PHILADELPHIA - The Pleasantville High School boys 4x800-meter relay team gutted its way to a spot in the Championship of America race at The Penn Relays Carnival on Friday morning.
The Greyhounds foursome of Dagoberto Arias, Radcliffe Narinensingh and twins Isaac and Jacob Clark came from behind to win their heat in 7 minutes, 47.85 seconds at Franklin Field.
Pleasantville’s time was the third fastest of the 71 teams who ran in four heats. The 12 fastest times qualified for the Championship of America to be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Pleasantville just edged Bensalem of Pennsylvania, which ran 7:47.94.
Jacob Clark ran a 1:51 anchor leg for Pleasantville. He passed Bensalem’s Kyle Francis (1:52.9) in the final 10 meters. Jacob got the baton in fifth place.
“At first, I didn’t know if I could catch him,” Jacob said, “but I told myself to keep staying positive and keep doing what I’m doing.”
Isaac also rallied the Greyhounds. He received for the baton for the second leg in 11th place and handed it off in first. Isaac ran a 1:50.5 leg.
Arias led off for the Greyhounds with a 2:01.3 leg. Narinensingh ran the third leg in 2:05.1.
Chaminade of Mineola, N.Y. ran the fastest qualifying time, winning its heat in 7:47.08.
Only one local high school – the 2007 Southern Regional girls distance medley team – has won a Championship of America race. No New Jersey team has won the 4x400 Championship of America race since Willingboro in 1983.
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