Lincoln-Sudbury’s 4 x 800 girls' relay team pulled off a come-from-behind win to set the tone for the New England track and field championships Friday night. They were in eighth place when their third runner, Marika Crowe, who placed third at all-states last week in the 1,000 meters, received the baton and immediately went to work.
Slowly, but surely, Crowe put the Warriors, especially their anchor, the fastest 1,000 meter runner in the country, Andrea Keklak, in prime position to pull out the win.
Lincoln-Sudbury got off to a rocky start with its first runner Emily Rudder falling into 10th place. Rudder knew her team would pick her up. The baton was then passed to Madison Acton, who attempted to gain some ground on the field. “I passed two people,” said Action. “I was hoping to pass more.” She put the Warriors in eighth before Crowe took over.
Crowe began to make her way to the front of the pack, moving up five places into third. It was now time for their anchor to finish the job.
Trailing the anchors from Lasalle and Wachusetts, Keklak easily took the lead in her second lap. Along with setting her personal best time at 2:09.4, Keklak helped the Warriors tie for the second fastest time in the country for the 4 x 800 girls' relay with a time of 9:13.72. “We wanted to go for No. 1,” said Rudder. “But two isn’t bad.”
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