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Philip High School relay team takes four wins and breaks records in Sioux Falls

One relay team ... Four athletes, four events, four wins, three records. Philip High School showed its ability when, from left, Jeff O’Connell, Rob Williamson, Brandon O’Dea and Casey Cvach won their four entered events at the invitation-only Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls May 1 and 2.

"I took four boys to the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls this past weekend," said Philip High School's head track and field coach Jerry Rhodes. "They ran four relays and won all four. The relays at Howard Wood were divided into three classes, so we got to run against the schools that we will see at State in Class B."

The track meet is an invitation only event, not for entire teams, but for individual athletes who are outstanding so far during that year's season.

"The four athletes who ran at Howard Wood, in the order that they ran, were Casey Cvach, Rob Williamson, Brandon O'Dea and Jeff O'Connell. They had a super day. They won the 1600 medley relay in a time of 3:24.27 and won the 4x200 relay in a time of 1:35.04. They won the 4x100 in 44.92, which was a Howard Wood Relay Record. They also won the 4x400 relay in a time of 3:32.65, which, again, was also a Howard Wood Relay record. The 4x400 also set a new Philip High School record, for which the old record of 3:32.81 was set in 1987 by Todd Fischer, Jason Rhodes, Shane Daniel and Randy Pfeifle.