Men’s Age 60-69 in the 4x200 run 1:57.48
Noah Perlis 29:17
Rick Lapp 29:01
Michael Kish 27:26
Emmanuel Brody 32:03
“The order was Noah to Rick to Michael to Manny (not Tinkers to Evers to Chance of baseball fame).
Tony was there and the only one who took splits and we discussed in advance the difficulty that the break is after the 260 so the first 2 legs run all in lanes and when I gave the baton to Rick it is not in the normal zone where the middle is the finish line easy to spot and use for the split.
You can see that I have just about a perfect hand-off to Rick using an overhand pass.
The last one from Michael to Manny speaks for itself, where the baton just about came to a standstill as Michael runs into Manny. Rick practiced with Manny in advance, and without knowing how fast the incoming runner should be judged, this is what can happen, especially with Michael's speed and not a normal distance where most runners slow at the end.
If accurate in the hand-off from me to Rick and using the finish line for Rick when the baton passes to Michael, I think Tony said he had me in 28.8x, Rick in 29.1 approx, Michael in low 27 and Manny in 32+.
If the first 2 are correct or total is correct, we see that Michael's split is not his true speed because the baton came to a stop about 5 meters or so before the finish line where the split is taken, and with a moving start when he took the baton I would have supposed Michael would run very low 26.
What will also never show in the records is that Rick, like Tony in the same meet for his race that night, came the week before from a grueling schedule at nationals, the events and many trials and jumps speak for themselves, and they raced with tired legs. It is such a great thing to have Rick still be willing to come do this and took him 2.5 hours by train each way from Long Island just for this event!!!!!!
Michael also came that night to better his season times for ranking in the 200 later in the night and was willing to race this knowing it may affect his own time goals.
Manny came when asked to fill the 4th spot and did not hesitate to answer the call despite his main events being the 400 to road races and he is not a pure sprinter, even without his knee brace, or we would not have had a chance to set the record.
I look back and say maybe any of us could have, should have, may have done our leg in the 4 tenths needed etc etc, but we ran our hearts out, and am so very very very proud of just being part of the great group of guys to answer my request and make a real good shot at the record from Houston and Bill Collins.
I think from all the comments and postings on several Facebook Masters Track groups,and the Armory choice to place us on their cover, that the team and club have earned a very well deserved amount of respect coming this close, and you guys made it happen, thank you from this one leg who bothered you about it.
On to Penn. AND please all of us wear the team jerseys all the time? (David Friedman always brings extra with him to go with his spikes just in case....)
And just for fun 4 stayed and raced the 4 x 400 at the end!!!”
Written by Noah Perlis