"In the last 100 I was exhausted. I felt like I wasn't running," said Favor. "But there's something inside that makes you go."
"She's fearless," said Rainey. "That's the difference between Suzy and someone who just wins sometimes."
The next evening's 1,500 amounted to business as usual. Taking the lead at 800 meters, Favor easily held off a challenge by Jones—whose two runner-up finishes to Favor gave her a pretty fair double of her own—before pulling away to win in 4:08.26. That mark broke the meet record of 4:09.85 that Favor had set in 1987.
"She can still be a lot better," said Tegen at the end of the meet, as he watched Favor in the infield with her teammates, holding Wisconsin's third-place team trophy aloft. "She has not had the opportunity to run the perfect race yet."
Maybe. But until she does, Friday night's will do just fine.