There's a reason why the girls 4x800 national record has remained almost untouchable for the past decade.
In order to even approach Greenbelt Roosevelt (MD) High's top all-time prep effort of 8:43.12, teams from around the country will need to find four athletes with the ability to run somewhere in the range of 2:05, 2:10, and 2:15.
Track has become a numbers game. Training has been refined and scrupled over the years, which has led to increased record-breaking and an ability for athletes to get faster at a younger age. But there's also a quality in relays that annually remains difficult to answer. How fast can you make your team as a group? How many runners can you count on, and which runners will you need to make up for?
Currently, California's Great Oak would have to cut 37 seconds to even sniff the record. The Wolfpack ran the US No. 1 time this past weekend in Redondo in 9:20.11.
Some of the hardest records to break will always remain the relays. Over the past eight seasons, the girls 4x800 relay has found a sweet spot in the national rankings, sitting somewhere in the range of 8:50.58-8:59.03.
Two seasons ago, Shenendehowa (NY) became the fastest team in five seasons to run 8:50.58, but history says teams change drastically from year-to-year and rarely remain the same. In 2017, in fact, just a year after that effort the Shen girls ran 9:07.71 at their Section 2 state qualifier. It remained their best time on the season.
Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) had a three-year stretch from 2009-2011 where it found itself in the top five of the national leaderboard -- last year it finished US No. 5 again.
What will 2018 bring us? Check in the slides to follow to find our current leaders in the girls 4x800, and then leaders from the March, April, May, and June of last year. Vote in the poll above, and comment to us know who you think might break the record.