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4×4 Team Runs Season Best at Penn Relays

April 30, 2011

For the 57th time in school history, the Stony Brook 4×400 meter relay team rounded the venerable track at Franklin Field in the Penn Relays. The boys had high hopes of medaling in the 117th edition of the Relays for the first time since 2005, but Penns is all about the luck of the draw and the boys found themselves in one of the fastest heats of the day. Their consolation was running 3:31.12, the team’s fastest time of the year and the Bears’ fastest time at the Penn Relays since Ryan Knowles, Jon Hicks, Will Lingle, and Ryan Pinder ran 3:30.9 in 2001 to earn a bronze medal.

However, before 2005, marks were recorded by hand rather than Fully Automatic Timing (FAT). The standard method of conversion from hand time to FAT is to round the hand time up to the tenth of a second and add 0.24 seconds, meaning the 2001 time becomes 3:31.34. In that case, the boys ran the fastest time at the Relays since 1988 when Brandon McCarthy, Pete Hurtado, Frank Wagner, and Marc Conti sped to a 3:27.2. The time also eclipsed that of the last five teams to medal at the Relays, including the 1993 and 2004 teams that brought home the plaque in 3:31.44 and 3:31.8, respectively. Additionally, Khoren Lawson, Jon Wentling, and Taylor Colucci ran three of the top 25 legs since 1982 with Lawson’s 51.89 opening leg taking the 11th slot on the list.

The day was cool and windy as the quad entered the paddock area to await their race. When their moment arrived, Lawson grasped the famous red and white baton and took his place in lane nine, the worst position in the field of 12 teams. Lawson got out quick and was in front of the pack on the backstretch but receded into fifth position by the time he handed off to Wentling. Wentling settled into seventh place around the first turn, then passed Port Jeff’s second man on the backstretch to move us into sixth before Port Jeff came back on the homestretch. Marco Masakayan and Colucci fought hard to get us into the lead pack of the race, but the pace was too quick for them to change position, leaving us in seventh as Colucci crossed the finish line. While the boys may have desired more from their performance, they can be confident in their potential to continue to improve on that time by the season’s end.

After grabbing some cheesesteaks at one of coach Kris Ryan’s favorite spots, the team returned to watch the most anticipated races of the weekend involving some of the top high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in the world. One of the highlights of the afternoon was the United States’ victory over Jamaica in the women’s 4×100 meter relay, which Wentling, Colucci, White, and Masakayan celebrated at the expense of Lawson, a native of the Caribbean isle. All in all it was another successful trip to Philadelphia for our relay teams and we eagerly look forward to more memories next April.


1.Oakland MillsColumbia, MD3:23.80
2.ChambersburgChambersburg, PA3:26.01
3.Bay ShoreBay Shore, NY3:26.75
4.Transit TechBrooklyn, NY3:27.10
5.Port JeffersonPort Jefferson, NY3:28.68
6.TallwoodVirginia Beach, VA3:30.32
7.Stony BrookStony Brook, NY3:31.12
8.ShamokinCoal Township, PA3:32.31
9.North BabylonNorth Babylon, NY3:34.14
10.Friendship-Edison CollegiateWashington, DC3:34.92
11.Pocono Mountain WestPocono Summit, PA3:35.29
12.LakewoodLakewood, NJ3:35.45


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