Relay Fireworks Finalize Day Three Of Florida Relays

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The final day of the 2016 Florida Relays provided plenty of fireworks and not just in the finals! The boys 4x400m prelims saw Miami Northwestern and Lincoln get into a little bumping on the track! Ricky Quintana recaps all the day three action!

Girls 4x800m Relay

Northwestern claimed the US #3 with its winning 9:15.76 performance in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

Boyd Anderson took the lead through the 400 meter with a 64 second opening lap. But De'Andreah Young put the Lady Bulls in the lead for good with a 2:16.6 split.

"For me the race felt pretty tough because my legs got tight, "said Young who ran the 4 x 400 meter prelims in the morning. " But I was able to get to first and hand off Shiree. I didn't feel as good as I did in the 4 x 4. I don't think I warmed up as good as I did for the 4 x 4, but I did good overall. "

Open 800 meter fourth placer Shiree Hinds increased the lead splitting 63.4, and 73.9(2:17.3) to hit the half way mark in 4:33.9.

" What was going through my mind was executing the second leg so I could bring it home to the third leg and fourth leg to lower our[team] time," said Hinds.

Open 800 meter sixth placer and sophomore Ayoola Gbolade got the baton next splitting 67.1 and 73(2:20). Wharton's Bryanna Rivers had a great leg to bring the Wildcats to second place.

A'sja Baker finished off the victory with a 63.8 and 77(2:20.8) to lead the Lady Bulls to the fastest Florida time this season.

"As the last leg, I didn't want to let my team down or myself down so I made the best of it and switched through the pain, "said Baker.

South Forsyth came up for second on the strength of a 2:14 leg by 1600m/3200m Savannah Carnahan. The 9:28.73 lowered their Georgia best time by 8.28 seconds and moved them to US #14.

Wharton was third in 9:29.13 for US #13, FL #7 and 3A #3 best.

Boys 4x800m Relay

Flagler Palm Coast's Justin Pacifico said his team was aiming for a seasonal best time in the 4 x 800 meter following his victory in the 800 meter Thursday. They did just that improving 1.07 seconds to 7:56.71 which was US #6, FL #2, and 4A #2 best time.

NW took the lead on the first leg hitting the 200m in 24.0 before Lake Mary's John Lyons took over at the 400m mark in 55.7. Lyons continued to power his Lake Mary team to first with a final circuit of 57.3 and 1:53 at the 800m. Behind him the pack came through in 1:58.

Lake Mary maintained their lead through 600 meters of the second lap before Flagler Palm Coast's Ka'Deem Wynn came from second to last to first to lead by one second in 2:54.

"I felt really great about my leg especially with the hand off. It was a big cluster," said Wynn who split about 1:56. "Everyone was running around here and there."

FPC maintained their lead through 750 meters of the next leg, but a big finish by NW and LM brought them home third entering the final leg. Also having a great leg was Creekside's Matthew Clark brought them to fourth and one second out of the lead.

"We had a good first two legs [Nick and Mateo]. It was kind of jumbled up there at the start. It was hard to get the hand-offs through, but we all did great," said Clark. "We tried to give this kid [pointing to Storey] the best chance we could to reel the first guy in and try to get a PR. I think if we took some people out of the race, we could do it."

FPC's Justin Pacifico caught NW with a 26 second 200m and a 54 second split to lead through 2800 meters in 6:02.

"That was perfect," said Pacifico when told he hit 26 seconds for the 200m. "I came through really relaxed and then on the backstretch someone said 'Go Creekside, Go Creekside' so I had to pick it up there to finish. I wished I would have finished harder, but I am pleased with the time and pleased with the effort."

That "Go Creekside" cheer was for Joseph Jackson Storey who ran 1:54 leg himself to chase Pacifico all the way to the line to a second place time of 7:57.54.

"We're just out here having fun. It's been a good weekend for us," said Storey of his team's US #9, FL #3 and 3A #1 time. "I was trying my hardest to catch him. I knew this might be one of the last races I run against him so I wanted to give him a run for his money."

Dr. Phillips's third place time of  7:59.18 was US #13,FL #4 and 4A #2.

Boys 4x100m Relay

Amercian Heritage stormed to victory to a US #7, FL #1 time of 40.95 as the skies opened up with a downpour.

Dr. Phillips came up for second holding off a big anchor leg by Manatee's Kavious Price to finish second in 41.55.

Girls 4x100m Relay

Northwestern was poised to win it's first of fourth Florida Relay titles and crossed the line first in 46.10. But the team was eventually disqualified for an exchange zone violation leaving Lincoln the winner in 47.13.

Boys 4x100m Relay

Amercian Heritage stormed to victory to a US #7, FL #1 time of 40.95 as the skies opened up with a downpour.

Dr. Phillips came up for second holding off a big anchor leg by Manatee's Kavious Price to finish second in 41.55.

Girls 4x400m Relay

Northwestern rebounded after being DQ'ed in the 4 x 100m with a 4.6 second win over Wharton. The Lady Bulls 3:43.63 was a 1.56 second improvement on their seasonal best and a US #4 time.

Wharton's time of 3:48.23 was good enough for US #13.

Boys 4x400m Relay

US #5 and FL's #1 Miami Northwestern was bumped off the track in the 4 x 400m relay prelims, but no violation was called as they failed to qualify for the 4 x 400m finals.

That left a bit of a void in the finals as US  #7 American Heritage came from behind to take the lead from Hallandale and win going away in a time of 3:15.17.