Men's Distance Medley Relay Wins Heat at Penn Relays


Sean O'Brien anchored the DMR for the Eagles and was able to break away from the pack to win the race.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - American's track team continued their impressive performance at the Penn Relays with the men's distance medley relay (DMR) this afternoon. Running in the college men's division, the Eagle team was victorious by nearly two seconds and established a new school record of 9:48.89.

Freshman Sean Duffy ran the first leg of 1200-meters for American. Duffy settled into the middle of the pack and began to move up from near the end of the group at the end of the second lap. With one lap to go in his leg, Duffy made a strong move an distanced himself from the field. He pulled away and handed the baton off with a lead of almost two seconds, running 2:57.17 for the 1200-meters.

Duffy handed of to Andy Ellerhorst for the 400-meters. Ellerhorst ran 48.43 seconds while running the leg with no other competitors nearby. Florida's team began to make their move during this leg, slightly closing the gap on Ellerhorst.

Jovens Colas got the baton from Ellerhorst for the 800-meter leg. Colas held the lead for the first lap as the Florida relay began to put some pressure on the Eagles. Florida took the lead at the 500 mark of the leg and was able to put a couple of seconds on Colas over the final 300-meters. Colas ran 1:57.38 for his leg.

When Colas finished his 800-meters, he handed the baton to Sean O'Brien for the anchor leg of 1600-meters. O'Brien started off running smooth as he began to close the gap on the Florida leader. With the anchor leg from Harvard close behind, O'Brien continued to move up until he caught the Florida runner just before the end of the second lap. O'Brien sat on the leader as the pack closed the gap during the third lap. At the bell lap, O'Brien made his move and quickly opened an insurmountable lead as he ran a 4:05.53 anchor leg to give the Eagles the win.

The DMR's time of 9:48.89 is nearly 30 seconds faster than the old record of 10:13.78 set in 2000. American concludes its participation at the Penn Relays tomorrow as the men's 4xMile is run at 1:00 p.m. Duffy and O'Brien will be joined by Frank Malpigli and Matt Seymour as they become the first Eagle team to ever run the event.

Event 148, Friday, 3:40 pm
CM Distance Medley Relay

Section 1
1. 9:48.89, American
2. 9:50.54, Coppin State
3. 9:51.03, Harvard
4. 9:51.13, William & Mary
5. 9:52.25, Virginia Commonwealth
6. 9:53.59, St. John's
7. 9:54.21, Florida
8. 9:54.79, Kent State
9. 9:56.13, La Salle
10. 9:56.23, Louisiana State
11. 9:58.55, Oklahoma State
12. 10:00.39, Cornell
13. 10:01.00, Miami (Ohio)
14. 10:02.42, Columbia
15. 10:02.56, James Madison
16. 10:03.96, Haverford
17. 10:05.01, St. Joseph's
18. 10:05.10, Penn State
19. 10:27.78, Radford

Section 2
1. 9:59.91, Maine
2. 10:01.20, Bucknell
3. 10:02.47, Boston College
4. 10:03.40, Pennsylvania
5. 10:03.41, Dartmouth
6. 10:06.86, Stony Brook
7. 10:06.91, East Carolina
8. 10:07.35, Loyola (Ill)
9. 10:08.16, Army
10. 10:09.72, Manhattan
11. 10:11.31, West Chester
12. 10:15.51, Ohio State
13. 10:16.33, College of New Jersey
14. 10:22.22, New York University
15. 10:23.15, Yale
16. 10:29.86, Knox CC
17. 10:37.86, The Citadel