Practice makes perfect? Not for the Flower Mound Marcus girls track and field squad.
Turning a universal adage on its head, the Marcus 3,200-meter relay squad turned in the fastest time in America in the event at the Texas Relays. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, the four-girl unit’s 9:11.17 registered as the fastest time turned in by a high school 3,200 team in the nation in 2016. Marcus’ team of Maddy Reed, Payton Brown, Ryan Gossett and Quinn Owen captured the Texas Relays’ title in its first ever outing as a 3,200-meter team, with second-place finisher Katy logging the nation’s second-fastest time in the event, 9:12.32.
“I don’t think I have a good explanation, we just push each other,” Gossett told the Morning News. “We all run cross country and some of us run the 800 as individuals, so I think it’s just all of us wanting to help each other out.
“Running it as a relay is more fun. Anytime you can run any race with your teammates, it’s more fun. That’s especially true with the 800.”
Apparently it’s true when you set a national mark, too, whether the first or last time a relay squad is running together.
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