Old Saybrook’s 4x100 Relay Places 2nd at Nationals
The Old Saybrook girls’ outdoor track team’s 4x100 relay posted a second-place finish when the Rams recently competed among the nation’s elite high school athletes at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals meet. Junior Abby Colella, junior Avery Rueckert, sophomore Sanai Baker, and senior Anna Brodeur represented the Rams in the relay when the national competition was held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia from June 16 to 19.
Old Saybrook’s quartet of Colella, Rueckert, Baker, and Brodeur participated in the Rising Stars heat of the 4x100 relay at Outdoor Nationals. The team started off by running in the preliminaries and came in seventh place with a time of 49.42 seconds, advancing to the finals while placing ahead of 21 other relay teams in the event.
The Rams’ 4x100 relay was one of eight units that made it to the final heat at Nationals. Colella, Rueckert, Baker, and Brodeur took it to a new level by lowering their time to 48.92 seconds to claim second place overall for the 4x100. Thee Stallions of Virginia finished in first place with a time of 48.61 seconds.
Old Saybrook’s 4x100 relay enjoyed a plethora of success during the postseason this spring. The Rams’ team of Colella, Rueckert, Baker, and Brodeur finished in first place at the Class S State Championship by posting a school-record time of 49.34 seconds. They went on to break their own school record with a time of 49.12 in a second-place performance at the State Open Championship the following week. A few days later, the Rams’ 4x100 relay took second place at the New England Championship by finishing with a mark of 48.37, breaking their school record one more time.