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25th National Scholastic Indoor Champs

March 14-16, 2008
The New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory, NY NY

Distance Medley

Results | Boys | Girls |

Archbishop Ryan PA boys 10:19.59 (from unseeded section),
Warwick Valley NY girls 11:44.44 #4 all-time

by Matt Soja, DyeStat correspondent

This relay ended in a manner almost unheard of in distance events at the national level. Archbishop Ryan from Philadelphia (above) ran 10:19.59 in the unseeded heat, just edging out Scarsdale, which is quite an impressive time for the "slow" heat, but few expected what unfolded next. The seeded heat was loaded up with several teams with a good shot at the national crown, and what resulted was a very exciting but unfortunately (for them, at least) slightly tactical anchor leg.

With Warwick Valley trying to hold off Shenendehowa, Brookline MA and Jefferson VA, those four teams focused only on each other, forgetting about the clock. And when Purple Wave anchor crossed the finish almost two seconds ahead of Shen, it "looked" like they won the national title. But the clock does not lie. Warwick's 10:19.94 was not enough to best the Pennsylvania team, with the differential of merely 0.35 seconds. It is a shame that Archbishop Ryan and Scarsdale were not in the seeded heat, as that could have resulted in a great 6-way head-to-head battle for the crown, but this proves that not being in the fastest heat does not mean you have no chance to win at the national stage.

Archbishop Ryan's splits were: Phil Celona 3:11.5, Kevin Myslinski 50.5, Kieran Hennessy 2:01.0, and Sean Mallon 4:14.8 (a 4-second PR).

After the race the winners said they "did not expect this at all." Having run only 10:34 this season, they were pleasantly surprised with their huge improvement. Mallon said that watching the seeded heat unfold after their race was "the worst," but after they found out they won by a fraction of a second, they "went crazy and had the best feeling ever." Mallon added that without Scarsdale also running the unseeded heat, Archbishop Ryan probably would not have been able to run faster than the seeded section. He said, "it really came down to us two pushing each other on the anchor, and that helped me out by at least 3 seconds." Next on their plate - DMR on their home turf at Penn Relays.

by Tony Jones, Illinois PrepTopTimes, a DyeStat site

Warwick Valley, RI 11:44.44

Analysis: WV actually trailed in second place going into the 800m portion of the race.  Tori Pennings stormed to a 2:12.4
leg to open a sizable lead.  Warrick anchor Lillian Greibesland (above) did what solid anchors do with a large lead: they don’t relinquish it.  It appeared for a short time the chase pack led by Suffern, Ny, Burnt Hills, and several others would cut into the 10-second lead and challenge.  Unfortunately for them, Greibesland’s 4:54.6 carry negated the 4:54’s by the aforementioned units.



Boys Distance Medley
Sponsored by USATF-Metropolitan
National HS: * 9:59.94 2000 Gloucester HS, Gloucester, MA
J. Palazola, N. Otieno, S. Milne, T. Colangelo
Meet: # 9:59.94 2000 Gloucester, MA
School Finals
1 Ryan Raiders 'A' 10:19.59
2 Warwick Valley 'A' 10:19.94
3 Scarsdale 'A' 10:20.12
4 Shenendehowa 'A' 10:21.79
5 Brookline Track Club 'A' 10:23.42
6 Jefferson S&T 'A' 10:25.28
7 Collegiate School 'A' 10:29.43
8 Half Hollow Hills West 'A' 10:30.80
9 Arlington 'A' 10:30.88
10 Christian Brothers Academy 'A' 10:34.03
11 Shaker 'A' 10:37.35
12 McKee/Staten Island Tech 'A' 10:38.09
13 Metuchen 'A' 10:39.07
14 Iona Prep 'A' 10:39.73
15 Westerly 'A' 10:41.73
16 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 'A' 10:45.72
17 Our Lady of Victory 'A' 10:46.84
18 Xavier 'A' 10:50.82
19 Pike 'A' 10:51.33
20 Glastonbury 'A' 10:51.47
21 Syosset Track Club 'A' 10:52.67
22 Christiansburg 'A' 10:53.07
23 Hunterdon Central 'A' 10:56.61
24 Lake Braddock 'A' 10:56.90
25 Germantown Friends 'A' 10:59.17
26 Franklin 'A' 11:06.27

Girls Distance Medley
Sponsored by USATF-Metropolitan
National HS: * 11:35.43 2004 Mountain View HS, Orem, UT
H. Houle, M. King, AM Harris, H. Magill
Meet: # 11:35.43 2004 Mountain View, UT
School Finals
1 Warwick Valley 'A' 11:44.44
2 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 'A' 11:51.08
3 Suffern 'A' 11:51.78
4 Academy of Holy Names 'A' 11:52.51
5 Immaculate Heart 'A' 11:55.24
6 Shenendehowa 'A' 12:08.10
7 Bronxville 'A' 12:09.67
8 Glastonbury Track Club 'A' 12:21.20
9 La Salle Academy 'A' 12:21.33
10 Westfield 'A' 12:21.47
11 Westerly 'A' 12:25.09
12 Herndon 'A' 12:26.03
13 Tappan Zee 'A' 12:30.71
14 Rockit 'A' 12:32.25
15 Northport TC 'A' 12:33.10
16 Cicero North Syracuse 'A' 12:36.99
17 Niskayuna 'A' 12:37.08
18 Hunterdon Central 'A' 12:37.60
19 Naugatuck 'A' 12:38.52
20 Arlington 'A' 12:44.22
21 North Shore Running Club 'A' 12:44.45
22 Corning 'A' 12:46.88
23 St. John Villa 'A' 12:53.51
24 Lake Braddock 'A' 12:54.13
25 North Quincy 'A' 12:55.09
26 Syracuse Chargers 'A' 13:05.15
27 Darien 'A' 13:17.84
28 Ursuline School 'A' 13:25.24

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