Distance Medley Relay Team Makes History at Penn Relays

Posted: May 1, 2017

Our distance medley relay team - Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau, Tommy Rocha, Ben Micallef and Alex Scales - made history on April 28, as Bellarmine became the first school in California and west of Ohio to win that event at the Penn Relays.

The Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, hosted annually since 1895 by the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Following the historic race, coach Patrick McCrystle conveyed, “Standing down on the infield after the race, looking up at one of the most historic venues in track in the world, realizing that we are the first western team to ever win, that was pretty cool!”

As described by McCrystle, junior Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau, who competed despite being ill at the time, was knocked sideways after 200 meters, got spiked in the foot, and somehow managed to stay upright and fight his way to a 3:11.42 for the opening leg, the 1200 meters/3 laps. “He handed off to (senior) Tommy Rocha, who ran his fastest leg of the year, 50.41 in the 400,” noted McCrystle. Senior Ben Micallef gained the Bells two spots during his 1:54.84 800 meter leg, and junior Alex Scales took the baton in 5th, about 70 meters behind the leader. “Alex’s last 200 will stay with me as one of the more stirring efforts I have seen by a Bell,” said McCrystle.

McCrystle had high praise for his runners, saying, "I'm very proud of them, what it means to be here in this stadium at this meet and to run like that, it's by far and away the coolest thing I've been associated with as a coach.”

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