Lenape overcomes cold, windy conditions to win Penn SJ 4-by-4!!!

11139406_10205360744252448_331448197439082044_nThey didn’t just win the South Jersey 4-by-4. They crushed it.

The Lenape girls won their second consecutive South Jersey Large-School 1,600-Meter Relay Thursday at the 121st annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

The team of Carly Pettipaw (59.7), Jasmine Staten (59.2), Shannon Storms (60.8) and Marissa Topolski (60.0) combined to run 3:59.53 and beat second-place Winslow by 18 meters.

Winslow Township was second in 4:09.93, and Lenape’s 10.4-second margin of victory is largest in at least 20 years in the South Jersey relay. The largest previous margin of victory since 1996 is  Willingboro’s 8.36-second win over Washington Township in 1999, 3:48.80 to 3:57.16. Full results before 1995 are not available.

Here are all the winning times from the South Jersey Large-School race. There was one South Jersey race up until 2005, when it was split into Large School and Small School.

  • 2015 … Lenape, 3:59.53
  • 2014 … Lenape, 3:58.42
  • 2013 … Cherokee, 3:54.98
  • 2012 … Winslow, 3:54.53
  • 2011 … Winslow, 3:57.63
  • 2010 … Seneca, 3:56.90
  • 2009 … Seneca, 4:02.63
  • 2008 … Camden, 3:53.88
  • 2007 … Washington Twp., 3:56.69
  • 2006 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:50.81
  • 2005 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:56.77
  • 2004 … Winslow Twp., 3:54.61
  • 2003 … Willingboro, 3:47.30
  • 2002 … Willingboro, 3:51.45
  • 2001 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:51.80
  • 2000 … Willingboro, 3:53.15
  • 1999 … Willingboro, 3:48.80
  • 1998 … Willingboro, 3:53.55
  • 1997 … Willingboro, 3:55.82
  • 1996 … Willingboro, 4:00.45
  • 1995 … Camden, 3:46.94
  • 1994 … Camden, 3:50.45

Lenape’s time was 24th-fastest Thursday from among 624 schools in the various 4-by-4 sections at Penn and third-fastest among 199 New Jersey schools, behind only  Columbia (3:49.64) and Union Catholic (3:57.48).

Click here for a ranking of every 4-by-4 performance at Penn.

This is the sixth time in the last nine years that Lenape has broken four minutes at some point during the spring season. Here’s a look at Lenape’s fastest 4-by-4 time every year since 2007, with their South Jersey ranking in parentheses. The Indians have been one of South Jersey’s seven-fastest 1,600 relay teams seven of the last nine years.

  • 2015 … 3:59.53 (#3)
  • 2014 … 3:48.78 (#1)
  • 2013 … 4:05.22 (#19)
  • 2012 … 3:51.43 (#1)
  • 2011 … 3:55.29 (#3)
  • 2010 … 4:01.51 (#13)
  • 2009 … 4:01.30 (#7)
  • 2008 … 3:55.51 (#6)
  • 2007 … 3:56.68 (#6)
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