SUMMIT, NJ - It was a memorable weekend for the Summit High School Track and Field program and Hilltopper distance runners' at the storied Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Competing in what is known as the 'largest track meet in the world' -- and alongside other elite high school teams, top collegiate programs, and Olympians -- the Hilltoppers made program history.
For the first time, both Summit High School boys and girls 4x800's teams qualified to run at the Penn Relays, meeting the rigorous cut-off standard for the international meet. The boys ran 8:05.32 and the girls 9:43.23 to achieve acceptance into the meet.
While there have been years that one gender has qualified and competed in a distance relay, this is the first time that both squads reached the big stage in the same year. Summit High School has been been represented in one of the distance relays each of the past 10 years.
The girls relay was comprised of seniors Allison Curley, Hannah Flamme, Lauren Diaz, and Juliana Nociari. Junior Hannah Russo ran on the qualifying relay, but was the alternate at Penn due to illness.
The Boys relay consisted of senior Matt Sinunu, senior Sukrut Sonty, junior Will Robertson, and senior Marshall Passey.