Boys Track: OC sets relay record

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By Brad Stephens

Four Oldham County boys broke a record Saturday that was older than they were.

OC runners Ben Hoffman, Josh Corral, Samuel Pyle and Seth Boaz ran the 4x400 relay in 3:24.14 Saturday at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.

That time eclipsed the school record of 3:25.38, which Colonels coach Brian Crumbo said was set at the state track meet in June 1993.

“I was just so happy that we finally got it after me going after it for three years,” Corral said.

Corral nearly broke the record running with three seniors two years ago when he was a sophomore.

That group came within half a second of the school record, but couldn’t quite break it.

Coming up short on breaking the record in the past was big motivation for this group, said Corral, who ran the relay’s final leg.

“It was great,” he said. “It was definitely helpful to know that all three guys ahead of me had ran great legs.

“At state we could’ve had the record but our third leg got blocked out and he had to pretty much completely stop to get the handoff... That took at least a second and we were within a half second of the record. So we knew we could get it, we just didn’t know we’d be running that kind of time.”

Eight Colonel runners participated in nationals. Along with the four boys, Summer Wheeler, Sarah McMurchie, Cami Kogut and Melissa Arvidson ran the girls relays.

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