PHILADELPHIAFormer University of Pennsylvania track and field standout Sam Burley (1999-2003) ran the third leg of the United States 4x800 relay race at the Memorial Van Damme meet in Brussels, Belgium on August 25.
Burley and the American team registered a time of 7:02.82 breaking the long-standing world record run by a British team in 1982 of 7:03.89 and also setting the American record, crushing the previous mark of 7:06.5 set in 1986.
The irony of breaking the world record was that the Americans still came in second place to the Kenyan squad which won the race with a time of 7:02.43 to set the new standard.
The American team was comprised of Burley, Jebreh Harris, Khadevis Robinson and anchor David Krummenacker. Burley’s split was 1:46.02.
A native of Cheyenne, Wyo., Burley was the 2003 NCAA champion at 800 meters as a senior at Penn. He also claimed the 2003 Heptagonal Indoor 1,000 and Outdoor 800 and 1,500 titles and holds the top Penn times in both the indoor and outdoor 800 meters.