Earlier this month, the Hamilton High School 4×800 team pulled off a major surprise at the Arizona Division 1 State Championships. The relay team, comprised of Dan Dannel, Chris Fusaro, Noah Creighton, and David Nelson, was not one of the favorites to win the race. And indeed that looked accurate when after the first leg, they were in 16th place out of 18 teams.
However the turning point of the race happened during the second leg. After grabbing the baton, Fusaro managed to catch 12 runners, moving Hamilton into fourth place. The team held steady in the third leg, taking over the third spot right before the final handoff.
With 500 meters to go, Nelson, the team’s anchor, took over second place. During the last lap of the race, he claimed the lead and unleashed a kick to get his team to victory. They finished the race in 7:57.31.
Speaking to MileSplit AZ about their come-from-behind win, Creighton said, “Going into the race, our coach told us our strategy was to go out slow and catch up.” Added Fusaro, “I knew I just had to catch as many people I can.”
Watch the exciting race above.