Northwestern claimed the US #3 with its winning 9:15.76 performance in the 4 x 800 meter relay.
Boyd Anderson took the lead through the 400 meter with a 64 second opening lap. But De'Andreah Young put the Lady Bulls in the lead for good with a 2:16.6 split.
"For me the race felt pretty tough because my legs got tight, "said Young who ran the 4 x 400 meter prelims in the morning. " But I was able to get to first and hand off Shiree. I didn't feel as good as I did in the 4 x 4. I don't think I warmed up as good as I did for the 4 x 4, but I did good overall. "
Open 800 meter fourth placer Shiree Hinds increased the lead splitting 63.4, and 73.9(2:17.3) to hit the half way mark in 4:33.9.
" What was going through my mind was executing the second leg so I could bring it home to the third leg and fourth leg to lower our[team] time," said Hinds.
Open 800 meter sixth placer and sophomore Ayoola Gbolade got the baton next splitting 67.1 and 73(2:20). Wharton's Bryanna Rivers had a great leg to bring the Wildcats to second place.
A'sja Baker finished off the victory with a 63.8 and 77(2:20.8) to lead the Lady Bulls to the fastest Florida time this season.
"As the last leg, I didn't want to let my team down or myself down so I made the best of it and switched through the pain, "said Baker.
South Forsyth came up for second on the strength of a 2:14 leg by 1600m/3200m Savannah Carnahan. The 9:28.73 lowered their Georgia best time by 8.28 seconds and moved them to US #14.
Wharton was third in 9:29.13 for US #13, FL #7 and 3A #3 best.
Boys 4x800m Relay