MileSplit 4/28: Penn Relays Day 3 - Westfield (VA) COA 4x8 champs 7:39! Potomac 4th in COA 4x1 41.47

2012 Outdoor Highlights

4/28/12 Weekend

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The Penn Relays Carnival, PA


Saturday Highlights

Westfield fighting off a determined Kingston College in the COA 4x800. (Photo by Don Rich)

  • Westfield (VA) went into the COA 4x800 as the favorite, but nothing is certain on Saturday.  Kingston College, St. Jago and Holmwood dominated the first two legs of the relay while being stalked by Cherokee (NJ).  During the end of the second leg the pack bunched up with Cherokee taking the lead for the first time.  Westfield had moved into 5th at this point but there was still a gap to overcome.  Entering the third leg Kingston led with Cherokee closely behind.  St. Jago, Chariho (RI) and Holmwood were strung out with Westfield sitting in 6th place.  During the first lap of leg 3 Westfield caught back up with the pack, led by Cherokee.  Westfield's Nathan Kiley went from 5th to a big first as he closed out his leg before handing off to Tyrone Walker.  Kingston College captured the lead again with 500 to go and Walker settled in.  With 270 meters to go Walker launched into his kick and took the lead.  Kingston College anchor Sanj Powell gave it one final effort with 100 to go but the teams crossed the line with Westfield winning in 7:39.73 with Kingston College clocked at 7:40.52. 
  • Munro College (JAM) anchor Delano Williams used a blistering 45.8 split to close out a 3:11.91 victory over Kingston College (JAM), 3:13.13.  Both US schools, Junipero Serra (CA) and Trenton Central (NJ) were disqualified.
  • Wolmer's Boys (Jam) won the COA 4x100m with a blazing fast 40.34 clocking.  Potomac (MD) finished 4th overall with a time of 41.47.
  • Junipero Serra (CA) won the small schools 4x100m with a quick 41.82 clocking over St. Jago (Jam), 41.89.
  • Trenton Central (NJ) won the large schools 4x100m with a time of 42.25.
  • Anaquan Peterson (VA) won the boys Triple Jump with a huge leap of 50-00.  Imani Brown (PA) was 2nd overall in 48-11.75.
  • Clive Pullen (Jam) won the boys Long Jump with a leap of 24-3. Anthony Averett (NJ) was 2nd in 24-00.25.
  • Christoff Bryan (Jam) won the boys High Jump with a leap of 6-11.5.
  • Michael Jensen (DE) won the boys Pole Vault with a leap of 16-4.75 while Chris Williams (PA) was 2nd in 16-00.75.
  • In the boys 400H Eric Futch (PA) won with a US#1 time of 51.77, taking the lead between the 9th and 10th hurdle over the final stretch.  The time is also a tie for US#6 All-Time in Penn Relays history.

Friday Highlights

Long Beach Poly (CA) celebrates their 4x100 victory. (Photo by Aaron Rich)

