Altoona relays 2nd in 1,600, 3rd in 400
June 21, 2009


GREENSBORO, N.C. - Everyone may wish for silver and gold, but the Altoona Area High School boys track and field relay teams will be satisfied with silver and bronze.

The Mountain Lions took second place in the 1,600-meter relay at the Nike Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T Saturday night. Earlier in the day, Altoona finished third in the 400 relay.

By virtue of their finishes, both teams became National Federation of High Schools All-Americans. The Mountain Lions won PIAA gold in both events last month.

"We're really excited,'' Altoona coach Mike Adams said. "We're just really proud. What they've accomplished this year is unbelievable. I'll never forget it, and I'm sure they won't, either.''

Only a meet-record time by New Bern, N.C., High School of 3 minutes, 8.05 seconds denied the Mountain Lion four-by-four of Mike Treese, Chris Carper, Aaron Nadolsky and Brady Gehret the gold. Altoona crossed the finish in 3:13.38, the fifth fastest time in the country this year. No one else was within a second of the top two spots.

Gehret ran a 45.5-second split, which was announced as the fastest of the two-day meet.

Treese, Nadolsky, Gehret and D.J. Greene posted the second-fastest time ever for a Pennsylvania team of 41.29 seconds in the four-by-one. Harrisburg set the state mark of 41.14 at the 1998 PIAA championships.

"To be second best in state history is really amazing,'' Adams said.

Ben Davis, Ind., High School was first at 41.09, while Radl Track Club was second at 41.17. Three other teams also cracked the 42-second mark.


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