Another meet record fell in the boys 4xMile, as Red Tide TC of Michigan came through with a late charge. Thanks to a 4:13.40 anchor leg by Brian Kettle, the pride of Milford High School set a new meet record of 17:16.12.
“We knew we had a shot to do great things, we just didn’t know what those great things would be necessarily,” said Kettle. “It’s great to win and set a meet record.”
After strong opening legs by Kyle Monagle and Kevin Black, Cody Snavely received the baton in sixth, nine seconds out of first place. One by one, the senior worked to move up and get closer to Stillwater, who was pushing the pace up front.
“My whole goal was to just slowly reel them back in and catch up with people, using them to key off of and keep moving up so I could hand it off to Brian,” said Snavely.
When Brian Kettle was handed the baton, Stillwater TC was still ahead with Northport TC (NY) close behind. Lap by lap, Kettle began catching the front runners, using his miler speed to his advantage.
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A fast 4:13.40 final leg complete with a killer kick helped Red Tide secure the national title. The meet record that came along with it was an added bonus.
“Time is not really something you’re always worried about. You just run hard and time takes care of itself,” said a smiling Kettle. Red Tide’s finishing time was the fastest prep time run since 1986. Stillwater TC hung on for second, with Northport TC coming in third.
Red Tide wasn’t the only Michigan team to shine in the 4xMile relay. Spirit of Pre (Saline, Mich.) won the girls title in 20:30.32. The quartet of Elianna Shwayder, Abby Rentschler, Alyssa Cummings, and Lauren Green improved upon their fourth place finish at New Balance Nationals Indoor three months ago.
Southerland, Wynne Take 800m, Mile
Reigning New Balance Nationals Indoor winners Sabrina Southerland and Henry Wynne won the girls 800m and boys mile, respectively. Both ran away from the fields in the final lap with little challenge.
Southerland, from New York, timed 2:06.26 for two laps. Though her time was slower than her Indoor performance, the senior was still happy.
Wynne, also a senior, took the mile lead before 400m and never looked back. As soon as the bell rang, Wynne dug down and found another gear, using it to power home in 4:07.84.
“I love these meets because of the crowds,” he said. “They definitely make me run faster.”
Distance medley relay titles were won by West Springfield TC (Virginia) on the girls side and Westerville TC (Ohio) on the boys.
Over 4,200 athletes from 47 states competed at New Balance Nationals.