Good morning, everyone, and happy Saturday.
The first race just started: a high school boys 400m hurdles heat.
I like to think of the hurdles as the first race of the day, but I shouldn't forget the early-morning racewalks that were on the track starting at 7 a.m. Anthony Peters won the men's Olympic Development 5K racewalk in 21:10.48, and Maria Michta-Coffey won the women's Olympic Development 5K racewalk in 21:48.09.
We are now into three and a half hours of high school boys 4x400m relays. Hopewell Valley, which won the boys DMR yesterday in dramatic fashion, has the top time so far at 3:26.82. They probably won't stay atop the list.
The school that everyone's waiting for is Calabar of Jamaica, which ran a 3:05 recently.
Union of New Jersey is the first school to break 3:20 today, with a time of 3:18.54. Their anchor leg was 40.53. Rahway of New Jersey has the new second-fastest time, 3:20.20.
Herbert Morrison of Jamaica looks like it's about to set the day's new top time. Let's see...
They do not. 3:19.45 is the second-fastest time of the day.
3:18.80 for Toms River North of New Jersey.
3:15.77 for Jamaica College of Kingston, Jamaica.
And now it's Calabar time.
This is the heat we've been waiting all day for. Wolmer's Boys leads early but Calabar goes in front at the first handoff.