Virginia HS Alum Lead Off, Win Gold

Closing out the Olympic track events was the mens 4x400m relay. For the second time in a row and 8th time in the last 10 Olympics, Team USA has won gold. This time it was a pair of Virginians leading the way both in the qualifying and finals to help them win gold. 

Up first was Trevor Stewart (South County) who led off the 4x4 in the prelims. He is photographed above handing off to his North Carolina A&T teammate Randolph Ross. Thanks to their strong effort, Team USA earned the top seed and lane draw in the finals. 

In the finals it was Michael Cherry (Oscar Smith) doing what he does best, running very fast. His split was one of the fastest of the race and helped get Team USA out in front. Ultimately they crossed the line in 2:55.70 which ranks 4th all-time in the world. 

Cherry also was the highest finisher for the American team in the open 400 with his 4th place, 44.21 finish. He was just .02 seconds away from the bronze medal in the open. 

Stewart also ran on the bronze medal winning mixed 4x4 earlier in the week.