Shuttle hurdle relay


Shuttle hurdle relay (SHR) is a type of a relay race in track and field in which participants jump (sprint) over hurdles. The shuttle hurdle relay is contested at the Drake Relays, Kansas Relays, Mt. SAC Relays, Penn Relays, Texas Relays, Akron Relays, Appalachian Conference Relay, Florida Relays (Gainesville), Knoxville Relay, Tennessee Relays (formerly: Dogwood Relays, Sea Ray Relays), Towson Relays, and Tri-State Relays. The SHR was also included at the 2019 IAAF World Relays and 2021 competition.[1]

High Hurdle Relay


Currently the SHR is referred to as the 4 x 60 Hurdles, 4 x 80 Hurdles, 4 x 100 Hurdles, and 4 x 110 Hurdles. In the past the term shuttle hurdle relay was more commonly used.

This events allow four hurdlers to run on the same relay team and has been held both outdoor and indoor. In a shuttle hurdle relay, each of four hurdlers on a team runs the opposite direction from the preceding runner.

The shuttle hurdle relay typically consists of: (a) four hurdlers per relay team – each runs one leg, (b) same sex, (c) each hurdler runs the same hurdle spacing and hurdle heights, (d) two lanes – one up, and one back (e) the first leg starts at the automatic timing line, hence this allows the anchor leg to finish at the "finish line", (f) hurdlers must stay in their own lane, (g) hurdlers are not allowed to touch the hurdles with their hands, (h) depending on the age-group there may be an "exchange zone" (Masters Track and Field does not use an exchange zone), (i) No batons are used for this particular relay, and (j) For Masters Track and Field the youngest person on the relay team dictates the age-bracket (for that particular relay team).

USATF Competition Rules list description for the Open and Masters shuttle hurdle relay competition.[2]

History


1910-1911: Official Handbook of the Girls' Branch of the Public Schools Athletic League states for the girls hurdle relay "the maximum distance for each runner not to exceed fifty yards; the maximum height for hurdles to be two feet".[3]

June 11, 1910 a girls hurdle relay was held at the Armory in Rochester, NY.[4]

1920: Inter-varsity: Cambridge versus Oxford: Dec 1920: Oxford beat Cambridge in the SHR. Winning time of 67 2/5 seconds.[5] December 1921 Oxford beat Cambridge in 69 4/5 seconds.[6] December 1922 Oxford beat Cambridge in 67 2/5 seconds.[7]

1924 and 1928 British Empire versus the USA in the SHR was held at Stamford Bridge, London. July 1924 USA beat British Empire in 61.6 seconds for the 480 yards hurdle relay.[8] 1928: USA beating British Empire in 62 seconds.[9] and.[10]

1926 the SHR was added to the Penn Relays events at the suggestion Lord Burghley (UK's Olympic hurdler).[11]

Masters Track and Field have included the SHR as a standard event at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships.[12] The competition is eligible for Masters American Records and medals. The oldest athlete that has competed in a SHR is George Roudebush (age 93) when he competed in a 2018 M80 plus SHR race.[13]

The "high hurdles" are also referred to "sprint hurdles" to separate them from the "long hurdles."

The Shuttle hurdle relay was also included at former relays such as the California Relays, Compton Relays, West Coast Relays,[14] the 1996 Alabama Relays,[15] and the Golden Valley Conference Relays [16] Additional relays include the 1993 European Relays in Portsmouth, England,[17] and July 5, 1981 TAC Relay Championship in Greenvale, NY.[18]

Including a SHR outside of the USA and the United Kingdom has been infrequent. August 2007 BAUHAUS-galan (formerly GN Galan) meet in Stockholm, Sweden included the 480 Yard Shuttle Hurdle Relay. USA 53.36 in 1st, Sweden 57.03 in 2nd, and Finland 57.26 in 3rd. The event was well received.[19]

Mile intermediate hurdle relay


In the past, a rarely run 4 x 440 yard shuttle hurdle relay was included at some competitions. A height of 36” tall hurdles is used. April 29, 1972 Olivett College (John McGlashen, Charles VanderRoest, Bruce Ritter, and Ron Hobday) beat Cedarville in 3:58.4 for the mile intermediate hurdle at the Tri-State Relays, held at Defiance College.[20] Cedarville College (Cole, Alexander, Perkins, and Gruber) placing second took six seconds off their own school record.[21]

