Paul VI ran a season-best 42.42 Thursday in the 400-meter relay qualifying rounds at the Outdoor Nationals, qualifying for the final on Friday.
The team of senior Matthew Jenkins and juniors Matthew Mazero, Cameron Serafinelli and Michael Mazero placed third in the first of three heats at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
There are no auto qualifiers. The nine-fastest times in three heats advanced to the final. Overall, Paul VI had the 7th-fastest time.
The only time Paul VI ran faster for a 4-by-1 was 2018, when the team of ran 42.25 and 41.96 at New Balance Nationals after a 42.28 at the Meet of Champions.
The time matches the No. 2 time in South Jersey this year, behind Rancocas Valley’s 41.99 to win the Meet of Champions last month. Deptford also ran 42.42, also at the Meet of Champions. It’s No. 4 in the state.
The final is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. EST Friday.