Rancocas Valley girls win first Penn Relays Large-School title with fastest time in 13 years!!!!!

The Rancocas Valley girls blew away the field Thursday in the Penn Relays South Jersey Large-School 1,600-Meter Relay, running 3:51.76 and winning by 35 meters.

This is the first time R.V. has ever won the Penn Relays Large-School race. The Red Devils won the small-school race in 4:03.62 in 2007 after being erroneously placed in the wrong division.

R.V.’s time is fastest in the Penn Relays Large-School race in 13 years, since Woodrow Wilson ran 3:50.81 back in 2006.

The Red Devils ended a three-year winning streak by Winslow Township, which placed second in 3:56.91.

R.V. advanced to the Philadelphia Area 1,600-Meter Relay Championships, which is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

Sophomore Sheriyah Nutt led off for R.V. in 58.12, which had R.V. in second place, just behind Lenape, which got a 57.50 leadoff from senior Shelby Whetstone.

Senior Brianna Snowden ran second for R.V., and her 57.99 split gave the Red Devils the lead. Sophomore Alyssa Leak (58.34) and freshman Anabella Chin (57.33) finished up for Rancocas Valley.

Snowden and Nutt also ran on R.V.’s 400-meter relay team, which ran 47.91 and advanced to two regional championship races later this weekend

The time is only about 1 1/2 seconds off R.V.’s school record of 3:50.36, which they set at the Meet of Champions last spring.

Same as the 4-by-100, R.V.’s time was second-fastest by a New Jersey school, behind only Union Catholic. The Scotch Plains school ran 3:45.39 and qualified for Friday’s Championship of America.

R.V. ranked 15th overall in the 4-by-4 out of 608 entrants.

Millville (3:56.75) was next-fastest out of South Jersey in a class race. Senior Malea Broome (59.58), senior Raelynne Miller (59.53), sophomore Zaniah Bowman (60.29) and freshman Bryanna Craig (57.36) ran for Millville, which isn’t eligible for the Philadelphia Area race.

Winslow, which also advanced to the Philadelphia Area race, got a 57.07 second leg from junior Janeya Hammond and an 58.03 anchor from junior Nylah Perry and ran 3:56.91 for second, with senior Nicole Hood (60.76) and senior Rayven Rouse (61.07). Paul VI was third in 3:58.16 with senior Carly Schmidt (61.51), junior Blair Daniels (59.28), freshman Sofia Erichetti (59.67) and junior Aliya Rae Garozzo (57.71).

Here’s the field for Saturday’s Philadelphia Area race:
3:51.76 … Rancocas Valley (Mount Holly)
3:53.35 … Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.)
3:54.88 … Paul Robeson (Philadelphia)
3:55.54 … Coatesville (Coatesville, Pa.)
3:55.85 … Central Bucks West (Doylestown, Pa.)
3:56.62 … Cheltenham (Wyncote, Pa.)
3:56.91 … Winslow (Atco)
3:57.24 … North Penn (Lansdale)
3:58.16 … Paul VI (Haddon Township)
3:58.66 … Upper Darby (Upper Darby Pa.)
4:00.23 … Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.)
4:02.27 … Tatnall (Wilmington, Del.)

Penn Relays Large-School 4-by-4 Winners
2019 … Rancocas Valley, 3:51.76
2018 … Winslow Twp., 3:55.79
2017 … Winslow Twp., 3:51.84
2016 … Winslow Twp., 3:55.97
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

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