NEW YORK >> The Wilbur Cross girls’ sprint medley relay team already had a pretty impressive resume heading into the New Balance Indoor Nationals.
Saturday afternoon, they added one more item to the list for good measure: All-American.
The Governors not only won their heat, but ran a blistering time of four minutes and 2.68 seconds, which propelled them to a second place finish at the Armory in New York.
“We hit it exactly,” Gabby Curtis said of their time.
“We wanted to get as close to four minutes as possible,” Shea Connors added.
The winning time was 3:57.19 from Team Fitfast of Columbia, N.J.
The relay was made up of Chaslynn Saucier (200), Curtis (200), Connors (400) and Danae Rivers (800). It was a near seven second personal record for the four as they earned All-American and now have the second best time in the nation.
“It was ridiculous; it was crazy running out there,” Connors said.
The Cross relay team, competing in the fourth of five total heats, had four strong legs as Rivers led a come from behind finish with a 800 meter anchor to take the lead and claim first.
“It bothered us a little (to be running in the fourth heat) but we knew we just had to run for time,” Curtis said.
Rivers, who will be running in the mile Sunday afternoon, stayed with the pack in the beginning and then took to the outside to pass about three to four runners to contend for the lead and overtake it at the end.
“I knew she was going to take care of business like she always does,” Connors said of Rivers. “We were just watching and everyone was stressing, and we were like, ‘That’s our girl.’ We knew what we could do.”
Added Rivers : “I was like, ‘Just go for it.'”
Connors and the rest of the relay said at first they thought they finished in third place, but were overjoyed to find out they took second.
“It was great moment,” Connors said.
The Governors SMR ended the indoor season winning the SCC Championships, Class L, State Open and second at Nationals.