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superman
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Posted February 23rd, 2012 03:58 PM IP

No practice equals more time to do some research.

I felt the lack of relays run early in the season resulted in slower relay times by the end of the season. The most important factor in a relay is the continuity between two members during an exchange. You can practice this all you want during the week but if you don't get exposed to this exercise during a meet on a regular basis then you are missing something critical. Just like practicing starts during a week will help but the best way to develop neuromuscular system and faster reaction time is with a live gun and an opponent next to you.

Now because of the lack of practice in the smaller developmental meets teams were more likely to mess up this most critical process. Look up any random relay heat from this season on youtube and you will see bad handoffs across the board. Athletes were leaving early or leaving late. Overall I think this contributed to much slower times.

Here are the top 5 relay teams from previous seasons and the average

Girls

2006 - Average - 1:50.03
1:48.77
1:49.80
1:49.90
1:50.30
1:51.37

2007 - Average - 1:47.01
1:45.20
1:45.45
1:47.70
1:47.80
1:48.90

2008 - Average - 1:48.12
1:45.43
1:46.66
1:48.20
1:50.10
1:50.22

2009 - Average - 1:46.83
1:43.03
1:47.05
1:47.54
1:48.15
1:48.38

2010 - Average - 1:46.90
1:42.43
1:47.35
1:47.52
1:48.44
1:48.77

2011 - Average - 1:47.23
1:44.11
1:44.51
1:48.09
1:49.46
1:49.97

2012 - Average - 1:48.90
1:44.63
1:48.74
1:49.52
1:49.56
1:52.07

Boys

2006 - Average - 1:33.96
1:31.07
1:33.22
1:34.48
1:35.41
1:35.60

2007 - Average - 1:33.84
1:31.51
1:33.49
1:34.10
1:34.90
1:35.20

2008 - Average - 1:34.02
1:31.22
1:31.73
1:35.34
1:35.45
1:36.34

2009 - Average - 1:33.98
1:33.53
1:33.53
1:33.84
1:34.35
1:34.67

2010 - Average - 1:34.28
1:32.53
1:33.69
1:34.72
1:35.18
1:35.28

2011 - Average - 1:34.46
1:31.89
1:34.80
1:34.88
1:35.02
1:35.70

2012 - Average - 1:34.91
1:33.91
1:34.30
1:34.93
1:35.28
1:36.10

One thing that is noteworthy is that during the 2011/2012 season we had zero snow days and very decent sprint training weather.
 

kpmilsted
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Registered: Dec 2005
Posted February 24th, 2012 11:20 AM IP

I like to plot out the times to see if a visual helps, but in this case, I think the plots are inconclusive. I plotted Montgomery County top 20 relay times indoors for the past five years. Try to focus in on the blue diamonds for boys and purple diamonds for girls to see if this year's relay times deviate from the average.


4x200 - The top ten girls teams look slower than average, but the top twenty boys times look about average compared to the last four years, outside of the #1 time being much slower than the past four years.


4x400 - The top three boys teams are much slower than average, but the average boys teams, #4-20, look about normal. The girls 4x4's look definitively slower than average from 1-20 this year.


4x800 - girls seem about average and boys certainly seem above average. In this case I think it may just be a down year for the boys in the 4x800. It maye be a lack of talent rather than a lack of emphasis due to the rule change. The 4x8 relays the last few years have been shattering all the records so maybe this is the year the boys came back to earth.

 
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