Boston’s Eliot Track Club set a Masters world record in the distance medley relay at Boston University’s Terrier Invitational on Friday night. The team lowered the DMR best to 10:55.1.
Jayme Fishman led off, handling the 1,200-meter leg; Doug Williams ran the 400-meter leg; Andrew Darien ran the 800-meter leg, and Chris Simpson anchored the 1,600-meter portion.
Eliot TC attempted to set the world record last year, with Mark Gomes running the 1,600 portion and Simpson replacing Fishman for the 1,200-meter opener, but that team was disqualified due to a missed lap count by the officials. Heartbreak had been a common theme for the club: an Eliot team missed the Masters 4 x 800-meter relay world record at Reggie Lewis Center a few weeks prior.
“[We] were carrying quite a bit of weight that was finally lifted,” Fishman said the morning after the race. “Accomplishment was a secondary emotion to relief — it may have even been tertiary to camaraderie because this particular group trains every week together. That makes it more special – and it also makes it a club record – which is harder to do than to assemble a team of all stars from various clubs.”
Fishman said the team had yet to acquire official splits for each leg, but he estimates he ran 3:24 for the opener, and estimates Willams’ 400 meters at about 53 seconds, Darien’s 800 meters at 2:03, and Simpson’s 1,600 meters at about 4:33.
“I am tired man walking,” Fishman said. “The gun-up time combined with the obligatory celebratory beers led to a late night. Never mind that I am a Master – otherwise known as a sleep-deprived father of three…”