Global Athletics was kind enough to let Milesplit include video coverage of both relays...
The junior festivities got underway with the Girls High School 4x400 meter relay, an event that pits five New York State teams against five New England teams. It appeared early on that Lexington TC was going to run away with it when Robin Gross's blazing lead leg gave them the pole, a position they held through three legs. Kellenberg TC of Uniondale, NY had ideas other than letting Lexington run away from them, as Jasmine Fray, a 2:10 half-miler in her own right, used a 55-second anchor split to outlean Camilla Isern, 4:02.14 to 4:02.39. Ursuline TC used Amy Piccolo's anchor speed to close on the leaders, finishing in 3rd in 4:02.59, just ahead of state-mates Mansfield and King Philip in 4th and 5th.
The boys were given a similar task, but a 4x800 would settle the territorial bragging rights. This time, the New York schools separated from the field almost immediately, with Saint A's TC, SJB Elite, and Flyers TC opening with incredible splits well under 2:00. They would continue to battle through every leg, never really changing places, but always staying in contact with one another, and distancing themselves from the rest of a strong field. St. A's never really took on a challenge over the final leg, winning with an impressive time of 7:51.98, just ahead of SJB Elite in 7:53.29 and Flyers TC in 7:54.12. In fact, it would be only 5th place that Massachusetts could muster, a strong effort from Lowell TC, thanks in part to a 1:57 anchor split from Pat Coppinger, keeping them ahead of Brookline, despite Sam Burrington's 1:57 anchor split of his own. These two will almost certainly meet again, with divisionals and All States just around the corner.
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