Everett ran third. His thighs were tight and strangely numb. "I think I over-iced them," he said. But he has technique to call on when raw muscle is unwilling. He held on to run 45.3.
Thomas anchored. He sprinted nearly all-out, wind-be-damned, and had four expensive yards on Mark Everett of Florida after 200. Then he had to hold on and pay. With low, driving arms, he maintained his form, finishing in 45.2 for a winning 2:59.91.
"They can run faster," said Smith. "But they had to break that record to win the race. That's what I love about these four very different characters. I know they'll always give a good account of themselves." He paused, styling the perfect phrase. "The guys just have savoir faire."