LAKEWOOD – Plans to run the 4x200 relay developed mid-season for East High School.
The Eagles already had a stacked 4x100 team, which includes Luc Andrada, Joe Padula, Kain Medrano and Marvin London Jr.
But competing at state in the 4x200, composed of Medrano, Padula Oscar Michel-Flores and Andrada, never dawned on the Eagles.
Now, that quartet holds the top time of 1 minute, 29.18 seconds heading to today’s finals of the Class 4A state track and field championships at Jefferson County Stadium.
“We we’re just planning on running it, qualifying it once and bringing some more alternates up to state with us,” Andrada said. “As far as actually competing for a title in it wasn’t on our minds until we hit a 1:30.50 in it. It’s cool to see all of these dudes come out here and give it their all and run these fast splits.
“It’s a hard race and people overlook the 4x2. It’s a race that doesn’t happen in college so we’re going to have fun with it here.”
As will Pueblo West, which also qualified for finals of the event and clocked in at 1:29.62.
It’s the group’s fastest time of the year and seeds them third in the event.
Cyclones coach Brandi Menegatti is proud of what the boys relay accomplished on the opening day of the event.
“(Thursday) for the boys was about checking boxes,” Menegatti said. “I expect them to run hard and give me what they got. Performing your best when it counts is what it’s all about.”
Prior to Thursday, the Cyclones ran their best time in the competition at their home meet, the Pueblo West Cyclone Invitational.
They placed first in the race to move up in the rankings and were seeded right behind East prior to state.
Pueblo West shaved off more time to stay on pace with East, which cut more than a second from its seed time it set at the Ram Charger on April 27, which also took place at Jefferson County Stadium.
Both relay teams have a shot to bring home a crown in the event and vie for the title of fastest 800 relay team in Pueblo.
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