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When four runners from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif.,
became the first high-schoolers to run a distance-medley relay in
less than 10 minutes this spring (9:56.3), something about their
performance seemed vaguely familiar to New York City track nut Larry
Byrne. Byrne, noticing that the final two legs of the record (1,200
and 1,600 meters, respectively) had been run by identical twin
brothers Mark and Eric Mastalir, checked his record book. He found
that the first team ever to break 10 minutes in the event on any
level was from North Texas State Teachers College in 1938. The final
two legs of that record-setting relay were also run by twin brothers,
Wayne and Blaine Rideout.