After a disappointing 3,200-meter relay, Rancocas Valley bounced back Friday with a terrific performance Friday in the 400-meter relay at Penn.
RV’s 3,200-meter relay team ran without star Isaiah Curbelo and not surprisingly didn’t come close to the 8:03.47 it ran at Woodbury. But the Red Devils’ 400-meter relay team made sure R.V. didn’t leave the 121st annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field without something.
In cold, windy conditions, the team of JeSean Foster, Dyson Scott, Shaun Ellis-Bradley and Sterling Pierce ran 42.85 and advanced to Saturday’s Large School Championship race.
Foster, Scott, Ellis-Bradley and Pierce ran the ninth-fastest time of 257 teams that raced and the fastest of all New Jersey teams. They were also sixth-fastest among U.S. teams.
Full results of all the 4-by-100s at Penn are here.
R.V., running in the 18th heat, beat second-place Mount St. Joseph of Baltimore (43.75) by almost a second.
Rancocas Valley also ran nearly a second faster than the next-fastest New Jersey school — Pennsauken, which ran 43.68.
The Large-School race is scheduled for 1:55 p.m. Saturday. Heat sheet for the race can be found here.
Rancocas Valley is No. 1 in New Jersey with its 42.49 on the fast track at Woodbury, and with good conditions, this fast field and good stick work should be able to trim some fractions off that time.
The Large-School Championship race is open to the eight-fastest large high schools that didn’t qualify for the Championship of America.
R.V. has the fourth-fastest qualifying time behind Reggie Jackson alma mater Cheltenham, Pa., of Montgomery County (42.47), C.H. Flowers of Springdale, Md., (42.71) and Bowie (42.82), also of Maryland.
Also in the field are Wolmer Boys of Kingston, Jamaica (42.88), Wise of Upper Marlboro, Md., (42.99), Jamaica College of Kingston (43.09) and Upper Darby, Pa., of Delaware County (43.10).
From Lane 2 out to 9, it will be Upper Darby, Jamaica College, Wise, Wolmer, Cheltenham, Flowers, Bowie and R.V.