April 1973, Edinboro State at the Akron Invitational Relays, Akron, Ohio broke the record for this event.[22] On April 6, 1974 Occidental College broke the 1973 record in the 4 x 440 yard shuttle hurdle relay in a meet against Whittier College and Pomona-Pitzer.[23] April 17, 1974 Stanford broke Occidental College’s record while defeating Skyline College.[24] March 15, 1975 Occidental College gained the record back.[25] April 24, 1976 Mt Sac College broke the record at the Mt. SAC Relays,[26] and on April 23, 1977 Pasadena broke the record at the Mt. SAC Relays.[27] By 1984, Long Beach City College (Jose Davis, Tyrone McCullough, Nelson Rodriguez, and Oswaldo Zea) held the community college 1600 meter intermediate hurdle relay in 3:31.06.[28]

All-time top 20


Men - 4 × 110m

Updated November 2020

Rank Time Team Nationality Date Place Ref
1 52.94 Jason Richardson
Aleec Harris
Aries Merritt
David Oliver
 USA 25 April 2015 Des Moines [29]
2 53.08 Andrew Riley
Ryan Braithwaite
Hansle Parchment
Greggmar Swift
 JAM
 BAR
 JAM
 BAR
25 April 2015 Des Moines
3 53.36 USA
Ron Bramlett
Anwar Moore
David Payne
Aries Merritt
 USA 7 August 2007 Stockholm
4 53.44y USA Red
David Oliver
Joel Brown
Aubrey Herring
Aries Merritt
 USA 25 April 2008 Philadelphia
5 53.62 ACC All Stars
Allen Johnson
Steve Brown
Terry Reese
Duane Ross

 USA
 TTO
 USA
 USA
16 May 1998 Clemson
6 53.62 Ronnie Ash
Ryan Wilson
Spencer Adams
Jeff Porter
 USA 25 April 2015 Des Moines
7 53.65 World Express
Eddie Lovett
Spencer Adams
Jarret Eaton
Mikel Thomas

 ISV
 USA
 USA
 TTO
4 April 2015 Gainesville
8 53.77 Jeff Porter
Dominic Berger
Aries Merritt
Ty Akins
 USA
 USA
 USA
 NGR
26 April 2014Des Moines
9 53.83 Jamaica
Andrew Riley
Deuce Carter
Hansle Parchment
Stefan Fennell
 JAM 26 April 2014Des Moines
10 53.88 Karamu Flyers
Jack Pierce
Tony Dees
Eric Reid
Keith Talley
 USA 1 April 1989 Tempe
11 53.93 Karamu Flyers
Jack Pierce
Eric Reid
Tony Dees
Keith Talley
 USA 7 May 1989 Modesto
12 54.07y South Carolina
Corey Taylor
Fred Townsend
Charles Ryan
Kenneth Ferguson
 USA 25 April 2003 Philadelphia
13 54.10 Elite 2008
David Oliver
Aubrey Herring
Joel Brown
John McDowell
 USA 5 April 2008 Gainesville
14 54.20 USC Alumni
Sam Turner
Philip Johnson
Milan Stewart
Tonie Campbell
 USA 25 April 1982 Walnut
15 54.23 Star Athletics
Ryan Braithwaite
Selim Nurudeen
Roudy Monrose
Kemar Hyman

 BAR
 NGR
 HAI
 CAY
6 April 2013 Gainesville
16 54.30 Star Athletics 7 April 2012 Gainesville
17 54.35y East Coast All-Stars
Courtney Hawkins
Glenn Terry
Allen Johnson
Jack Pierce
 USA 28 April 1995 Philadelphia
18 54.36 Brooks Beast
David Oliver
? Thomas
Ryan Wilson
Jeff Porter

 USA

 USA
 USA
6 April 2013 Gainesville
19 54.40 Tennessee
Jerome Wilson
Anthony Hancock
Reggie Towns
Willie Gault
 USA 22 May 1981 Knoxville .[30]
20 54.41 Philadelphia Pioneers
Wayne Mason
Dan Oliver
Kerry Bethel
Charles Foster
 USA 22 May 1981 Knoxville .[31]

y = adjusted from the slightly shorter distance of 4 x 120 yards by adding 0.13 seconds

Women - 4 × 100m

Rank Time Team Nationality Date Place Ref
1 50.50 USA Blue
Brianna Rollins
Dawn Harper-Nelson
Queen Harrison
Kristi Castlin

 USA
24 April 2015 Des Moines .[32]
2 50.50 All Stars White
Tiffany Porter
Jasmin Stowers
Jacquelyn Coward
Sharika Nelvis

 GBR
 USA
 USA
 USA
24 April 2015 Des Moines
3 50.66 BJPTC
Kristi Castlin
Brianna Rollins
Queen Harrison
Tiffany Porter

