LONG BEACH - The Poly High girls are the national record holders in the 4x400- meter relay, but the Jackrabbits will likely have to run faster than that to come away with a win against Holmwood Tech of Jamaica in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia this weekend.
Holmwood has already run 3:34.29 this season, faster than its meet record of 3:34.75 set in 2001 and Poly's national record of 3:35.49 from the 2004 state meet.
Whatever the outcome, Poly will be likely be pushed to a fast time in the 113th annual meet that runs Thursday through Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field.
The 4x400 relay will be a rematch between Poly and Eleanor Roosevelt of Maryland in the Arcadia Invitational on April 7. Roosevelt defeated Poly, 3:40.58 to 3:41.17, in a race which produced the nation's top times this season.
Poly is led by sophomores Jasmine Joseph and Turquoise Thompson and junior Tanisha Hawkins, who teamed on the Jackrabbits 4x400 relay that produced the nation's No. 2 mark of the year in 2006. Senior Leah Richmond rounds out the quartet.
Joseph is the national leader in the 400 at 53.48 and Thompson was the fastest in the country indoors at 53.73 this year. Thompson