Brenda Martinez and Sydney McLaughlin complete the four-person relay team
by John Meyer, The Denver Post
A pair of Colorado Olympians who made history at the Rio Olympics last summer will team with two other American track stars Saturday in an attempt to break the indoor world record in the distance medley relay.
Former University of Colorado runners Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn, both of whom became the first American women to win medals in their respective events last August, will be joined by teen sensation Sydney McLaughlin and world championships medalist Brenda Martinez hoping to break the DMR record at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet in Boston. Coburn took bronze in the steeplechase in Rio. Simpson took bronze in the 1,500 meters the next day.
The distance medley relay consists of a 1,200 meters — which Coburn will run — followed by a 400 (McLaughlin), an 800 (Martinez) and a 1,600 (Simpson). All are New Balance athletes.
“I just want to emphasize how special it is when you’re in such an individually competitive sport and how unusual it is for four women to come together and say, ‘We really want to work toward something together,’” Simpson said. “I feel so fortunate to be part of that. Especially the timing, with what our country is going through, there are some things that can get people down. I just think this is a really bright spot and it really shows the best of what Emma is all about, what Brenda is about, what Sydney’s about and what Jenny’s about — the four of us coming together and doing something really, really hard together.”