The national outdoor record holders were back in action for the longest relay on the track, with Saratoga tackling the 4x1600m at the New York Relays. Running the same formation as their winning 4xMile team in the 2021 Outdoor Nationals and 2022 Indoor Nationals, the girls took the title in 19:48.59. Ella Kurto (4:59.63), Alycia Hart (5:04.21), Mackenzie Hart (4:53.48) and Emily Bush (4:51.25) combined for the best effort over the distance this spring, edging out Newbury ParkCA, who had just run 19:48.81 at the Mt. SAC relays.
The brand is the third all-time US brand on the 4xMile list, the most converted brand in the field. Metric events are converted to legacy marks for archival purposes. Only seven teams have broken 20 minutes in the outside relay, including two at Saratoga in the past two years. When you include indoor brands, that number increases to ten teams in total. Two of those additions are again Saratoga, with the final being the all-time national record set by mound of flowers of Texas this year indoors, at 7:37.78. All-time records are those indoor marks that better their outdoor counterparts, more typical in field events than on the track.
Saratoga’s start to the season sets up a potential clash between them, Newbury and Flower Mound down the road. Currently, there are four national post-season invitations. Three of them will most likely carry the full 4xMile as an event. Saratoga attended the Nike Outdoor Nationals to set his record in 2021 and will most likely return, pending scheduling. Could we see another record smash like we did last year? Stay tuned to find out.
All-Time 4xMile List
19:40.67 Saratoga Springs 2021
19:45.37 Niwot 2021
19:55.53c Saratoga Springs 2022
19:55.75c Newbury Park 2022
19:56.75 Suffern 2006
19:59.95c Grand Oak 2016
The race starts at 6:30.55