CLEVELAND, Ohio – Stow native Treniere (Clement) Moser led off a world-record smashing U.S. victory in the distance medley with Sanya Richards-Ross, Ajee’ Wilson and Shannon Rowbury at the 2015 IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas on Saturday.
Euclid’s Jessica Beard won a gold medal as part of the 4×400 relay qualifying team, and Elyria’s Tianna (Madison) Bartoletta claimed a silver in the 4×100.
The United States’ distance medley time of 10:36.50 crushed the IAAF’s previously listed record of 10:48.38, run by Villanova in 1988. It beat the fastest-ever time of 10:42.57, set indoors at Boston in February by a U.S. team that included Cleveland native Mahogany Jones.
Moser opened the six-nation race with the 1,200-meter leg in 3:18.38. Richards-Ross gave the U.S. the lead for good on her 400 leg (50.12). Wilson followed in the 800 (2:00.08) and Rowbury cruised in the 1,600 (4:29.92) to finish nearly seven seconds ahead of Kenya.
“I just wanted to get us in good position for Sanya to get the baton and I knew what the other ladies could do.”
“My coach, Alberto (Salazar), had prepared me for the pace,” Moser told reporters in the Bahamas. “We didn’t talk about time, but just racing. So don’t focus on the time, but just racing and competing and getting the job done. I just wanted to get us in good position for Sanya to get the baton and I knew what the other ladies could do, so it was about me setting a good tone.”
Moser, 33, is a 10-time national champion in the 1,500. She lives and trains in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Stow High School in 2000.
Beard wins gold: Beard ran in the qualifying heat of 4×400, but was not in the final team that won the event. She still earns a gold medal. Beard’s split of 51.42 helped the U.S. run what was a world-best this season (3:24.05).
In the final, Beard and DeeDee Trotter were replaced by Sanya Richards-Ross and Francena McCorory, who along with Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis set a meet record with an eye-opening time of 3:19.39.
Bartoletta takes silver: In the 4×100, Jamaica’s Simone Facey got her team out to the early lead against Bartoletta. Allyson Felix and Kimberlyn Duncan followed in the lead, but Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown caught Carmelita Jeter for the victory in 42.14, with the U.S. second in 42.32.
Bartoletta and Felix were part of the 2012 Olympic gold-medal relay that set the world record (40.82).