March 6, 2012

Boys Distance Medley Relay Races to #2 Mark in CA and #4 Mark in the Country!

The track & field team opened up their season in an impressive fashion this past Saturday, dominating the San Rafael Twilight Relays by capturing 3 wins (out of the 6 possible relay events) and finishing as runner-ups in another.

The action was highlighted by the boys distance medley relay team of juniors Eugene Hamilton, De’Zhon Grace and seniors Jonathan DeGroot and Sam Kane which rolled a time of 10:29.59, which currently sits as  the 2nd fastest mark in the state and the 4th fastest mark in the country (according to ESPNHS/DyeStat).  The distance medley relay consists of legs of 1200-400-800-1600 meters (in that order).  Hamilton lead things off, running with a lead group of 4 that would break away from the pack of about 20 teams.  He would hand off the stick to Grace in 4th, just a few seconds back from the leader.  Grace caught 2 runners over 400 meters and would hand off to DeGroot, who ran a gritty 800 meter leg.  DeGroot closed the gap and took the lead for his team before handing off to Kane.  Kane would extend the lead over his 1600 leg and would anchor the Dragons to a comfortable victory over 2nd place. 

Along with being state and nationally ranked, their mark moved them up to #2 all-time at the San Rafael Twilight Relays.  A full video of the race is available below (video credit to Regina Hamilton):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8JrYKsjPIo

The girls would find just as much success as their male counterparts.  Lead by sophomore Gabriella Cantrell, junior Keisha May and seniors Marie Diaz and Claire Mischeaux, the girls would also capture the distance medley relay, running 12:55.16 for the win.  Mischeaux lead things off with a strong opening leg.  Cantrell would get the baton and would run a blazing quarter mile before handing it off the May.  May, would make up huge ground on the lead group and would eventually close well to put the team in 2nd place before the anchor, Diaz, gradually closed the gap before pulling away for the win in the final laps. 

Also winners, were the co-ed 4×200 relay team (running in order of girl-girl-boy-boy) consisting of girls, Cantrell and May, and boys Grace and senior Daniel Jones.  The relay lead from start to finish, never relinquishing the lead and Grace held off the hard-charging field for the victory.  The group would run 1:38.18, a mark that places them 6th on the all-time list at the meet.

The senior group of Diaz, Mischeaux, DeGroot and Kane closed out the meet for the Dragons, taking up runner-up honors in the co-ed 4×800 relay in a time of 9:02.64, also placing them #6 on the all-time list.

Full results are available below:

San Rafael Twilight Relays 2012 RESULTS

The Dragons are back in action this upcoming weekend as they gear up for the Dan Gabor Invitational, a two-day meet taking place at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. The meet begins with the distance festival on Friday night, beginning at 3:30pm and will continue on Saturday at 10:00am with the sprints, jumps, hurdles, throws and relay events. Go Dragons!


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