Canyon Country’s Allyson Felix and her USA teammates shattered a 27-year-old world record when they crossed the finish line in London Friday to win gold in the 4×100-meter relay.
In fact, so enduring was the old record that the country that set it no longer exists. The USA women’s time of 40.82 was more than half a second better than the the mark of 41.37 set by East Germany in 1985.
Friday’s runner-up, Jamaica, set a national record at 41.41 – and it wasn’t close.
“It is a relief, it is a joy, it is everything,” Felix, 26, said in a post-event interview with the International Olympic Committee.
“That was the most thrilling experience ever,” she told NBC.
Felix ran the second leg of the race, which was led off for the U.S. by Tianna Madison. Felix passed the baton flawlessly to Bianca Knight, and anchor Carmelia Jeter knew her team had demolished the world record before she even crossed the finish line.
“In the warm up area, I went up to Allyson and said that we were probably going to get the world record,” Knight told U.S. Olympic Committee correspondent Jeffrey Lowe. “I didn’t know we’d do it. I was actually joking, because we did run so fast in the heat.”
They did it through solid teamwork – from a group of women who are accustomed to competing against one another.
“We went into this race the most comfortable I have seen this team,” said Jeter. “We were laughing and smiling. We have never been like that.”
It was the first time the United States won the event since 1996.
For Felix it was the second gold medal of the London Games. She took her first individual Olympic gold Wednesday when she won the 200m sprint.
You’re invited to attend the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library “Half-Price Huge Book Sale” event at the Valencia Library on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a chance to discover some great summer reads at a bargain price.
College of the Canyons is the only community college selected to participate in the Bringing Theory to Practice’s (BTtoP) Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators (PLACE) initiative, a collaborative network of academic-community partnerships focused on civic-engagement and public-humanities work.
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a Heat Advisory for Wednesday, July 24, as high temperatures (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) have been forecast for the following areas:
- Santa Clarita Valley
- San Fernando Valley
- San Gabriel Valley
Veronica Alvarez, Ed.D., began her tenure last week as CalArts' new director of the Community Arts Partnership Program, or CAP, which offers free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth ages 4-18.
The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation is offering a new jobs resource for SCV companies -- LiveWorkSCV.com, a comprehensive, highly visible job board that matches SCV career opportunities with SCV residents who want a job closer to home.
Tickets are on sale and sponsorships are still available for the nonprofit WiSH Foundation's fifth annual "Cocktails on the Roof" fundraiser for Hart District schools at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall on Friday, Sept. 6.
Amar A. Singh, a Los Angeles man, was arrested Friday on suspicion of child cruelty for allegedly kicking the 2-year-old son of his friends while attending a party at the couple's Canyon Country residence.
The city of Santa Clarita and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will co-host a pair of advanced Smart Gardening Workshops at two local Santa Clarita Library branches in August and September.