Breaking 9 Minutes In The Girls 4x800 Is No Easy Task

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Breaking nine minutes in the girls 4x800 relay is no easy task.

Over the last four years nationally, it's been done very few times and in 2017 no team has accomplished the feat. Last week at the Arcadia Invitational, Chandler (Az.) High put together the strongest effort so far, pushing for a top time of 9:07.38, but it's still quite some time away from the Clifton Park Shenendehowa (NY) High girls of last year, who ran a nation-best time of 8:50.58. 

In fact, it's been nearly 10 years since a national record went down in this event. In 2008, Greenbelt Roosevelt (Md.) High went 8:43.12 at the Penn Relays to set the standard. 

The only team that's come close in the last four years was Columbia (NJ) High, which ran 8:45.37 in 2014. 

Nine teams broke the 9 minute barrier a year ago, six broke it in 2015, nine did it in 2014 and just two accomplished the feat in 2013. 

The question may not be whether anyone breaks sub-9 this season, but perhaps how many teams? There's still a lot of racing left to do. In the slideshow below, check out national lists over the last four years  in the girls 4x800m relay. 

2017 l 2016 l 2015 l 2014 l 2013