Progression of the record:
For 16 years the mile relay record of 4:16.1 was held
by the 1980 team of Margaret Scott, Pam Pendleton, Kathy Nicolls and Teta
Murphy. When CHS changed their records to metric equivalents the 4x400
record converted to 4:14.6.
In 1996 three fast freshmen came along and joined forces with
our ace senior miler, Jessica
Lunt, and started chasing the record. On the strength of a great anchor
leg by Lunt they finally got it the last meet of the season at the CIF
prelims by running 4:14.45 (automatic timing). This time was only .15
seconds faster than the old record and was run on Balboa's fast synthetic
track as opposed the dirt track the original record was set on (Mt. Carmel).
In 1997 another freshman (Kiley Dunlap) came along and the other
three girls on the team were a little faster. This combination produced
a time nearly identical to the 1996 record (4:14.40). Since the last two
performances were so close and the 1980 record was run on dirt as well
as being on a longer track I consider all of the performances prior to
the 1999 standard of 4:12.70 to be equal.
1999 record of 4:12.70 was set by Jennifer
Robbins, Kiley Dunlap, Kathleen Taylor and Samantha Piper
After a year of relative obscurity the girls track team got a boost in 2001 from three fast freshmen, Beth Wittry, Nila Heurtelou and Katherine Wingert, who teamed up with senior Lani Kuhlow at the CIF finals to knock over 2 seconds off the girls 4 x 400 record with a time of 4:10.29. To be accurate, they broke their own record of 4:12.2 set the previous week at the CIF Prelims. The record prior to that was 4:12.70 set in 1999 by Jennifer Robbins, Kiley Dunlap, Kathleen Taylor and Samantha Piper. Kuhlow, her freshman sister Janel, Heurtelou and Wittry nearly broke the 4 x 100 record at both the prelims and finals, missing it by 1/100th of a second at the prelims running 50.92 automatic time. Lani was a part of that record of 50.91 in 1999. She also set the 100 meter high hurdle record in 2001.
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