The first relay following the individual running events is the distance medley. The defending champion, Texas, is entered here this year. Obviously any other team will have to contend with Leonel Manzano (Texas’ very fast anchor).
We have had 56 distance medley championships, and 37 of them have been won by Villanova and Arkansas. Texas, Villanova, Stanford, and Michigan are our top teams. Texas is going for their 3rd straight victory.
Stanford leads at the first hand-off with a 2:56 leadoff. Their anchor will be Russell Brown.
At the 2nd exchange, Texas has passed 2 teams into 2nd and is trailing Stanford. Villanova is in 3rd.
Texas moves into the lead with Jacob Hernandez on the 800 but Stanford is hanging tough. Dartmouth is making up ground on Villanova.
3rd exchange, Texas by a few yards.
With 3 to go, the pack is closing the gap on the first two. We’ve seen this in previous years where the group tightens up in the 1600 . . . . . Sean Quigley of LaSalle and Max Smith of Providence have brought their teams back as well.
500 to go, and we are back where we started. 10 teams are in the hunt.
WIth 300 to go, Bobby Curtis, Russell Brown and Leonel Manzano took off very quickly. Manzano ran a 54.5 final 400 to hold off Russell Brown. 9:32.89 for Texas, and 9:33.16 for Stanford.
Results and splits can be found here.