Girls track: Westerly breaks Emerging Elite meet record at New Balance nationals

Girls track: Westerly breaks Emerging Elite meet record at New Balance nationals

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Westerly High’s 1,600 sprint medley relay team established an Emerging Elite meet record at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Friday.

Jaime Murray, Sydney Federico, Helena Hall-Thomsen and Randi Burr combined for a time of 4:04.97. The previous record of 4:05.20 was established in 2017.

“We pretty much knew the other teams had top-end sprinters, but it’s the 800 that matters the most,” Westerly coach Dave Federico said.

Burr, the Rhode Island state champion in the 3,000, was in sixth place when she got the baton on the final exchange for the final leg of 800 meters.

She passed five runners in the final two laps (800) meters and ran the the final leg in 2:13.24, according to the webcast of the race.

“She did a good job of not trying to get it all back on the first lap,” Federico said. “She was sitting back, but they knew she was coming. Today was a good tactical race for her, especially the last 200 meters.”

Federico said events organizers had approached the Bulldogs about running in the Championship race on Saturday. But Burr will be running in the 2,000 meter steeplechase on Saturday and the two events are back-to-back.

Federico said the time was probably the third fastest in program history. He said it was the fastest time without Samantha Gawrych, Westerly’s 13-time All-American runner who graduated in 2006.

In the final event of the day, Westerly finished 11th in a mixed 4x400 relay race. It is a new event at the national championships that features two boys and two girls running the relay. Zach Menard, Federico, Hall-Thomsen and Ryan Holloway combined for a 3:37.10.

Since the event is new and only run at the nationals it was a state and school record.

Westerly’s boys and girls have teams entered in the distance medley relays on Sunday.

Events at the nationals are either Emerging Elite or Championship. The qualifying standards for the Emerging Elite events are not as stringent as the Championship events.

— Keith Kimberlin


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