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Tennesse's Freshman Jewel at Penn Relays
Chanelle Price

Chanelle Price

April 27, 2009

By Phil Anastasia
Inquirer Columnist

The crowd, the stage and the stakes were something new for Chanelle Price.

The company was something old: She was alone.

"I'm used to being out by myself," Price said. "I've been doing it for years."

Splendid isolation marked most of Price's races during her career at Easton (Pa.) Area High School. She was a three-time Class AAA state champion, and the Gatorade National Female Athlete of the Year as a senior.

But now she's at Tennessee. And this was the Penn Relays. And her team was going for a rare sweep of the distance events. And there were more than 50,000 spectators yesterday at Franklin Field.

But Price took the baton from Kimarra McDonald and ran away from the field, helping Tennessee to a national-record time of 8 minutes, 17.91 seconds as the Volunteers capped a dominating weekend with a dominating victory in the 4x800 relay.

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