AUSTIN (April 3) – The Georgia Bulldogs men’s 4×400-meter relay team smashed the meet record during the 2023 Texas Relays on Saturday, April 1, with a time of 2:58.82, which is the second-fastest finish in collegiate track and field history. The men’s 4x400m relay record was one of three for Georgia on the fourth day of the Relays in Austin.
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Elija Godwin ran the first leg in 46.50 seconds, followed by Matthew Boling with a time of 44.60 seconds on the second leg. Caleb Cavanaugh completed the third leg in 45.53 seconds, and Will Sumner anchored the team with a time of 44.80 seconds to break the meet record (3:00.23), set in 2021. – Read more: Masai Russell breaks collegiate record in women’s 100m Hurdles at Texas Relays
The time also bettered the Georgia school record (3:02.10), set in 2022 as the SEC outfits became the No. 2 all-time collegiate performer. Their time of 2:58.82 is second only to the collegiate record of 2:58.53 set by Florida last year.
Sumner collected the baton in front on the final leg but was passed by the Alabama and UCLA anchor leg runners. However, the star freshman fought his way back into the lead on the homestretch to secure the victory.
More School Records For Georgia At Texas Relays
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs quartet of Keshaun Black, Boling, Godwin, and Christopher Morales Williams set another meet record earlier in the day.
The team posted a time of 1:20.22 in the 4×200-meter relay, becoming the No. 3 all-time collegiate performer with the No. 6 all-time collegiate performance, improving on the meet record of 1:20.45 set by LSU in 2011.
Elsewhere at the 2023 Texas Relays last weekend, the Lady Bulldog 4x400m relay team also set a school record as the squad of Aaliyah Butler, Zoe Pollock, Dominique Mustin, and Haley Tate combined to clock 3:31.35, beating the previous program record of 3:33.83 set at the 1999 SEC Championships.
However, Georgia finished fifth in the event behind the champion Texas team that posted a time of 3:23.27 to secure the win.