Alexis Holmes ’18 helped the United States win a gold medal and break a U20 world record in the 4×400 relay at the Pan-Am Games on July 20 in Costa Rica.

Holmes and her teammates finished the race in 3:24.04, more than 3 seconds faster than the previous record set in 2004. Holmes also placed second in the 400m.

After making an immediate impact as a freshman at Penn State, Holmes recently transferred to Kentucky. While at Penn State, Holmes won the 400m at the Big Ten Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships earlier this year and was named the conference’s freshman of the year. Her time of 52.14 was a school record. She followed with a fourth-place finish in the event at the NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships and her time of 52.37 was the best among freshmen. She was also the only freshman to earn All-American honors.

At Cheshire Academy, Holmes earned Gatorade Connecticut Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors, a first in school history. She set multiple meet records at the NEPSAC Division III outdoor championships and went on to set a meet record in the 400 at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals with a time of 51.21, the 7th fastest in U.S. history. Holmes was Cheshire Academy’s first female to sign with a Division I track and field program.

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