This weekend the NCAA held their 2018 Outdoor Track and Field national championships and there was an epic finish to one of the races.

<p.“You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to get it done.”

That’s what USC head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert said she told her team ahead of the final day of the NCAA Track & Field Championships. The Trojans bounced in and out contention for the team title and, in true dramatic track & field fashion, the title came down to the final event of the day, the 4x400-meter relay.

Georgia was up nine points on second-place USC. Georgia didn’t have a team in the 4x400m, but USC did. First place earns your team 10 points, so the Trojans needed to win to win the title.

Good thing Gilbert reminded her team that they didn’t need perfect execution, because an imperfect handoff to the fourth and final leg of the race had the potential to derail USC’s national title dreams. Anchor leg Kendall Ellis, a senior, kept her cool, grabbed the stick, and ran down Purdue in epic fashion to earn her team the national title. The Trojans finished seven-hundredths of a second in front of the Boilermakers in a season-best 3 minutes, 27.06 seconds.