USC’s women’s track and field team won the NCAA title over the weekend, thanks to an unbelievably thrilling finish in the 4×400-meter relay final. Those same four women found themselves on a different roundabout path on Wednesday, back in their home city of Los Angeles.
Trojans runners Kendall Ellis, Kyra Constantine, Anna Cockrell and Deanna Hill took the field at Dodger Stadium ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers/Texas Rangers game Wednesday to throw out the first pitch in a new fashion: By relaying the ball around the basepaths in the same order as their 4×400 relay team won the national championship.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 14, 2018
What an honor it was to "throw" out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium tonight!
— USC Track & Field (@USC_Track_Field) June 14, 2018
TOTALLY SURREAL to announce the @Dodgers first pitch tonight to celebrate @USC_Track_Field NCAA Women’s Championship 4×400 relay team! Congrats ladies. Just Awesome! #NCAATF #usc #dodgers #fighton #bucketlist pic.twitter.com/HxaPmCJoJy
— Jill Montgomery (@Jill_Montgomery) June 14, 2018
Wearing jerseys with numbers to designate their place in the relay team’s order, the four Trojans each ran 90 feet, handing off the baseball at each base. Of course, it was Ellis who ran the anchor leg of the much shorter journey, going from third to home, where she placed the ball in the glove of Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.
In case you didn’t catch college track’s greatest finish in quite some time, here’s a refresher below:
This gets us every time.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) June 14, 2018