Distance medley relay
The distance medley relay is an athletic event in which four athletes compete as part of a relay. Unlike most track relays, each member of the team runs a different distance. A distance medley relay is made up of a 1200 meter leg, or three laps on a standard 400 meter track; a 400 meter leg, or one lap; an 800 meter leg, or two laps; and a 1600 meter leg, or four laps - in that order. The total distance run is 4000 meters or nearly 2.5 miles. Aside from the 400 meter segment, which is a sprint, all legs are a middle distance run.
The Kenyan team of Elkanah Angwenyi in 2:50.8 (1,200 meters), Thomas Musembi in 45.8 (400), Alfred Yego in 1:46.2 (800) and Alex Kipchirchir in 3:52.8 (1,600) currently hold the world outdoor best with a time of 9:15.56. This mark was set on April 29, 2006, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The United States team of Matthew Centrowitz in 2:49.47 (1,200 meters), Mike Berry in 46.40 (400), Erik Sowinski in 1:47.60 (800) and Pat Casey in 3:56.48 (1,600) currently hold the indoor world best in a time of 9:19.93. The mark was set on January 31, 2015 in New York City, New York.
The Villanova University Women's team of Kathy Franey in 3:20.9 (1,200 meters), Michelle Bennett in 52.9 (400 meters), Celeste Halliday in 2:04.7 (800 meters) and Vicki Huber in 4:29.9 (1,600 meters) currently hold the world best time of 10:48.38. This mark was set over twenty years ago at the Penn Relays in April 1988 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The United States women's team of Sarah Brown in 3:15.54 (1,200m), Mahogany Jones in 53.59 (400m), Megan Krumpoch in 2:05.68 (800m), and Brenda Martinez in 4:27.77 (1600 m) holds the indoor world record, at 10:42.57, set at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on February 7, 2015.
The United States Blue Team of Chris Lukezic in 2:51.7 (1,200 meters), James Carter in 45.6 (400 meters), Khadevis Robinson in 1:44.5 (800 meters), and Bernard Lagat in 3:53.8 (1,600 meters) set the Outdoor American Record of 9:15.63 at the Penn Relays on April, 29th 2006 as well, finishing second to the Kenyan World Record team.
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- Parker Morse (8 February 2015). "Willis mile win leads the string of indoor superlatives in Boston". IAAF. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
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