Mark it down in the history books that the first 4x800 relay performance ever recorded on Walter Johnson's new track was sub-8:00. The next time the Walter Johnson track will be used for a meet, WJ and RM will meet with 23 other teams at the Montgomery County Championship Meet. Another sub-8:00 performance is surely in the forecast.
The 4x800 race was a back-and-forward battle. RM's David Hamilton kicked it off with a 1:58 split and Jacob Cantor maintained with about a 2:00 split. WJ's Nick Regan and Josh Ellis combined to keep the race within three seconds.
WJ's Nick Fowler pulled even with RM's Zach Angel on the third leg as Angel split about 2:04. Alex Willett had a slight lead entering the anchor leg, but Sam Martin quickly took control of the race. Willett sat on Martin, but later said he knew Martin had a great kick so he took over the lead with 200 meters to go and tried to create separation. Martin waited to make his final move and kicked with 100 meters to go. RM won in 7:59.9 while WJ finished in 8:00.1.
Willett later said that Martin was just faster, but he recovered quickly to lead his team to 1-2-3 sweeps in the 1600 and 3200. His times of 4:33 and 10:13 were not as fast as his day at Blake two weeks ago when he ran 4:26 and 9:36, but maybe it was the McDonalds he ate before the meet. Regardless, Willett and Coach Tom Martin both brought up Chris Miller's surprising 9:19 3200 last weekend and believe Willett is ready to challenge for a similarly fast time when he is not loading up on four event in three hours. That performance may perhaps come as soon as the Viking Invitational at Whitman in two weeks.
Aside from dominating the 1600 and 3200, WJ's sprinters held their own, but WJ was no match for Richard Montgomery in the field events. RM outscored WJ in the field 29 to 7. In addition, RM outscored WJ in the relays 20 to 0. RM dealt WJ its only loss of the season with a score of 81 to 50. RM will attempt to win the division title against Kennedy and Wootton next week.
Nnamdi Edokobi set a personal best county-leading mark of 50-11.50 in the shot put. His freshman sister, Ozioma Edokobi, standing at a striking 6-feet and 2-inches tall, won the shot put in 32-06.
Like with the boys, RM girls soaked up a majority of the points in the field events, but the WJ girls did enough on the track to hang on 61 to 58. WJ and RM now each have one loss on the season.