 USA
 USA
 USA
 GBR
5 April 2014 Gainesville
4 50.78 BoogieFast
Nia Ali
Kristi Castlin
Yvette Lewis
Queen Harrison

 USA
 USA
 PAN
 USA
6 April 2013 Gainesville
5 50.93 USA Red
Brianna Rollins
Lolo Jones
Vashti Thomas
Queen Harrison

 USA
25 April 2014 Des Moines
6 52.00 Russia
Marina Azyabina
Yelena Sinyutina
Eva Sokolova
Yelizaveta Chernyshova

 Russia
5 June 1993 Portsmouth .[33]
7 52.01 Jamaica
Shermaine Williams
Andrea Bliss
Monique Morgan
LaToya Greaves
 Jamaica 25 April 2014Des Moines
8 52.07 Star Athletics
Kellie Wells
Tenaya Jones
Lavonne Idlette
Jacquelyn Coward

 USA
 USA
 DOM
 USA
5 April 2014Gainesville
9 52.29 Great Britain / Austria
Danielle Carruthers
Beate Schrott
Tiffany Porter
Isabelle Pederson

 USA
 Austria
 GBR
 NOR
6 April 2013 Gainesville
10 52.30 Ukraine
Olena Politika
Olena Alystrasenko
Nadezhda Bodrova
Natalya Kolovanova
 Ukraine 5 June 1993Portsmouth .[34]
11 52.32 Drake Red
Janay DeLoach
Tenaya Jones
Raven Clay
Vashti Thomas

 USA
 USA
 USA
 PAN
24 April 2015Des Moines
12 52.38 Star Athletics
Damu Mitchell
Loreal Smith
Tiki James
Kellie Wells
 USA 7 April 2012Gainesville
13 52.38 Star Athletics
Jacquelyn Coward
Kellie Wells
Tenaya Jones
Lavonne Idlette

 USA
 USA
 USA
 DOM
6 April 2013Gainesville
14 52.50 Texas A&M
Vashti Thomas
Gabby Mayo
Donique Flemings
Natasha Ruddock

 PAN
 USA
 USA
 JAM
23 April 2010 Philadelphia
15 52.50 Academy Art
Jesseka Raymond
Briana Stewart
Dinesha Bean
Julian Purvis
 USA 27 April 2013 Des Moines
16 52.59 BoogieFest
Queen Harrison
Kristi Castlin
Michaylin Golladay
Beate Schrott

 USA
 USA
 USA
 AUT
7 April 2012 Gainesville
17 52.62 Elite Athletes
Christina Manning
Sharika Nelvis
Raven Clay
Cambrya Jones
 USA 4 April 2015 Gainesville
18 52.77 Louisiana State University
Tenaya Jones
Angel Boyd
Jessica Ohanaja
Nickiesha Wilson

 USA
 USA
 NGR
 JAM
25 April 2008 Philadelphia
19 52.85 Illinois
Jenny Kallur
Camee Williams
Susanna Kallur
Perdita Felicien

 SWE
 USA
 SWE
 CAN
28 April 2001 Des Moines
20 52.87 Clemson
Brianna Rollins
Bridgette Owens
Kendra Harrison
Monique Gracia
 USA 7 April 2012 Gainesville

Mixed

Updated May 2021

Rank Time Team Nationality Date Place Ref
1 54.42 Team Blue
Kristi Castlin, Spencer Adams, Nia Ali, Eddie Lovett
 United States,  United States,  United States,  United States Virgin Islands 30 April 2016 Des Moines [35]
2 54.77 Team Red
Jasmin Stowers, Hansel Parchment, Jaqueline Coward, Aries Merritt
 United States 30 April 2016 Des Moines [36]
3 54.89 Team Green
Kendra Harrison, Aleec Harris, Brianna Rollins, Omar McLeod
 United States,  United States,  United States,  Jamaica 30 April 2016 Des Moines [37]
4 54.96 Christina Clemons, Freddie Crittenden, Sharika Nelvis, Devon Allen  United States 11 May 2019 Yokohama [38]
5 55.09 Sharika Nelvis, Freddie Crittenden, Queen Harrison, Ryan Fontenot  United States 11 May 2019 Yokohama [39]
55.47 Amoi Brown, Andrew Riley, Megan Tapper, Ronald Levy  Jamaica 11 May 2019 Yokohama [40]
55.59 Ayako Kimura, Shunya Takayama, Masumi Aoki, Taio Kanai  Japan 11 May 2019 Yokohama [41]

See also


Reference: The Hurdler's Bible


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