PHILADELPHIA - Three years ago today, August 25, former Quaker Sam Burley C'03, CGS'06, was a part of the American record-setting 4x800-meter relay. Burley ran the third leg for the United States at the Memorial Van Damme meet in Brussels, Belgium on August 25, 2006.
Burley and the Americans also topped the 24-year-old World Record that day, but finished second to Kenya (7:02.43). Jebreh Harris ran the lead leg, followed by Khadevis Robinson who handed off to Burley. David Krummenacker was the anchor leg that day, crossing the finish line at 7:02.82.
The former Quaker ran a split of 1:46.02 as the squad toppled the old American mark of 7:06.5 by Santa Monica TC in 1986.
Burley, a native of Cheyenne, Wyo., graduated from the College in 2003 and earned a Masters degree from Penn in 2006. He, along with former teammate Brian Chaput, are the last two Quakers to claim NCAA titles as both completed the feat in 2003. Burley was the NCAA champion in the 800 meters and Chaput in the javelin. Burley was a four-time individual heptagonal champion and still holds the school records in the indoor and outdoor 800 meters.
To see the full Penn Athletics release from the event in 2006, click here