correct if I'm wrong, but I believe it was the elder McCullough (Shaheed) that "limped" the 49 in the final, giving the Jamaican schools (Camperdown) the lead and putting the crowd in a total frenzy because they actually thought Obea was going to get the anchor behind. Then the younger McCullough (Sultan) blitzed a 45.9 and passed everyone back.
This resulted in a very ho-hum 45.1 from Moore, impressive time-wise but not particulary "thrilling" because he led wire to wire. If Shaheed hadn't injured himself the HS 4x400 record was toast (and as it was, with the injury, it was almost toast).
Another great comeback was in the 1977 Tom Black Track Classic at the University of Tennesee in 1977. It was Edwin Moses' senior year at Morehouse State and his 4x440 yard relay team ran in one of the slower heats.
Anyway his team was in 6th place and trailed the leaders by at least 25 yards when he took the baton for the anchor leg. Moses picked off runner after runner. When he hit the 280 yard mark, he was in 2nd place 10 yards behind, and he hit another gear caught the runner at the 360 mark and won by 5 yards! The announcer moments later said." his split was 45.2. That had to have been the fastest 45.2 I've ever seen. It seemed more like a 44.2.
I agree with Steve on this one. Ray Armistead's handoff was fumbled and dropped to the track. From my own, rather unscientific analysis of the videotape I made of the race, Franks ran somewhere under 43 seconds for his leg.
>I log my entry for Derek Mills in the 1992 NCAA
>in Austin. Hammering past Baylor's Deon Minor
>and Ohio State's Chris Nelloms while holding off
>USC's Quincy Watts to anchor the second fastest
>collegiate time ever (4 or 5 100ths off the best)
>and become one of only two collegiage teams ever
>to fun under 3 minutes.
I remember 1993 Penn Relays. Ohio State v. Georgia Tech. Buckeyes had Robert Smith (Minnesota Vikings), Butler Bi'Note (Buckeye FB) and Chris Nelloms. Mills of GT gets the baton on the anchor, walks Nelloms down on the backstretch and dusts him coming home.
The few times I've been to the Penn Relays have produced the most exciting relay legs I've seen in general. One that wasn't an anchor, but was amazing was in 1983 I believe when Arkansas' 400 runner, Roddie Haley, ran mid 43 on the DMR, and 4 seconds faster than anyone else. It's probably the only time that the 400 runner won the DMR for his team.
For non-Penn Relays, 2 mile relay anchors in the Washington state HS champs stand out, both by Keith Tinner of Lincoln. He was the best ever Northwest 400 runner before Darrell Robinson.
In 1973, Tinner pulled his hamstring during the meet, but Lincoln needed to win the mile relay to win the team title. He got the baton in about 3rd place and took off after the leading team, Clover Park I think. But his wrap came undone in the first turn and he had to hold the wrap in one hand and the baton in the other. He still ran down the other team's anchor.
In 1974, his team gave him the baton a good 20-30 meter down. He just erupted on the backstretch and blew by the other teams to cruise in on the homestretch. The distance he made up in such a short period, and then not to face was amazing.
Tinner went on to run on the UW's NCAA winning 4x400 team.
Of those I've seen live there is one that stands out. Not sure of the year but I remember at a relay carnival back home a certain Devon Morris who had represented Jamaica in Helsinki ran a brilliant anchor leg in the Invitational intercollegiate 4x400, only to be run down by some unknown US collegiate athlete running for Baylor. Everyone in the stadium was astounded. Of course now that we know what that fellow has gone on to achieve, it isn't surprising. Back then no one knew who Michael Johnson was.
I don't remember the year...........but those that were in attendance will remember the thrilling dual between Dedy Cooper and James Lofton in the MR at the Stanford and San Jose State dual meet. Quite thrilling!!!
For me the most thrilling anchor was the 4x4 in Seoul, Flojo vs 400 gold medallist Olga Bryzgina.
Flo just sat behind her round the first bend and through the backstretch and I just kept wondering when she was going to blow by her. It didn't happen but the splits were sizzling, 47.80 for Bryzgina and 48.08 for Flo and the times are still the 2 fastest team times ever.
I remember 1993 Penn Relays. Ohio
>State v. Georgia Tech. Buckeyes had Robert Smith
>(Minnesota Vikings), Butler Bi'Note (Buckeye FB)
>and Chris Nelloms. Mills of GT gets the baton on
>the anchor, walks Nelloms down on the backstretch
>and dusts him coming home.
That was after Nelloms got shot. Now he is doing 40 years in the Ohio penal system for raping a 13 year old. What a waste. I had him in 44.5 on the 1988 anchor mentioned earlier when he was a sophmore in high school.