Westfield Blasts Historic Distance Relay Double

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There have been a handful of eye-popping and jaw-dropping distance relay doubles in New Jersey history, but no team has ever done what the Westfield boys accomplished at Wednesday's Shore Track Coaches Association Invitational at Ocean Breeze.

The Blue Devils torched the track by winning the DMR in 10:06.49 and about an hour later it captured the 4x800 in 7:52.34! The DMR time is No. 1 in the nation this season and No. 7 in NJ indoor history!! The 4x800 time is NJ No. 1/ US No. 5 this season!

But that doesn't begin to tell the whole story.

While there are three NJ teams who have run faster in both relay races in the same indoor season, what separates Westfield's achievement from any other team in state history is that the Blue Devils became the first NJ squad to ever run sub 10:10 and sub 7:53 in the same indoor season by using 8 different guys!

That's right, Westfield pulled off that double without doubling any of their runners!

Westfield's "Great Eight" were senior Graham Korins (2:03.49), junior Kaleb Stoeckmann (1:57.61), junior Ryan Daly (1:54.58), and senior Alexander Valencia (1:56.69) in the 4x800, and senior Tage Mehta (3:10.60), senior Emanuel Gayanilo (49.33), senior Jimmy Gildea (1:56.20), and senior Avery Keith (4:10.37) in the DMR!

The DMR was an epic showdown between NJ powers Westfield and CBA, who produced the top two times in the nation this season. Westfield took the lead for good on Gildea's 800 carry. CBA, with junior Joe Barrett anchoring in 4:12.30, finished second in 10:09.82, which is US No. 2 time this season, and No. 10 in NJ indoor history.

NJ now owns the top 3 boys DMR times in the country this season. Ridgewood is No. 3 with the 10:16.28 it ran at Monday's Varsity Classic at the NY Armory.