Boys indoor track relay places high at Nationals


Mary Ann Magnant

Junior Tyler Lipps runs past competition to pass the baton to the next leg, Davis Young.

Chloe Bishop, Staff Writer

Boys indoor track distance medley relay, or DMR, ran their best time at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York in early March. After being seeded in the low 20’s, the boys dropped 10 seconds and ended up placing 13th in the nation out of 33 with a time of 10:18.98.

“We placed very well, but placed short of our goal of earning All-American medals,” said coach Mike Nestor.

The relay consisted of seniors Brent Bailey and Jacob Bushey, and juniors Tyler Lipps and Davis Young. Even though half of the relay consists of seniors, they expect to do just as well next year.

“Ocean Lakes has a deep distance team and the relay, with continual practice, looks promising next year,” said junior Davis Young.

Prior to the big race, runners prepared by taking runs and workouts easier. According to Tyler, they focused on sleep and getting mentally ready.

“The best way to train for running is by running,” said senior Jacob Bushey. “We also prioritize stretching and cross training to keep our bones, muscles, and joints healthy.”

In addition to the exceptional performance from the relay team, freshman Harrison Ladd ran two days later at Nationals and placed 19th in the freshman mile out of 28 with a time of 4:37.

“In future years, I hope to keep coming back to Nationals and to compete with the upperclassmen,” said freshman Harrison Ladd.

The relay also beat their biggest rival, Western Branch.

“There is no question that Western Branch is our greatest rival, and they bring out the best in us,” said Nestor.

The boys are expecting to continue their streak in outdoor track as well.

“We will be competing in more national races in outdoor like New Balance Outdoor Nationals and Penn Relays,” said junior Tyler Lipps.