For The Record: Cuthbertson Is Getting Ready For Penn Relays

Six is the number. 

A total of six high school girls teams have broken nine minutes in the 4x800 all-time at the Penn Relays. 

And no team has done it since 2018. 

But if Cuthbertson has anything to say about it in 2022, the North Carolina squad might add their name to the list of all-time great squads. 

In April, the Cavaliers will travel to Franklin Field to pursue that very task. 

"Knowing the history of the race and seeing how competitive it's been over the last couple of years, we're really excited to be able to step out there and race other extremely competitive teams," Cuthbertson junior Alyssa Preisano said. "It's an honor to be invited and obviously race as hard as possible and do our best.

But if it happens, it wouldn't be the first time the team will have achieved it. The squad from Waxhaw, North Carolina first broke nine minutes in March at Nike Indoor Nationals, winning a national indoor title in a time of 8:59.85 behind the likes of Alyssa Preisano, Justine Preisano, Stella Kermes and Charlotte Bell

Recently, MileSplit sat down with the foursome -- a team consisting of one junior and three sophomores -- to talk goals, hopes and aspirations as they look ahead in 2022.

Interview Segments: 

      • On the team's big 4x800 result at Nike Indoor Nationals [1:15]
      • Alyssa Preisano talks about the role of being the anchor [3:10]
      • Stella Kermes discusses what it's like to open up the 4x800 [4:10]
      • Cuthbertson talks about training, and hitting workouts hard [4:50]
      • The team talks about the opportunity of running at Penn Relays [6:20]
      • Cuthbertson talks about the outdoor opener on March 6 [8:10]
      • Cuthbertson talks about motivations around the U.S. [9:05]
      • The objectives at All-American Track Classic before Penn [10:00]
      • Cuthbertson talks about the possibilities in the 4x800 [11:20]

      Top 10 Girls 4x800 Teams All-Time At Penn Relays

      MD Eleanor Roosevelt High School
      NJ Columbia HS
      NJ Ridge HS
      PA North Penn
      PA Neumann Goretti
      CA Long Beach Poly (SS)
      NJ Union Catholic Reg. HS
      NY Shenendehowa
      PA Penn Wood
      NY Benjamin N. Cardozo High

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