North Shore Goes National
The girls from North Shore stole the headlines near the end of the evening at the Jim Mitchell Invitational at The Armory by shattering the national record in the 4x1500-meter relay. The foursome of Elizabeth Caldwell, Jessica Donohue, Samantha Nadel and Brianna Nerud ran 18:50.91, which is more than 25 seconds faster than the previous mark.
The previous record, also set at the Mitchell Invitational, was 19:16.43 by Greenwich, N.Y. Splits for North Shore: Caldwell 4:52.7, Donohue 4:55.7, Nadel 4:29.8 and Nerud 4:32.7.
This is the 160th national high school record set at The Armory over the years. The first record fell back on March 28, 1914, in the boys' 880-yard run.
Elsewhere in Friday action, Bronxville High's Mary Cain wasted no time wowing spectators at The Armory, running 2:49.58 in the 1,000-meter run. How good is that for a season opener? She effortlessly missed Brittany Sheffey's national sophomore record in the event by a tenth of a second. Sheffey had run 2:49.48 for Bellport on Long Island in 2005.
Cain's time is now the 14th-best all-time in the country, fourth-best ever in New York State. The state record remains Tameika Grizzle's 2:48.44 from 1996 for George Washington High here in Washington Heights.