  • St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) did their jobs with keeping the race within 10 seconds so that when Edward Cheserek got the baton he would have a controllable gap to surmount.  Cheserek got the baton 10 seconds back, went through in :57 and 2:02 through 800m before catching CBA's George Kelly with a lap to go.  On the backstretch he let the afterburners fly to close in :57 for a 4:06.2 split as the winning time was 10:07.76.  Christian Brothers Academy (NJ) settled for 2nd in 10:08.96 and LaSalle (PA) notched a school record with a time of 10:10.76 for 3rd. 
  • The girls COA 4x400m final proved to be very exciting with Edwin Allen (Jam) redeeming their 4x100 loss earlier in the day with a blistering 3:42.06 clocking, all the more impressive given the chilly weather that set in just before the start.  It was a Jamaican sweep as Holmwood Tech finished 2nd in 3:43.93 and Vere Technical was 3rd in 3:45.23.  Junipero Serra (CA) was 4th with a time of 3:46.43.
  • In the boys Mile Jacob Burcham took it out hard, leading through 400 and 800 before pushing hard over the final 600m as he went through 1200m in 3:08 before being caught just at the line by Craig Engels (NC) who won with a time of 4:09.42.  Burcham held on for 2nd in 4:09.49 while Ben Malone (NJ) closed hard for 3rd in 4:12.24.
  • The boys 3000m came down to a nice hard finish with Thomas Madden (VA) able to close hard for the win in 8:25.54.  Dustin Wilson (PA) was able to get in for 2nd with a time of 8:30.18 while a hard-charging Sam Parsons (DE) finished 3rd in 8:31.52.
  • Long Beach Poly (CA) won their 2nd straight COA 4x100 title with a blazing fast 46.35 clocking, moving ahead of Edwin Allen (Jam) over the final meters to capture the victory.
  • In the girls 4x800 Championship of America it was all Edwin Allen (Jam) as they jumped to a large lead and kept it throughout the race, winning with a time of 8:52.97.  Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) was 2nd with a time of 9:04.22. 
  • Billy Stanley (PA) won the boys Javelin with a Penn Relays Record of 223-3.
  • Sam Mattis (NJ) won the boys discus with a US#1 toss of 211-11.
  • Braheme Days (NJ) won the boys shot with a put of 68-8.5.
  • The 4x800's were windy and cold, but we still have 12 through to the COA tomorrow.  Westfield (VA) was fastest in 7:48.39, Chariho (RI) was the 2nd fastest with a 7:52.69 and Cherokee (NJ) was 3rd fastest in 7:53.30.  Other qualifiers were Pennridge (PA), St. Jago (Jam), Holmwood (Jam), Bellefield (Jam), Kingston College (Jam), Pope John XXIII (NJ), Chambersburg (PA), St. John the Baptist (NY) and Boys & Girls (NY).

Thursday Highlights

Mary Cain eyes the finish in her record-setting mile run. (Photo by Don Rich)

  • Mary Cain (Bronxville NY) won the girls Mile with a blazing 62.5 last 400m to set the Penn Relays record at 4:39.28! The time is also a National Class Record and National Age Record for 15 year olds.
  • Tatnall (DE) won the girls DMR with a Penn Relays Record time of 11:28.86 with an impressive 4:42 anchor leg by Haley Pierce.
  • Sophie Chase (Lake Braddock VA) won the girls 3000m run with a time of 9:37.86. 
  • Alexis Franklin (Old Mills MD) won the girls 400H with a time of 59.05.
  • Long Beach Poly (CA) was the fastest qualifer in the 4x100 relay with a blistering 46.39 clocking.  Edwin Allen (Jam) was the 2nd fastest at 46.45.  Wakefield (NC) and Mt. Vernon (NY) join them in the Championship of America tomorrow. 
  • Holmwood Tech (Jam) had the fastest 4x400 time of 3:45.58 and Wakefield (NC) also ran fast with a time of 3:46.64.  Junipero Serra (CA), Columbia (NJ) and Medgar Evers (NY) join them in the Championship of America tomorrow evening.
  • Edwin Allen (Jam), the defending champs, were the fastest qualifier with a time of 8:58.51.  Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) was the 2nd fastest in a US#1 9:04.21.
  • Larisa Debich (Hempfield PA) won the girls pole vault with a leap of 12-5.5.
  • Christine Streisel (Tamaqua PA) won the girls javelin with a throw of 154-11.
  • Chanice Porter (Jam) won the long jump with a leap of 19-5.25.  Ariana Washington (Long Beach Poly PA) was 3rd in 18-10.75.
  • Shardia Lawrence (Jam) won the triple jump with a mark of 40-8.25.  Iana Amsterdam (Essex County NJ) was 2nd with a jump of 40-00.75.
  • Danniel Thomas (Jam) won the girls discus with a toss of 167-4.
  • Kimberly Williamson (Jam) won the girls high jump with a mark of 6-00.  Taylor Morgan (Upper Dublin PA) was 3rd with a jump of 5-8.


