Lenape grad Carly Pettipaw leads Delaware’s 4-by-800 team to 2019 U.S. #1 performance in Boston!!!!!

Lenape graduate Carly Pettipaw, at far left, led off Delaware’s 2019 U.S. collegiate #1 3,200-meter relay team this weekend in Boston

Lenape graduate Carly Pettipaw, now a senior at Delaware, finished her final indoor season in style with a big PR in the open 800 and a leadoff leg on the Blue Hens’ world-best 3,200-meter relay team.

Granted, the 4-by-800 is only run indoors in the U.S. and only contested in college meets, and it’s no longer contested at the indoor NCAAs. Still, according to the IAAF rankings, Delaware’s 8:45.08 at the IC4A/ECAC meet in Boston on Sunday is the fastest 4-by-800 in the world this year.

Delaware supplanted Lehigh, which ran 8:48.80, last month in Annapolis, Md.

The time is No. 25 in U.S. collegiate history. The full list appears below, courtesy of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association web site.

Pettipaw led off with a 2:11.8 leg out of the whole, followed by sophomore Sydni Stovall (2:13.5), senior Jeanette Bendolph (2:11.5) and junior Michaela Meyer (2:08.3).

Quinnipiac was a distant second, finishing 60 meters back in 8:56.10. Boston College (8:57.94), Loyola of Maryland (8:57.98), James Madison (8:58.56) and Cornell (8:59.32) all broke nine minutes as well.

Delaware posted the fastest qualifying time with an 8:51.60 with a slightly different lineup on Saturday, with Pettipaw splitting 2:10.70 on the leadoff leg. In the prelims, freshman Tina Capparell  ran with Pettipaw, Meyer and Bendolph.

The Blue Hens broke the school record in both races. It was 8:54.17 going into the weekend, with the team of Pettipaw, Meyer, Angie Spadaccini and Liz McGroarty last year. Delaware also ran under the school’s outdoor 4×8 school record of 8:55.47, set by McGroarty, Meyer, Spadaccini and Bendolph in 2017.

Delaware’s time is third-fastest in IC4A/ECAC history, behind only Boston College’s 8:43.06 from 2017 and Monmouth’s 8:44.57 from 2017. The B.C. time is listed as questionable, which indicates a likely technical error resulting in the race being less than 3,200 meters.

It’s been a big year for Pettipaw, highlighted by a 2:11.34 open 800 at the Navy Select Meet in Annapolis, Md., last month. That ranks her No. 2 in Delaware history indoors. Here’s the top 5:

2:09.61 … Jeanette Bendolph, 2018
2:11.34 … Carly Pettipaw, 219
2:11.58 … Liz Mcgroarty, 201
2:13.46 … Michaela Meyer, 2019
2:13.75 … Lindsay Prettyman, 2013

Pettipaw also broke school records in the 500 (1:14.71) and 600 (1:32.59) this winter. The previous marks were 1:14.87 by Cristine Marquez in 2008 and 1:37.11 by Meyer last year.

Before this winter, Pettipaw’s indoor PR was a 2:13.20 from sophomore year at IC4A’s on the same track. She has a PR of 2:09.75 outdoors from a meet at Towson last spring. That’s No. 4 in school history by less than two seconds off the school record of 2:08.12, set in 2014 by Linday Prettyman. She also anchored Delaware’s school-record 4:01.98 sprint medley team last spring.

In the intermediate hurdles, Pettipaw has been an IC4A medalist and run as fast as 1:01.14, which is third-fastest in school history.

Here are the top 25 colleges in the indoor 4-by-800, including only the best performance by each school. As you can see, Delaware’s time is seventh-fastest over the past 25 years.

8:25.5h … Villanova, 1987 [Shawnee graduate Michelle DiMuro ran 3rd leg]
8:26.77 … Wisconsin, 1993
8:29.12 … Florida, 1986
8:30.58 … Alabama, 1992
8:33.50 … Virginia Tech, 2014
8:34.69 … Texas, 1992
8:34.82 … Tennessee, 2009
8:36.11 … LSU, 1985
8:36.53 … Kentucky, 1989
8:37.97 … BYU, 2012
8:38.71 … North Carolina, 1993
8:39.67 … Houston, 1988
8:40.74 … Providence, 1992
8:40.92 … Georgetown, 1992
8:41.16 … Indiana, 1990
8:41.61 … Virginia, 1985
8:42.79 … Purdue, 1984
8:43.06q … Boston College, 2017
8:43.46 … Princeton, 2017
8:43.49 … Baylor, 1991
8:44.21y … Florida State, 1982
8:44.22 … .Michigan, 1984
8:44.29 … Rice, 1989
8:44.57 … Monmouth, 2017
8:45.08 … Delaware, 2019

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