Collegiate Record: Kentucky Wins All-Time 4×400 Race

Take three minutes and 21.93 seconds of your time and watch this.

We said 3:21.93, because that’s all the time it took Kentucky to win the Women’s 4×400 Relay at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday night and break the not-even-one-year-old collegiate record of 3:22.34 set by Texas A&M last year in Eugene, Oregon. Not only that, but the Wildcats are now the 17th-fastest foursome in world history.

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Women’s 4×400 All-Time Collegiate List

Take a look at their splits: Karimah Davis and Dajour Miles combined to cover two laps in 1:43.56; Abby Steiner, who clocked the sixth-fastest mark in collegiate history over 200 meters less than two hours earlier (22.07), ripped off a 48.8 split; and then Alexis Holmes brought Kentucky across the finish line first and into the record book with her 49.6 anchor.

The Wildcats couldn’t have run much slower and still won, because Texas A&M and Arkansas were hot on their heels. Just 0.08 seconds behind with the second-fastest performance in collegiate history were the Aggies at 3:22.01 and then 0.62 seconds back with the fourth-fastest mark in collegiate history were the Razorbacks 3:22.55. Both Kentucky and Texas A&M went under the former collegiate record with Arkansas not far off.

Fast doesn’t even begin to describe what happened on Saturday night.

Three women turned in splits faster than 49 seconds: Razorback anchor Britton Wilson at 48.6; Steiner at the aforementioned 48.8; and Aggie anchor Charokee Young at 48.9. Both Wilson and Steiner turned in faster splits than Athing Mu last year in Texas A&M’s original record-breaking effort and Mu clocked what was the fastest split in collegiate history (We should mention that Wilson’s jaw-dropping carry came after she became the first woman in SEC history to win both the open 400 and the 400-meter hurdles at the same championship meet – with all-time top-10 marks, mind you).

Any guesses as to what these teams will do at the upcoming 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the reimagined Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, from June 8-11? Don’t forget that they’ll Texas – the fourth-fastest program with the fifth-fastest performance in collegiate history of 3:22.94 – into the mix as well.