April 29, 2016
A dropped stick on the opening leg wasn’t quite enough to stop Drew Hunter‘s Loudoun Valley (VA) team from winning the high school boys distance medley relay today at the 2016 Penn Relays. Hunter, one of just two US high schoolers to ever break 4:00 in the mile indoors, overcame a 9+ second-deficit on the anchor leg to overcome 4:06 miler Jack Salisbury of La Salle (RI) by the tiniest of margins – .001 – as both teams were timed in 10:00.01 but Loudoun Valley was 10:00.002 and La Salle was 10:00.003. They just missed the meet record time set by Alan Webb‘s South Lakes team in 2001 of 9:59.66.
Hunter split 4:00.73 to Salisbury’s 4:09.76.
The end of the race was a real dog fight. Salisbury, a Georgetown signee who ran 4:06.74 for the full mile last year at the Pre Classic (and 4:08 indoor this year), went out hard – 57 according to the announcer on Flotrack as Hunter quickly moved into 2nd with a 56. Salisbury slowed on the next lap as he hit 800 in 2:02 to Hunter’s 1:59. With 500 to go, Salisbury led by a decent margin but by the bell (3:00 for Hunter, 3:04-5 for Salisbury?), it was clear that Hunter was going to catch Salisbury, who had been looking over his shoulder a lot, as Salisbury slowed on purpose to try to hold Hunter off in the last 150 to 200.
The last 150 was epic as hardly an distance separated the two with Salisbury ahead by the smallest of margins until it matter the most – the line. Hunter only led for probably 1 thousandth of the race – the last 1 thousandth.
A few screenshots from the Flotrack broadcast appear below (click for larger image). Then results with splits. Talk about the meet on our world famous fan forum / messageboard: MB: 2016 Penn Relays Live Discussion Thread. *Andrew MF Hunter!!!
|1||Loudoun Valley (Purcellville, VA)||10:00.01||Colton Bogucki (3:11.03), Nathaniel Thompson (49.28), Will Smagh (1:58.97), Andrew Hunter (4:00.73)||A|
|2||La Salle Academy (Providence, RI)||10:00.01||David Principe Jr. (3:01.20), David Medeiros (53.46), Matthew Bouthillette (1:55.59), Jack Salisbury (4:09.76)||H|
|3||Concord-Carlisle (Concord, MA)||10:10.33||Eli Decker (3:10.38), Lior Selve (50.23), Cole Winstanley (2:04.74), Thomas Ratcliffe (4:04.98)||D|
|4||River Dell Regional (Oradell, NJ)||10:10.36||Colin Daly (3:01.06), Conor Riegel (52.49), Justin Fernandez (2:00.34), Will Daly (4:16.47)||B|
|5||Haddonfield Memorial (Haddonfield, NJ)||10:10.62||Derek Gess (3:10.86), Like Colehower (50.06), Austin Stoner (1:55.59), Greg Pelose (4:14.13)||E|
|6||Fordham Prep (Bronx, NY)||10:12.77||Conor Hughes (3:08.54), Arthur Gooden Jr. (52.08), Matthew Dougherty (2:03.52), Conor Lundy (4:08.65)||C|
|7||Salesianum (Wilmington, DE)||10:17.48||John Walker (3:09.31), Colin Parker (52.90), George Steinhoff (1:56.48), Andrew Hally (4:18.80)||N|
|8||Christian Brothers (Lincroft, NJ)||10:17.65||Sean Martinek (3:12.66), Mike Zupko (50.08), Colin Trigani (2:01.12), Drake Anzano (4:13.81)||G|
|9||Cardinal O’Hara (Springfield, PA)||10:19.69||Rob Morro (3:08.07), Tamir Jones (50.52), Justin Jones (1:59.76), Ryan James (4:21.37)||M|
|10||Arlington (LaGrangeville, NY)||10:24.76||Eric Sbrollini (3:09.04), Devere Knight (55.21), Reece Ragusa (1:58.05), Joe Morrison (4:22.47)||I|
|11||Danbury (Danbury, CT)||10:25.86||Terrell Cunningham (3:09.08), Devante Clarke (51.26), Jake Roberts (1:58.44), Jack Adamski (4:27.10)||J|
|12||Toms River North (Toms River, NJ)||10:26.85||Justin Farley (3:11.61), Abdolahe Diawara (51.89), Noah Reilly (2:01.34), John Flavin (4:22.03)||O|
|13||Ward Melville (East Setauket, NY)||10:30.74||Danny Ryan (3:10.53), Teddy Lane (54.37), Eric Zulkofske (2:00.86), Mike Reilly (4:24.99)||L|
|14||Eastern Regional (Voorhees, NJ)||10:51.60||Joshua Chazin (3:25.53), Benjamin Stevenson (53.29), Vipul Bhat (2:01.73), Nicholas Pschunder (4:31.07)|