4A Boys State Meet Preview By Event

4x800 Meter Relay

The Dulaney boys held the top 4x800 spot in the state for roughly a month before Northwest bested them by a second at the Montgomery County Championships. Are we in for another great 4x800 race at this year's state meet? (Photo by Craig Amoss)

TeamSeason BestRegional Performance
Northwest8:11.35 (MoCo Champs)8:37.96 (1st, 4AW)
Dulaney8:12.38 (Frostbite Invite)8:33.17 (1st, 4AC)
North Point8:15.96 (4A East Regionals)8:15.96 (1st, 4AE*)
Montgomery Blair8:19.07 (Last Track to Philly)8:41.59 (2nd, 4AW)
Springbrook8:19.89 (MoCo Champs)8:45.57 (4th, 4AW)
Severna Park8:22.71 (AACo Champs)8:36.48 (2nd, 4AC)
B-CC8:29.06 (MoCo Invite)8:43.85 (3rd, 4AW)

The last two indoor 4A 4x800 meter races have been pretty crazy, and it may not be much different this season. The Northwest boys boast the top time in the state this season, but with a caveat: they didn't actually cross the line first. The B-CC boys ran approximately 8:10 at the Montgomery County Championships but were disqualified, meaning that Northwest's time of 8:11.35 stands as the fastest in Maryland at the moment. The Jaguars did win the 4A West Regionals outright by four seconds to cement their status as one of the favorites.

Speaking of favorites, the Dulaney boys held the top spot in Maryland for awhile with their 8:12.38 performance at the Frostbite Invitational. They ran the fastest time at the Armory this season in their victory over Severna Park at the 4A Central Regionals, and both teams should be right in the thick of things at states.

North Point, Montgomery Blair and Springbrook are the other three 4A teams that have run under 8:20 so far this season, and it's not too big of a gap to see any one of those teams still in the race with a lap to go. Here's to hoping the tradition of close and thrilling 4x800 races continues this season.