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WATCH: Michigan 4x400m women’s relay team pulls off incredible comeback

After Michigan's lead runner fell on their opening 400m leg, Canada's Savannah Sutherland and Aurora Rynda pulled the team back to win

Photo by: Michigan Photography

I know we are only three weeks into 2023, but this gritty race by Michigan’s women’s 4x400m team at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational Track Meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., last weekend is already being dubbed as the comeback of the year. 

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After a fall by Michigan’s Sophie Isom in the opening 400m of the 4x400m relay, the team found itself 30 seconds behind the field. Although Isom cut up her right shoulder on her fall, she continued, handing the baton off to Savannah Sutherland of Borden, Sask., who split 51 seconds to pull the Michigan women back into contention. 

Sutherland passed on the baton to fellow Canadian and national 600m record holder Aurora Rynda of Toronto, who took back the lead from Ohio State before handing off the baton to the anchor, Ziyah Holman. 


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The Michigan women pulled off the epic comeback to win the race in 3:42.43, seven seconds ahead of Ohio State, who didn’t have a runner fall. 

Rynda and Sutherland are two of Canada’s top up-and-coming middle-distance runners. Both have had strong starts to the 2023 seasons, with Michigan’s Track and Field team going undefeated in their first four races.

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