Wright on Track to Greatness

May 1, 2009

By Will Woodbery
Chattanooga Times Free Press

KNOXVILLE -- Overcome by fatigue, Phoebe Wright crossed the finish line and got sick.

The then-Tennessee freshman had challenged Michigan's Anna Willard, a future U.S. Olympic team member, in the third leg of the women's 4X800-meter relay before Willard pulled away in front of a crowd of 46,000 at the 2007 Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Willard and the Wolverines went on to win the relay that day.

But Wright who felt victorious.

"I wasn't scared to hang on to (Willard) as long as possible and give her a run for her money," recalled Wright, now a UT junior whose curly red hair blends seamlessly with her orange uniform.

"That was the hardest I've ever run. But having done that, I know where my limit is. I know what it feels like to put it all out there."

The gutsy display was a breakout performance for the Signal Mountain resident who went to Red Bank High School.

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