Whippets 4x800 Shooting For State

  • 4/25/2017 2:32:42 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

Shelby, OH-  At last year's state track meet in Columbus, the Shelby boy's 4x800 meter relay team took 14th at 8:19.7.  Good enough to compete, not quite good enough for the podium.  But, at the running of the Mansfield Mehock Relays a couple of weeks ago, the quartet of Danny Friebel, Tyler Green, Alexander Moore, and Sam Logan bettered that by 12 seconds at 8:07.3 to win the event.  Not a bad time for early in the season.  

For Shelby head track coach Chris Zuercher, the cupboard for middle distance runners is full. "We just look at 800 times and that gives us an idea of who can jump in.  We've got probably four or five other guys who are right there.  It will be tough to make a relay card for a 4x800 because we've got four or five other guys at 2:08 or under.  We've got a real nice middle distance group."

Leadoff man Danny Friebel talks about some of the training.  "We've been getting some mileage lately, getting in some long runs getting a base to have the endurance and then we'll do some speed workouts, lots of 400's mid-distance type workouts that we do to train for the 800 and making sure you have the leg speed to keep up and finish the 800."

"I'm not so much of a guy who can stay in front," says number two man Tyler Green.  "If I have a big enough lead, I'll hold it.  But if anybody passes me, I'll lock on to them and I stay with them."

"If I have the lead I just run as fast as I can," says number three man Alexander Moore.  "You don't know how far they are behind you so you have to run as fast as you can.  If you don't have the lead, I try not to go out too fast so that I can make up ground near the end whenever they are dying." 

Anchorman Sam Logan brought home the baton at the Mehock Relays with a runner from Ashland pushing him for both laps.  "I felt like I didn't want to let my team down so I tried to go as hard as I could and maintain that lead and then at the end just stay ahead of them."

Asked what team he would like to go up against Green said, "I'm really looking forward to seeing Lexington to see what they have put together.  They were number one last year.  They are bringing back two guys from that team so I will be curious to see how fast they are."

Last year, the Lexington team of Ryan Johnston, Bailey Stauch, Forrest Voltz and Nick Stricklen, won the Division II 4x800 meter relay in 7:48.5.  The win helped the Lex boys to a Division II team runner-up finish at the 2016 state track and field championships.  

Shelby and Lex will go up against each other at the Galion Invite coming up on Friday, May 5th with the meet beginning at 4 pm at Heise Park. 

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