Four M-A track members run fastest 4×1600 in the country

by Linda Hubbard on April 12, 2023

Last Friday in Los Angeles at the Arcadia Invitational, Menlo-Atherton High School track team members (left to right) Annie Pflaum (11th grade), Chloe Pilette (12th), Tatum Olesen (11th) and Cleo Rehkopf (11to) ran 21:17.4, the fastest 4×1600 time in the country.

Chloe led off, got boxed-in as part of a fast pack, and broke out in the last lap to hand off to Annie in the lead group of three. Annie destroyed the field on the second leg, and handed off to Cleo with a lead of 100 meters. Cleo lengthened that lead on her third leg, running all alone in the dark. Tatum anchored.

“A mother standing next to me in the stands said her daughter, then in a distant second, would make up the gap on Tatum and finish with a strong kick,” said M-A distance running coach John Hale.  “Her daughter did make up some ground in the first two laps, until Tatum turned on her 800 speed, and that was that. M-A won, 17 seconds ahead of second-place Saugus.”

Here is a video of the girls’ post-race interview.

Here is a video of the race.

On Saturday Tatum broke the M-A school record in the 800 with a 2:11.14, topping Annalisa Crowe’s 2016 record of 2:11.41.


Ronald Schloss April 12, 2023 at 5:12 pm

Wow! How fantastic! Congratulations to all!

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Kenneth Murphy April 14, 2023 at 11:13 am

Hey Ron, Murf here. How are ya? Hope all is well. M-A track is still setting records, 53 years after we did. Go Bears!

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Lawrence Haggins April 13, 2023 at 9:09 am

Lawrence Haggins that is a great job lady’s as a past Ma track metal winner is know how you feel please keep up the great work Ladys

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Leonard Sperandeo May 13, 2023 at 7:53 pm

Lawrence I think you broke my school record.

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Johanna April 13, 2023 at 10:47 am

Awesome job ladies! Talk about teamwork:)!

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Josh Becker April 13, 2023 at 7:02 pm

Impressive!! Congrats to the Team!

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Elizabeth Ouren April 14, 2023 at 9:21 am

Awesome! Way to go!! Congratulations!!

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