The future of Saline Hornets boys' track and field appears to be in good hands.
Robbie Felton, Aaron Milley, Spencer Leslie and Trevor Bishop set a Saline Middle School record in the boys' 4-by-800 relay while competing at the Mid-Michigan MEGASTAR meet in Shepherd, Michigan.
The Saline boys finished the race in 9:09.04, beating the previous school record by more than eight seconds. The previous record was set in 2011 by David Elms, Diego Morse, Brian Blankenship and Logan Wetzel.
The new record setting team was made up of sprinters and distance runners.
"The 800 is an extended sprint that requires both speed and endurance. It is an event in which both long distance runners and sprinters can do well. And in this case, that is exactly what happened," said Monte Bishop, assistant coach for the team.
The team drew Milley and Bishop from the distance runners and Felton and Leslie from the sprinters and came up with an exceptionally strong 3200 relay team.
"It's rare to have four eighth grade runners on the same team who can average about 2:17 in the 800 meters, even in Saline, which is well known for its traditional strength in this event. But that is what these guys did," Bishop said.
Emma Cummings, a sixth grade student, finished a strong second in the open mile (5:37).The boys' 4-by-400 relay team of Trevor Bishop, Philip Barnett, Spencer Leslie and Robbie Felton was second in 3:53.08.