotter and Lashinda Demus while the Oregon women's 4x100 won in 43.31 (#2 in school history).
"Just to go out in under 60 and get a feel for that will help me later on. I'm not very comfortable going out hard; I'd rather kind of sit back. So it's a good thing that 59 felt pretty comfortable today."