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Chaminade sets school record in distance medley relay at Eastern States

Chaminade's anchor leg Tom Slattery takes his team

Chaminade's anchor leg Tom Slattery takes his team to a second-place finish and school record in the boys' distance medley during the Eastern States Championships. (Feb. 25, 2013) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

A Chaminade record may have been broken Monday night, but at least it's staying in the family. Gunnar Nolan, Sean Kelly, Caelum Maloney and Thomas Slattery made up the Flyers' foursome that ran the distance medley relay at the 79th annual Eastern States Championship at the Armory in Manhattan.

Their 10-minute, 15.40-second mark was good for second place and broke the school record of 10:16.88 set at the 2010 Eastern States. William Slattery, Thomas' brother, was a member of the previous record-holding team.

"He had a great time when he was [at Chaminade]," Thomas said. "I'm glad I'm taking over his times. He's taught me everything I know."

Slattery ran the 1,600-meter anchor leg in 4:21.20, according to coach Brian Hayes.

"I let the guy ahead of me gap me out a little bit too much," Slattery said. "But I was feeling great. We had a nice week of training last week and performed really nicely as a team. The guys set me up pretty nicely."

Nolan opened the race, clocking 3:08.80 in the 1,200 leg.

"It went out fast, but strung out very quickly, probably within the first lap," Nolan said. "I took it out pretty conservatively, thinking I could stick with [my opponent]. With a little less than two laps to go, I tried to make a move, but the West Windsor runner was too far ahead of me."

New Jersey's West Windsor-Plainsboro South took first in 10:13.60. Northport's squad, composed of James Dickinson, Tim McGowan, Chris Odin and Dan Thorne, finished third, clocking 10:16.26.

Though Chaminade won't be running the distance medley relay again until the New Balance Indoor Nationals on March 8, some athletes used Monday night's meet to enhance their preparation for Saturday's New York State meet at Cornell University.

Bay Shore junior Anisa Toppin placed second in the triple jump, leaping 37 feet 111/4 inches. She will be going to Cornell this weekend for a shot at the state title.

"I'm satisfied, but not completely satisfied," Toppin said. "This meet showed me what I could do better at states and what I have to work on in practice this week."

Toppin also placed second in the long jump at 18-91/4. Manhasset's Tara Belinsky took third in the shot put, throwing 42-4.

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