The girls of Grosse Pointe South (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) highlighted the first session of the MHSAA Michigan Division I state meet with a scorching state record 8:48.29 for 4x800 meters, also breaking the National Federation record and moving to #4 all-time overall.
The previous Fed mark was 8:49.88 by Garden City, N.Y. during the 2010 New York state meet. Only Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.; 8:43.12 in 2008 Penn Relays), Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.) and that same Garden City team (8:46.98 and 8:47.10 in the 2010 Nike Outdoor Nationals) have run faster in any level of competition.
GP South got legs of 2:13.0 by Kelsie Schwartz, 2:13.4 by Ersula Farrow, 2:13.3 by junior Haley Meier and 2:08.2 by junior Hannah Meier. Farrow broke the race open during her second leg. Runner-up Birmingham Seaholm, despite being more than 15 seconds back, nearly broke the old state mark themselves with a 9:06.62.
The same quartet, competing as Grosse Pointe Running Club, won the New Balance Indoor Nationals distance medley relay with an 11:39.29, the top national mark of the season. Coming into Saturday, they had run a US#2 8:59.69 for 4x8 outdoors. Hannah Meier was the NBNI indoor champ in the mile and represented the USA in the World Youth Champs last summer.