Girls relay sets national record

By Eli Haims

The four members of the girls’ distance medley relay team broke the national record for the event by nine seconds at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday, June 18. Cami Chapus ’12, KC Cord ’11, Lauren Hansson ’11 and Amy Weissenbach ’12 ran the 10 lap event in a time of 11:23.22.

Weissenbach started off the race strongly in the 1200-meter leg, with a time of 3:24.85, giving the Wolverines a five-second lead over the other competitors. After Cord’s 400-meter 58.46 split and Hansson’s 800-meter time of 2:13.70, the Wolverines only had a one-second lead. Chapus finished strong with a time of 4:45.23 in 1600-meters.

“I am speechless, literally because my voice is gone and because I wanted this so badly for my team,” Chapus told the Los Angeles Daily News after the race. “We are extremely close and I can’t imagine a team without Amy, K.C., Lauren and Hilary [King ’11] on it. We ended that relay on the best note possible and I love my team.”

In addition national record in the distance medley relay, the Wolverine girls’ track program also holds the national record for the 800-meters, which Weissenbach ran in a time of 2:02.04.