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Dog Crashes High School Track Meet and Wins Relay Race Paws Down

A four-legged spectator wanted in on the action during a Utah track meet last week. Of course, just joining the relay race wasn’t enough, the overachieving pooch had to nab first place!

Logan High School senior, Gracie Laney, had the final stretch of track all to herself. It looked like she was about to win the final leg of the women’s 4×200 relay race at the Grizzly Invitational track meet in Logan, Utah. But, an unexpected sprinter stole the spotlight.

“At first, I thought it was another runner and I was surprised because we had a pretty good lead,” Laney told KSL. “As it got closer, I thought, ‘That’s too small to be a person.’”

Murray High School junior, Kate Heywood, was warming up for her upcoming race when her family’s dog, Holly, broke loose and headed straight for the track. A skilled sprinter, Holly quickly sped past the fourth, third, and second-place runners. With her eyes on the win, the dog continued sprinting, ultimately taking the lead anchor position just before crossing the finish line—much to the crowd’s amusement.

Holly ran the final 100 meters of the race in only about 10.5 seconds—about 1-second behind Usain Bolt’s world-record speed in the 2009 World Championships.

Though the honorary win went to Holly, the official win still went to Logan High School with a time of 1 minute, 59.27 seconds.


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