Southeast Raleigh and Apex established themselves at the head of the pack with their respective regional wins and sub 48-second clockings last weekend. Mallard Creek will lead the challengers as the only other school to break 48 so far this season. A slew of other teams were under 49 at regionals and will be looking to chase down these leaders to collect the points for this event.
The four fastest times in the state this year were the four regional winners on Saturday, setting up an exciting matchup for this weekend. Panther Creek, Providence and Southeast Raleigh are all packed together in the standings, with Rocky River slightly behind with their Midwest winning time. The winner will likely come from this group of regional champions, with Mallard Creek and Apex next on deck should one of them slip up.
Three teams have gone sub 4 minutes in the 4x400 this year, and two of them did it in the West regional. Providence blew away the field with their impressive 3:53.5, followed by Ardrey Kell at 3:56.34. Panther Creek also slipped under the mark and will hope to run down the top two. The next two in the field are Green Hope with a 4:02.26, and West Forsyth who ran a 4:02.99 to easily win the Midwest regional.
Cardinal Gibbons won the Mideast and currently holds the fastest seed time of the year, but defending indoor 4x8 champion Ronald Reagan had the fastest time at regionals and has the second fastest time in 4A this year. Behind these two there is a long gap back to the next contenders as Sanderson and Ardrey Kell ran the second and third fastest regional times. Southeast Raleigh and West Forsyth also looked strong at their regional and will be hoping to pick up a podium spot and a few points to kick off the running events on Saturday.