On This Date: Oxon Hill Sprint Medley Scorches Sportsplex

Photo by Brandon Miles

The Oxon Hill boys were one of the top mid-distance squads in the entire country during the 2016-17 track season. Led by seniors Gary Ross (1:52.62 800) and Aaron Robinson (47.27 400) they clocked a 7:40 4x800 at the Penn Relays, a 3:12 4x400 at the state meet and a 3:21 sprint medley relay at outdoor nationals. But before all that, in just their second meet of the indoor season, the Clippers clocked a 3:33 sprint medley at the Prince George's County Relays.

At the time it was the fastest time in the country by over five seconds. It was an incredible performance on a flat track, one highlighted by the fact that the top ten times in the country throughout the rest of the season were all achieved on the banked track at the Armory in New York City. Oxon Hill did not run another sprint medley relay that season, but their early-season, flat track time of 3:33.55 still wound up as the US #11 performance on the season and just one second behind the number five time.

Only one other team in the history of the Prince George's County Relays has even broken the 3:40 barrier at the early-season meet (Eleanor Roosevelt ran 3:39.78 at the 2013-14 Prince George's County Relays).