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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Jesuit HS's national record setting DMR team from 1986

The photo to the left was shared by Jesuit HS coach Walt Lange and was taken a few days after the record setting effort. From left to right is Mark Mastalir (3:00.0), Paul Thomas (1:57), Eric Mastalir (4:07.8) and Dan Cahill (51). At that time, the order of the DMR was 800, 400, 1200, 1600. You can read a bit more about the record setting team in the Sacramento Bee newspaper article below. The record lasted for one season as McCullough, Tx ran 9:53.31 in 1987. Jesuit's time remains the California record and the 7th fastest US all-time. 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Surprising Great Oak has not taken a shot at that.

Albert Caruana said...

Great Oak was talking about going after a national record but after running the 4 x 800 and 4 x 1600 the day before, they fell short of the national and california records in the DMR.

Anonymous said...

They did not run the A team in the DMR, I believe.

Albert Caruana said...

They ran an A and B team. Their B team almost finished in 2nd place with 10:14.x.

Anonymous said...

In California, with all the history, depth and incredible athletes, even a massive school like with a huge team like Great Oak, needs to focus on one race per meet to have legitimate shots at state or national records. In a DMR, you are going to be hard pressed to make a run at a record if your 1,600/1,200 runners can't get under 7:10 combined and even then you would need to have a low 1:50 800 runner. Coming back and running PR level races in a 4x8 or 4x16 just isn't realistic. No disrespect to Great Oak, their depth got them an incredibly impressive 4x16 record, but the 4x8 would require 4 sub-1:52.5 averages!

Anonymous said...

4x8 I would say no way for GO. Fresh, I think the A team would have at least an outside shot to get close. One heck of a record.

Albert Caruana said...

I think fresh, Great Oak would break Jesuit's DMR record. The national record is TOUGH! You had Alan Webb running 3:59.8. That is tough to make up.

GHPADD said...

I think the record books should indicate whether the track record was on a dirt track or an artificial surface. Realistically, beating a dirt track record by less than 2 seconds, for a DMR, was/is probably very close to the same time as a dirt track. (my opinion of course!!)

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