Chanelle Price, Dee Dee Trotter help U.S. win Golden Baton

Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel
Former University of Tennessee track star Chanelle Price won the women’s 800 meters at the world indoor championships in Poland on March 9.

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Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel Former University of Tennessee track star Chanelle Price won the women’s 800 meters at the world indoor championships in Poland on March 9.

Team USA was awarded the Golden Baton after winning five relays — four by the women and one by the men — at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas, on Sunday night.

Former Tennessee standout Chanelle Price, who trains in Knoxville, helped the U.S. women set an American Record to win the 4x800 meter relay in 8 minutes, 01.58 seconds and upset favored Kenya. Price, who won the World Indoor title in the 800 on March 9, helped the U.S. get off to a fast start at 2:01.0.

“I kind of thought about World Indoor race in my head before this race, truthfully,” Price told USA Track and Field. “I knew I wanted to get out in front and just run against the clock. I knew those girls would chase me and I just wanted to set a tone for the team. That was my job, to start strong and make them come after me and I think I did that.”

Former UT standout Dee Dee Trotter ran 50.7 on the first leg for the lead at the exchange in the women’s 4x400. Team USA won in a world-leading 3:21.69.

“Yesterday I think we confident although I was a little bit leery,” said Trotter. “I haven’t run many quarters this year, so I was skeptical. But I went out there and put my heart on the line and then I came back today and knew that I could do more. I went out harder today and I wanted to break the stagger on the rest of the field and I was able to do that and put us in the lead. It was a really good race for me and I feel very good about what this means for the rest of my season.”

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