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Kellenberg 3,200 relay clocks fastest in country

Kellenberg's anchor leg, Dylan Murphy, reacts after crossing

Kellenberg's anchor leg, Dylan Murphy, reacts after crossing the finish line in first place in the boy's 4x800 meters at the CHSAA Intersectional track and field championships. (May 26, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Kellenberg boys 3,200 meter relay team is off to a running start.

A time of 7 minutes, 57.6 seconds at Saturday's CHSAA Relay Carnival at the Armory was the best in the country this season, according to coach Kevin Buckley. The all-senior team was made up of Jim McQuade (2:04.1), Randall Turner (1:58.6), James Malebranche (1:59.8), and Dylan Murphy (1:55.1).

Buckley was surprised that his team was able to run that well so early in the season.

"It won't be the [top] number for long," he said. "But it may be us [setting the mark] again."

Turner and Murphy were on the 3,200-relay team last year. That unit clocked a low time of 7:42.57. Buckley expects this team to run in the 7:40s by the end of the season.

"I thought they would run well," Buckley said. "But I was surprised they ran this well. It's going to be a fast year for this race."

The Kellenberg girls also preformed well at the carnival.

The distance medley relay of Liz Magno, Carly Montgomery, Deidre Lewin and Jazmine Fray finished first with a time of 12:52.7, according to coach Marty Brown.

Fray, along with Melanie Blot, Carly Montgomery, and Bridget McNierney, won the 4 x 400-meter relay, clocking 4:05.7.

McNierney won the 55-hurdles in 8.9 seconds. Natalie Jean won the shot put with a distance of 38 feet, 10 inches.

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