WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. >> In what was called a “dress rehearsal” for nationals next month, turned into the nation’s second-fastest time.
Thursday evening at White Plains High School (New York), the Staples girls’ distance medley relay team of Erica Hefnawy, Olivia Wiener, Tyler Scanlin and Hannah DeBalsi won the Glenn D. Loucks Games East Coast DMR title in a time of 11 minutes and 54.15 seconds.
“It was a good practice run and to get our time down and see what we could do,” Scanlin said of the event.
As of Friday, their time ranks second best this outdoor season according to milesplit. The nation-leading time is 11:53.07 from West Springfield, Virginia.
This was also the first Loucks Games title that a Staples relay team has ever won.
In an event that the four run maybe twice a season if lucky, came in as the No. 1 seed and had no trouble with the competition.
Running in third to second place for most of the race, DeBalsi on the 1,600 anchor overtook the lead midway through the first lap and widened her lead from there to easily capture the win.
Second place was Mamoroneck (N.Y.) in 12:05.98.
Scanlin said what makes them so successful is the simple fact that each girl who represents the individual leg (1,200, 400, 800 and 1,600) is competitive at that length.
“We have a really good relay because all of us are really good at our individual events,” she said.
While the four weren’t too thrilled with the time they finished in, Staples’ assistant coach Amanda Morgan said this early in the season, and a little more than month away from nationals in June, it was a good run. Also, many of the girls came into Thursday off meets and other activities prior.
“Considering the week they had, I thought it went really well,” Morgan said. “I think it’s a pretty good sign for where we are.”
Added Wiener: “It’s definitely cool, we’re excited, not as happy with the time but excited.”