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Raevyn Rogers’ Late Push Helps U.S. To Strong Day At Penn Relays

By Paul D. Bowker | April 27, 2019, 5:14 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. women's relay team poses for a photo at the Penn Relays on April 27, 2019 in Philadelphia.


American sprinter Raevyn Rogers flashed her brilliance in the anchor leg of the women’s sprint medley for the second consecutive year on Saturday in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Trailing Jamaica after three legs, Rogers bolted into the lead on the final turn and blasted ahead to lead the U.S. to a victory in the event with a time of 1:37.87. She defeated the Jamaican runner by nearly two seconds.

“I knew what I had to do,” Rogers said on the NBCSN telecast.

A year ago, Rogers ran the anchor leg in a record time posted by the U.S., 1:35.20.

The win in the women’s sprint medley was one of three victories in the annual USA vs. the World relay competition at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The U.S. also won the men’s 4x100 and men’s 4x400.

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Mike Rogers, a 2016 Olympian, anchored a U.S. victory in the 4x100. Chris Belcher, Bryce Robinson, Josiah Young and Rodgers sent USA Red to the win with a time of 38.80 seconds. USA Blue (Cordero Gray, Sean McLean, Kenzo Cotton, Cameron Burrell) finished third.

In the 4x400, My’lik Kerley, Michael Cherry, Dontavius Wright and Je’Von Hutchison combined to win the race in 3:02.70. They defeated Canada by nearly two seconds. Another U.S. squad, USA Blue, finished fifth.

Kenya won the men’s sprint relay, but two U.S. teams finished among the top four. USA Red finished second and USA Blue was fourth.

U.S. women’s squads finished third and fourth in the women’s 4x100. Jamaica teams swept the first two spots in the women’s 4x400; U.S. teams finished fourth and fifth.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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