PHILADELPHIA, PA — Columbia High School’s Olivia Baker ran the fastest split time for a high school girl in the history of the Penn Relays to lead CHS to victory in the Championship of America. Columbia was in third place at the start of the final leg of the relay race when Baker took the baton and proceeded to run down the leaders and overtake them in the final 100 meters for the dramatic victory.
Baker’s individual split time of 2:02.55 in her 800 meters broke the Penn Relays high school girls’ record, while Columbia’s combined time of 8:45.37 set a New Jersey record and was the second-fastest time ever in the United States.
Coach Lisa Morgan and teammates Aigner Bobbitt, Imani Coleman and Emilie Cowan greeted Baker at the finish line.
"Last year’s 4x800 race here was the greatest moment of my career until today," Baker told the Star-Ledger. "When I heard I had run 2:02.55, I couldn’t believe it. To run the fastest split ever at a meet with this much history is such an honor. This is my greatest day ever. Magical things happen at the Penn Relays. And today was a magical day."