Track Records Set at National Championships
While the Mount de Sales community digitally cheered 200 miles away, indoor track team members participated in the New Balance High School National Championships in snowy New York City, March 10-11.
With live webcasts watched on the MDSA campus, four Sailor runners set three school records and earned fifth-place medals in the 1600-meter sprint medley relay. MDSA competed in three events against athletes from 26 states and three Canadian Provinces from over 100 schools at the Armory Track Center.
The indoor track national’s draw over 3,600 total athletes from 40-plus states competitors who must meet stringent qualifying standards just to gain acceptance into the meet. This is the sixth straight year MDSA has had athletes achieve those marks.
Amanda Grebosky, ’17, Edeline Davies, ’19, Samantha Facius, ’19, and Claire Nilan, ’20, medaled in the relay that consisted of two 200-meter legs, one of 400 meters and an anchor effort of 800 meters.
The opening relay legs were run by Grebosky, Nilan with Davies handing the baton over to Facius. Trailing the race leader from Miami, Fla., and teams from North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia, Facius moved to within a few yards of first and eventual winners Westerly, RI. But other teams countered in the final meters to move ahead. The sophomore’s split was the third fastest 800-meter leg of the 17 competing teams.
That fifth place is the highest MDSA relay finish ever at the indoor nationals.
Earlier Friday morning, Davies completed in the 60-meter dash and lowered her own school record to 7.82 seconds.
On Saturday, Facius ran the mile and placed second in her section of 14 runners with a time of 5:03.49. That performance broke her own mile mark by nearly 10 seconds. The meet’s automatic timing system also recorded times at the 1500-meter mark, the metric mile, and that record also fell to Facius at 4:41.71.
During the course of the regular season, MDSA athletes established a total of 10 new indoor track and records. Besides those mentioned, records were set at 55 meters, Davies; 200 meters, Kevilyn Frazier; 1600 meters, Facius; 3200 meters, Kelly Szalankiewicz; high jump, Colleen Howard; pole vault, Robin Randall; and the sprint/hurdle relay, Grebosky, Randall, Grace Flynn, Meredith Buller.
Video links for MDSA athletes at the National Indoor Track Championships:
Sprint Medley Relay: