What Does It Take To Run A Great 4x400: Team Depth At 300m Or 500m

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Final Conclusions

After compiling all of that data, we've come to a few conclusions

1. 500m Depth Isn't As Common With Girls, But More Telling Overall 

Competing up or down in distance was easier to analyze in the girls field. There was an immediate correlation between how teams competed up in the 500m, like Franklin, and how it impacted their 4x400 squads. 

2. Success At 300m Doesn't Mean Immediate Success At 400m For Boys

Bullis is a dominant squad with the second-best 300m runner in the country, but the old axiom "it takes more than one runner to win a relay" holds true here. Bullis has had trouble in over-distance, and if it shores up that area, expect this team to flourish. 

3. Competition Is The Biggest Key

On the boys side, Saint Joseph's Prep was ranked 137th in depth in the 300m but had the second-best 4x400 team indoors. Where the program is flourishing is on the line, and it's competing hard. Western Branch's girls, meanwhile, are in the top five at both the 300m and 500m distances but haven't been able to put together their best 4x400 just yet. Competition, however, could get them there, so expect to see the squad competing with Bullis at the top soon enough. 

Boys 300m Analysis - Girls 300 Analysis - Boys 500m Analysis - Girls 500 Analysis - Final Conclusions