The top three teams in the men’s 4x400m relay were all under the world record of 3:01.77* set by Poland a week ago. The University of Southern California’s Zach Shinnick (46.24), Rai Benjamin (44.35), Ricky Morgan Jr. (45.67) and Norman (44.52) combined for a 3:00.77, the fastest performance ever run. The time however, is not eligible for a world record because Benjamin is from Antigua & Barbuda, and the others are USA citizens.
Second-place Texas A&M, anchored by Kerley’s 44.52, thus has the pending world record of 3:01.39*. The University of Florida was third in 3:01.43.
The women’s 400m was also won by a University of Southern California sprinter, Kendall Ellis, who took the first of two sections in 50.34 for a North American Area record. Sydney McLaughlin won the second section in 50.36, an U20 world record*, and finished second overall. Both were under the gold-winning time from Birmingham.