Category Archives: 4×800

High School Girls 4×800 Heats

The four sections of the high school girls’ 4×800 are over and Jamaica’s Edwin Allen flirted with running sub-nine, before settling in at 9:01.

Official qualifiers are here. Magnifcat of Ohio was the final qualifier with a 9:17.  Many of these teams have run under nine minutes, including Edwin Allen.

Kim Mackay of Kellenberg Memorial (Uniondale, NY) had the fastest split of the morning, 2:10.1, to anchor her team’s 9:15.21 (the ninth best time out of the heats). Brittney Jackson (2:11.4 anchor) and Ty Vonna Johnson (2:12.4 leadoff) had the day’s second and third best carries, helping Columbia (Maplewood, NJ) to a 9:11.47, seventh fastest time overall.

High School Distance Relays Set


As of Sunday, the complete field for the high school portion of the Penn Relays has been completed and the latest events, the 4×800-meter and distance medley relays for both boys and girls, are online (click here).

Actually, the schedule for the entire Carnival is nearly complete and it should be online tonight. The countdown is upon us. We hope you are ready.

High School Boys Athlete of the Meet for Relays

Not surprisingly, our high school boys athlete of the meet for relays is Anthony Kestelac, the anchor of the national record setting boys 4×800.  Kestelac ran a 1:49.3, which is 4th fastest all time.

For those trivia buffs out there, the national record in the 4×800 has been set at the Penn Relays before . . . . . but in 1921.  88 years ago, Cedar Rapids (IA) set the record with an 8:25.4, almost 50 seconds slower.

2009 College Men’s 4×800 Championship

Jacob Hernandez takes the baton for Texas (Photo by Han Nguyen)

Jacob Hernandez takes the baton for Texas (Photo by Han Nguyen)

Our next championship is the college men’s 4×800, always a great race.

We have a number of teams in it at the first exchange, including Arkansas and Texas.  Arkansas led unofficially in 1:50.

Penn State moves into the lead during the 2nd leg; we have a very big group.

Second exchange includes Arkansas and Texas again, with Coppin State (MD), Georgetown, and Penn State.  These five schools are all together on the third leg.

At the final exchange, we still have all five teams, with Penn State in the lead.  One lap to go, its Penn State and Texas.  Jacob Hernandez of Texas takes over the lead.

We have Texas winning, with Liam Poylan-Bett of Georgetown charging hard for 2nd.  Hernandez successfully defends his title with a 1:46 split.  The winning time was 7:16, the fastest winning time in 5 years.

High School Boys 4×800 Championship

The Albemarle boys enjoy a Franklin Field victory lap. Photo by Han Nguyen

The Albemarle boys enjoy a Franklin Field victory lap. Photo by Han Nguyen

Bellefield Comprehensive of Jamaica opened up an early lead, but by the second exchange Zach Vrohvac had put Albemarle in front. Sean Pohorence of Morris Hills moved into the lead for the last handoff. Jamaica College’s Waquar Decosta briefly caught the two leaders, but was left behind with 200 to go.  Anthony Kostelac showed some wheels down the stretch to pull away from Morris Hills’ Liam Tansey, giving Albemarle the victory, 7:30.67 to 7:31.60 — both teams under the national high school record. Previous record — 7:32.89 — was set in 2002 by Auburn HS (WA).

Check out these splits: Garrett Bradley (1:55.43), Zach Vrhovac (1:50.57), Luke Noble (1:55.34), Anthony Kostelac (1:49.33)

Results are here.

2009 College Women’s 4×800 Championship

The Lady Vols take their third victory lap of the week. Photo by Han Nguyen

The Lady Vols take their third victory lap of the week

Quickly, we move to our next championship, the college women’s 4×800.  Tennessee is looking for the big distance sweep of DMR, 4×1500, and 4×800.  We saw Tennessee win the 4×1500 in a world best time yesterday.

At the first exchange, its Tennessee in 2:08.9, with Kim McDonald passing to Chanelle Price.  University of Maryland-Eastern Shore is in a surprisingly 2nd.

Price drops a 2:02.6 (!) and opens up a huge lead at the 2nd exchange.  They have about 80 meters on the field.

Sarah Bowman runs an unofficially 2:03, leaving anchor Phoebe Wright to run another 2:03 to have a shot at the collegiate record of 8:18 – set by Michigan 2 years ago at the Penn Relays. Spurred on by the announcer and the crowd Wright really gutted it out through the line in 8:17.91 – A NEW AMERICAN and COLLEGIATE RECORD! And a victory by nearly 20 seconds! Results.

