Layne again leads USA to gold

SAO PAULO, Brazil — She was not originally listed among those in the U.S. 4x100m relay pool, but after striking gold in the 100m dash Friday in 11.24 seconds, Tennessee's Lynne Layne could not be overlooked.

The Lady Vol rookie answered the call for the Red, White and Blue again Sunday, anchoring the Americans to victory at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.

Taking the baton after turns from Kenyanna Wilson, Shataya Hendricks and Madison McNarry, Layne carried the stick down the home stretch and triumphantly crossed the finish line in 43.71 seconds to hold off runner-up Brazil (43.98). The effort marked the 20th medal of the day and the 48th of the three-day competition for Team USA.

Layne, who hails from New Rochelle, N.Y., matched a 2005 victory double recorded by a Big Orange teammate. Cleo Tyson, who just completed her junior season, also pulled off a win in the 100m dash and with the U.S. 4x100m relay two seasons ago in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

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