(This has been edited to top-12 teams due to a new state I found that breaks into the party - April 19, 2020)
Penn Relays Fantasy Boys Championship of America DMR
I went to Penn, ran at Penn, and basically think the Penn Relays is the greatest track meet in the world...Yes, I realize I am biased. But, be that as it may, it truly is one of the top track and field carnivals in the country, if not the world. So, when Penn Relays got canceled (with every other meet out there as well) I was devastated, to say the least.
But, now with this newfound position as AZ MileSplit State Editor, I thought I'd have some fun and do maybe not the next best thing outside of "The Relays", but something I hope you the readers find entertaining. What is that? It's putting together the top-10 all-time fantasy boys' DMR teams in the U.S., based on what state they are from.
So how does this work?
We scoured our databases and figured out what the best boys' high school DMR teams would be based on all-time performance lists. The four runners (400, 800, 1200, and 1600) have to be from the same state at any time in history. If a boy has the top times in more than one event (say the 800 and 1600), then we would take the next fastest all-time athlete in that state for that event. To be fair, we would try to create the fastest team. For example, if we had a boy who had both the fastest times in his state of 4:04 (1600) and 1:49 (800), but the second all-time state runners in those races were 4:08 and 1:50, we would make these maneuvers. We would put the 4:04 boy in the 1600-meter leg and the 1:50 boy in the 800-meter leg because the team is only losing a second in the 800 with the second-fastest state boy but would be losing a net of 3 seconds if we put the 4:04 in the 800m instead.
No one really ever runs 1200 meters
You're right! So what we decided to do is take the second-fastest all-time 1600-meter runner in each state and convert his time to a 1200-meter using a conversion calculator (rounded to the nearest second) - not perfect, but it's fair enough. We decided to use the second-fastest 1600-meter runner and not the second-fastest 800-meter runner in each state just because we felt there are many 400/800 guys, so moving up to 1200 meters may be a stretch. Also, we converted any mile times run by these boys to 1600-meter times, if they would get a faster time. We used this conversion table to get these times.
And we also converted a boys' mile time (if he had run one) to 1200 meters, if that was a better conversion from his best 1600-meter time.
Why only top-12?
For one, it's a heck of a lot of cross-referencing that goes into something like this. Two, the top-12 DMR times were all pretty amazing and there was a drop off after the first 1, 2to be honest.
You're missing a runner (or a state)!
And this is where it gets fun and we can start to debate. We hopefully covered our bases with these top-12 teams, but we obviously could have missed a few runners, and if that is the case, then please let us know.
The boys' DMR Penn Relays record was set by Hopewell Valley High School (NJ), 9:57.7 in 2018 - Teddy Meredith (3:02.69), Amos Barnes (50.96), Tim Dolan (1:56.56), Sean Dolan (4:07.57).
All of our fantasy DMR teams break this record by nearly 20 seconds. The average 400-meter split is 46.06. The average 800-meter split is 1:48.71. The average 1200-meter split is 2:59.08. And our 1600-meter split average is 3:59.91.
The fantasy team with the longest time span in years between the leg with the most recent runner and the leg with the oldest runner is 47 years. The fantasy team with the closest time span in years is only 2 years.
Lastly, we have 3 teams from the Eastern U.S., 2 teams from the Western U.S., 1 Team from the Southwestern U.S., 1 team from the South Central U.S., and 5 teams from the Midwestern U.S. (one of those teams is our honorable mention).
We have tried to include as many videos of these individuals as we could find (either in our archives or YouTube).
Let's start the countdown
We will start with our #12 team in our all-time boys' DMR Penn Relays Championship of America squad from the Midwestern part of the United States.