2021 Outdoor Track: The Big Orange Relays Rocked the House

12th Annual Big Orange Relays Hardware

(all photos by Marc Logan)

The 12th Annual Big Orange Relays was in the spotlight this weekend as the two-day affair was the MileSplit Georgia featured 'Meet of the Week'. 39 MileSplit Elite performances were achieved and the Girls 1600 saw the St. Pius X Lady Golden Lions shattering the 2018 South Forsyth girls all-time leading time by going a new Georgia #1 All-time record-setting performance in the 4x1600m relay of 20:26.92.

Blessed Trinity's ladies had a great time as well, going 20:41.22 (GA #3 All-Time). The Marist ladies ran 21:02.58 cracking the GA All-time top 10 lists at #9. Parkview won the boy's team title scoring 111 points winning 3 relays, Cody Brown won the Discus with a toss of 150-10 and placed 2nd in the Shot, and Bryce Fleetwood won the high jump with a clearance of 6-6. Lambert's girls edged Woodward Academy by 1 point for the top girl's team hardware. The Longhorns only won one event led by thrower Morgan Gore who won the Discus with a mark of 99-9, while placing 2nd in the Shot.

Head Coach & Meet Director commented after the meet, "Last year was supposed to be the first edition of the Friday night/Saturday format so our staff was eager to see how it would go with the GCPS Covid protocols. In years past, this meet has been very big with incredible performances, but this year's definitely had the feel of an elite invitational. Seeing the fields of premiere 4x1600m races live with the performances from a who's who of distance programs was amazing. 

I think the 39 elite performances from a host of the attending schools speak volumes.  We would have liked it to be a little warmer on Saturday early, but the competition heated things up very quickly. We are already looking forward to next year's edition and hope that the product Parkview Track & Field offers brings more great programs into the mix to win some custom batons which have become a huge hit over the years with kids and coaches."

Girls 4x1600 race video

It was an epic race in the Girls 4x1600 as Blessed Trinity led early (watch the video)

2020 Gatorade Georgia Girls XC runner of the year Mary Brady takes the final stick.

St. Pius' Brady exalts in helping her squad break the Georgia All-Time record in the 4x1600 relay.

Pace leads the Boys 4x1600 relay early in the race.

Pre-race favorites Blessed Trinity and Decatur await the final stick in the Boys 4x1600.

Blessed Trinity brings it home down the stretch taking the victory clocking a 17:53.

Peachtree Ridge sprints towards the finish line winning the 800 Sprint Medley going 1:48.18.

Meet host Parkview closed out the racing Friday night taking the checkered flag in the 800 SMR posting a time of 1:35.18

Parkview, St. Pius, Blessed Trinity, and Marist toe the line waiting for the gun as the Girls Distance Medley got Saturday's racing off to a start.

Hannah Miniutti powers down the stretch giving Blessed Trinity the win at 12:09.50

Lambert held off Marist in the Boys Distance Medley clocking a 10:35.58

Peachtree Ridge won their 2nd race of the meet in the Girls 1600 Sprint Medley at 4:15.94

Lambert edges Mountain View in the 1600 Sprint Medley Relay going 3:44.03

Woodward Academy edges Brookwood winning the Girls 4x100 relay in 49.36

Parkview braved the chilly weather speeding to victory lane again taking the Boys 4x100 relay at 43.60

Peachtree Ridge's Girls throwers won their relay in 59.94 besting North Gwinnett.

Parkview thundered down the track getting the fans fired up as they won the Boy's Throwers Relay in a decent time of 47.81

Woodward Academy won the coveted baton in the 4x200 relay going 1:42.20

Mountain View struck gold in the Boys 4x200 relay posting a 1:31.64

Brookwood heads to the finish claiming the 4x800 relay going 9:56.72

Decatur leads the Boys 4x800 after lap 1.

Former 800m State Champ Karthik Kochuparambil of Denmark anchored the Danes' to the win though clocking an 8:02.49

Peachtree Ridge closed out the meet winning their 4th relay baton of the meet in the 4x400 relay.

Mountain View holds off Brookwood taking the 4x400 stick in 3:26.60

Woodward's girls began the racing Friday winning the not oft competed Shuttle Hurdle Relay.

Woodward's boys took care of business on their end joyfully taking the win in 1:06.17

A Parkview jumper gets some air in the Boys High Jump.