The Revere High girls indoor 4 x 200 meter relay team of Amanda Digitale, Ha Nguyen, Camden Sigouin, and Theresa Santiano-McHatton set a new school record in that event at Saturday’s State Meet held at the Reggie Lewis Center. The quartet’s time of 1:55.69 bettered the prior mark of 1:56.55.
“After our first 4 x 200 race earlier in the season, I told the girls that not only do we have a chance to qualify for States, but a shot at the school record,” said RHS coach Sam Ros. “I was well aware of the speed that each of them have. Our only problem had been the hand-offs. The girls worked hard all season trying to get the best hand-offs possible. At states, the hand-offs were great and they all pushed themselves very hard.
“Amanda led off with her best split all season,” continued Ros. “As usual, Amanda and Ha’s hand-off was almost perfect and then Ha ran a great second leg. Camden ran the fastest split of the team on the third leg, and Theresa brought it home.”
Ros said he stopped his watch with a time of 1:55.64, so he knew they probably broke the record, but had to wait for it to be official.
“When the results finally came on the scoreboard with a time of 1:55.69, I gave the girls the thumbs up,” said the coach. “It was a great way to end the season. I am very proud of each of them.” The 4 x 200 team’s effort earned them 22nd place in the large field. The winning time was 1:43.57, which was a meet record.
Ros also lauded the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Colby Hough, Jessica Simpson, Taren Kershaw, and Tayla Hough, whom, he said, “also had great race. I had told them that they could get under 4:30. Colby led off the race with her best 400 meter split of 66.2. Jessica went second with her best split of 67.5, then Taren and Tayla finished it off with splits of 68.3 and 67.2 respectively. They finished with a time of 4:29.3, their best effort ever.” Their performance placed them 21st in the field, which saw a winning time of 4:05.02.
Colby and Tayla Hough continued their solid performances in their individual races in the 600 and 1000 meter runs respectively. Colby ran a 1:45.96, good for 16th position. The winning time was a meet record of 1:34.55. Tayla completed her 1000 run in 3:18.69, good for 18th spot. The winning time in the 1000 was 3:00.16.
“During the past four years, no other girls have been more reliable and consistent than Colby and Tayla,” said Ros. “They both have school records to show for their hard work. I am extremely proud to have gotten the chance to coach them.”
Jessica Simpson continued to show why Ros terms her “the most hardworking girl on the team,” as she ran the mile in 5:42.99, which placed her in 20th position. The winning time in that race was 5:00.02.
“Jessica’s effort and dedication continue to show since being switched to the one mile race,” said Ros. “She never thinks she will do well before a race, but always impresses me. Once again, the race went out hard for the first quarter, but Jessica was right there behind the leaders. After the first half mile, she was on pace to run her best mile. Things slowed down a little bit in the third quarter, but she regrouped for the final quarter and crossed the line in 5:42.99, a new personal best. Her diligence has paid off. I wish every coach could have one Jessica Simpson on their team.
“This past State Meet marks the end of a wonderful season for us,” added the coach. “School records were broken and personal bests were set. We are losing the majority of the team to graduation. They will be missed but never forgotten.”
On the boys’ side, two Patriots, Souhil Arariche and Brahim Rhazi, competed against the best in Division I. Souhil ran the 55 meter dash in 6.92 seconds to finish in 21st place in the large field. The winning time was 6.41, which tied the meet record.
Brahim ran the mile in 4:33.97, good for 13th spot among the state’s elite runners, which was not too far off the winning time of 4:19.59.