West Springfield’s distance medley team posts U.S.-best time at indoor nationals

March 16

With three laps to go in the girls’ two-mile race, West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta’s legs began to go numb.

Normally a pacesetter in distance events, Alcorta didn’t have the energy to kick to the front of the pack at the end. She settled for seventh place with a time of 10 minutes 35.11 seconds on Sunday, the final day of the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet at The Armory in New York.

But finishing seventh was worth it for this past fall’s All-Met cross-country athlete of the year. Her energy was lacking because two days earlier she had been a part of two record-setting relay teams.

On Friday, the West Springfield distance medley team — which featured Alcorta, senior Katie Kennedy, freshman Kiera Bothwell and sophomore Reagan Bustamante — captured first place with a time of 11:43.39, which became the new top time nationally in the distance relay.

On Saturday, the same group of girls placed third in the 4x800 relay with a new Virginia state and school record of 9:07.06.

“I wouldn’t have done anything different,” Alcorta said. “I wouldn’t have traded two records for a better run in the two-mile race.”

The Spartans have previous experience winning the distance medley. They are also the reigning outdoor national champions in the event. The distance medley has runners compete in the order of 1,200 meters, 400, 800 and 1,600 meters.

“Even though we don’t run it that much, we enjoy it,” Alcorta said. “It’s incredible because we’re all doing something different.”

In her first trip to New York, Huntingtown senior Shania Collins won a national championship in the 200 with a time of 23.82.
Admittedly nervous heading in, Collins said she settled in shortly before her race and wound up setting a personal best.
"I was trying to stay positive," Collins said. "I needed to stay calm and focus on the task at hand."
Seeded ninth in the 60 dash, having only run 55 meters before, Collins placed fourth with a 7.46.

Severna Park took a first-place finish in the 4x1-mile relay, with Ryan Forsyth, Rhys Burgett, Jack Kiely and Clay Whitney running a 17:45.55. Forsyth also took home fourth place in the 5,000 with a 14:48.75.

DeMatha junior Darryl Haraway earned second place in the 200 with a 21.15. T.C. Williams sophomore Noah Lyles finished behind Haraway in third with a 21.50. Lyles’s time set a national sophomore record in the event.

Haraway also added a third-place finish with a 6.76 in the 60-meter dash.

In the boys’ 400, Forest Park senior Ricky Morgan placed third (47.93), with Howard senior Justin Marsh finishing behind him in fourth (47.95).

Stone Bridge junior D’Ante Yarborough took third in the 60-meter hurdles with a 7.95.

Osbourn Park’s 4x800 relay team of Kyle Weinberg, Matthew Luiggi, Jacob Black and Nick Causey placed third with a 7:44.55.

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