The splits = Kimarra McDonald (2:09.14), Chanelle Price (2:02.45), Sarah Bowman (2:03.70), Phoebe Wright (2:02.62)

High School 4×800 Girls Championship

Our first championship of the day, the High School Girls 4×800, is on the track.  There are a number of Jamaican teams that have run very fast times in this race, even if the qualifying times from yesterday’s cold start do not reflect it.

Manchester (JA) leads after one exchange in 2:14, with Edwin Allen right behind (JA).

Now Edwin Allen moves into the lead at the 2nd exchange, followed by Holmwood Tech (JA).  Columbia (MD) is our top American team at this moment.

Holmwood Tech brings a 40 meter lead into the last exchange, buoyed by a 2:07 split on the 3rd leg.  One to go, and Edwin Allen recaptures the lead.

Edwin Allen wins in 8:44.06, which is #4 All-Time !  Holmwood is 2nd in 8:47, Manchester 3rd in 8:52.  A 1-2-3 Jamaican sweep today in the girls 4×800.

Results are here.

High School Boys 4×800 Splits

Our top splits of the day from the 4×800 this morning . . . this lists all of the boys under 1:56.

1 – T. Livingston, Great Neck South (NY) 1:53.4, 2 – L. Tansey, Morris Hills (NJ) 1:53.7, 3 – M. Gonzalez, Lawrenceville (NJ) 1:54.4, 4 – X. Fraction, Washington Township (NJ) 1:54.5, 5 – K. Moran, Arlington (PA) 1:54.6, 6 – D. Zaccaviello, St. Joe By the Sea (NY) 1:54.6, 7 – K. Campbell, Bellefield (JA) 1:54.9, 8 – A. Kostelac, Albermarle (VA) 1:55.2, 9 – S. Halpin, Iona Prep 1:55.3, 10 – A. Ghobvial, Pine Bush (NY) 1:55.4, 11 – B. Ledder, Gonzaga (DC) 1:55.7, Odwayne Marsh, Calabar (JA), 1:55.8

High School Boys 4×800 Heats

Calabar had a slight lead at the final exchange, but Albemarle pulled away to win heat 3

Calabar had a slight lead at the final exchange, but Albemarle pulled away to win heat 3

Our first relay of the day is the high school boys 4×800.

We’ll have 4 heats, taking the Top 12 to the finals tomorrow.

Heat 1: 2nd exchange, Bellefield Comprehensive (JA) followed by Lawrenceville (NJ).  Bellefield leads by about 40 meters.  Great Neck South (NY) makes a great move to take the lead at the final exchange in 5:54, followed by Lawrenceville.

Lawrenceville has a very strong anchor to win in 7:49, with Bellefield following in 7:53 and Henderson in 7:54.

Heat 2:  Morris Hills leads at the first exchange; they were 2nd at Nike Indoor Nationals.  They still lead at the 2nd exchange, with Christiana (DE) in 2nd place.  Morris Hills is still in front in 5:53, with Christiana . . . . they are way in front of this heat.

Morris Hills wins by a large margin in 7:47, with Phoenixville catching Christiana in 8:01.

Heat 3: This heat has Albermarle (VA), the best distance HS relay team in the country (they the won the 4×800 indoors in a new record 7:39), as well as two reliable schools from Jamaica (Kingston College and Calabar).  Not surprisingly, Albermarle leads after the first exchange.  Calabar (JA) has a good 2nd leg, taking the slight lead over Albermarle, followed by Transit Tech (NY) and New Rochelle (NY).  9 teams in this heat have run under 8:00 this year.  The two teams are side by side at the last exchange, 5:54.

Albermarle wins in 7:49, Calabar, 7:51, Abington (PA), 7:52, North Penn (PA), 7:54.

Heat 4:  This heat is just as strong as #3, with 9 teams under 8:00 this year.  We have a very tight group after one exchange.  Jamaica College is in the lead at the 2nd exchange with Half Hollow Hills West (NY) and Central Bucks South (PA) right behind.  Central Bucks South leads by a hair over Jamaica College and Washington Township (NJ) at the final exchange.  Buoyed by an excellent anchor, Washington Township wins in 7:49, with Central Bucks South 2nd in 7:51.  Jamaica College was 3rd in 7:54.

Both the 3rd and 4th heats had 10 teams under 8:00 (!).