MSU Spartan Classic, MI


  • Grosse Pointe South dominated with individual and relay wins.  The Grosse Pointe South won the 4x800 by 40 seconds in a US#1 clocking of 8:59.69.
  • Hannah Meier won the 1600m in 4:51.84 and the 800m in 2:09.67.
  • Kelsie Schwartz was 4th in the 1600m in 4:59.22 and the 3200m in 10:39.26.
  • Haley Meier was 3rd in the 1600m in 4:57.44 and Ersula Farrow was 2nd in the 800m in 2:12.04. 


Centennial Invitational, OR



  • Sean Kellar (WA) got the win in the Javelin with a big 244-01 throw, that's US#2 All-Time behind Sam Crouser's 255-4 and the 3rd best throw ever as Crouser also through 244-2.
  • Frosh Alexa Efraimson won the girls 800m with a fantastic 2:08.92 clocking!  Soph Paige Rice was 2nd in 2:10.32 and soph Anna Maxwell was 3rd in 2:10.87.
  • Anna Maxwell also won the 1500m with a quick 4:32.74 clocking!
  • Andrew Gardner won the boys 1500m with a time of 3:54.93.


Texas Region 1-5A Championships, TX


  • Aldrich Bailey torched the track over 400m, recording a time of 45.19 for US#1 and US#6 All-Time.  He also broke the Texas state record with his blazing speed.
  • Timberview (TX) used Bailey's speed to pick up two blazing relay wins in the 4x400 and 4x100.  In the 4x400 the squad won with a quick US#1 3:12.71 clocking and won the 4x100 in a US#1 40.46.


Florida State Championships, FL

  • In the 2A state championships Robin Reynolds launched herself out to a US#1 20-6.50 in the long jump!  Robin also won her 14th career state title to close out her senior year.  Robin won the 100m dash in 11.79 and the 400m dash with a blistering 52.59.  She almost won her 15th event in her career when the 200m dash came down to a dead heat with Sabria Hadley.  Both runners were timed in 24.09 with Hadley getting the win by just .002 seconds! 
  • Levonte Whitfield dominated in the 100m dash, winning with a time of 10.49 and then blasted a 20.96 in the 200m for the win. 
  • Daesha Rogers netted three wins herself as she won the 800m run in 2:12.75, the 1600m in 4:54.03 and was part of the American Heritage team that won the 4x800m in 9:13.53.


Drake Relays, IA


Thursday Highlights

  • Alexis Conaway (IA) won the girls high jump with a leap of 5-10.  Taylor Twedt (IA) was 2nd in 5-8.
  • Kate Birchier (IA) won the girls shot put with a toss of 41-0.
  • Rebekah Topham (IA) won the girls 3000m run with a clocking of 9:58.39.
  • Cole Decker (IA) won the boys 3200m run with a time of 9:08.96.  Matt Butler (IA) was 2nd in 9:09.03.


Eastern Relays, KY

  • KY hosted one of the deepest East coast 3200's with fast times and a deep field.  Jacob Thomson won the race with a quick 8:58.62 with Tsehaye Hiluf in 2nd with a time of 9:00.20.  Nick Vogele finished 3rd in 9:01.88 and Connor Sorrells finished 4th in 9:02.82.  11 athletes were under 9:20 in the race.


Chandler City Meet, AZ


  • Garrett Starkey (Basha AZ) joined the 17' club with a leap of 17-00.

Wayne Invitational, OH

Mack is pictured on the right.



  • Mack Tudor set the OHSAA All Division record in the Discus with a toss of 206-4.


FHSAA 4A Region 1, FL



  • Marvin Bracy (Boone FL) won the 100m dash with a wind-legal 10.25, US#1 this year!