Holding baton (from left) are members of the TV Cops team — Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Erik Estrada, Kelly Hu, Lorenzo Lamas and Larry Wilcox. Photo via ABC

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Track and field makes a return to “Battle of the Network Stars” when running relays appear in all 10 episodes of the show beginning June 29.

Relay times provided by ABC for “Battle of the Network Stars.”

ABC’s TV spots show hurdlers, but the only barriers will be found in the obstacle course, according to the network.

ABC spokesman Jonathan Hogan said relays were contested at Pepperdine University in Malibu — the same track used in the 1970s show.

The 400-meter oval hosted a four-person relay — with three members covering less than a single lap and a fourth running an additional lap, about 8 feet short of a quarter-mile.

“A baton must be passed between each leg, and occur within the ‘hand-off zone,’” Hogan said. “The first three legs are not a full lap divided up three ways; it is shorter than that. The runners started in a corner — not at the same place they finished. The preliminary legs are each 120 meters.”

At the request of MyNewsLA.com, ABC released the times, or splits, of 77 runners from the relays — marks for 120-meter and 400-meter legs.

“We can’t reveal the names of stars/results before episodes air,” Hogan said.

The fastest 120-meter leg was 17.12 seconds, or roughly 14.3 seconds for a 100-meter dash. The slowest leg was 39.24 seconds, or a 32.7 100-meter dash. (A 100-year-old man ran 100 meters in 26.99.)

The fastest 400-meter leg was 64.17 seconds and the slowest was 1 minute, 51.74 seconds. (The men’s world record is 43.03 seconds by South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk at the 2016 Rio Olympics.) The fastest 90-year-old man has run a lap in 1:33.99 and the fastest woman over 85 has gone 1:49.46.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether stopwatches were used to record times to the hundredths of a second or an automatic timing system.

“Battle of the Network Stars” features 100 cast members from shows such as “Modern Family,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Scandal.”

Even older shows provide entrants for the 20 teams, including “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dallas” and “CHiPs.”

The original series from ABC Sports began in 1976 and continued for 13 years.

Variety reported that the series was shot in May.

“The original “Battle of the Network Stars” aired on ABC from 1976 to 1985 and featured teams representing ABC, CBS and NBC competing in events such as kayaking, golf, three-on-three football, and tug of war,” Variety said. “The show was hosted for most of its run by Howard Cosell.”

Among the co-hosts and competitors were Bruce Jenner, O.J. Simpson, David Letterman, Tony Randall, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Lynn Redgrave, Tom Selleck, William Shatner and Michael J. Fox.

The show was revived twice — in 1988 on ABC and in 2003 on NBC, with only NBC stars, Variety noted.

The 10-­episode summer event will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and genres.

The first episode features TV Sitcoms vs. TV Kids — with Sitcoms made up of Bronson Pinchot, Tom Arnold, Dave Coulier, A.J. Michalka and Tracey Gold. TV Kids are Joey Lawrence, Corbin Bleu, Nolan Gould, Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields.

The other matchups:

TV Sitcoms vs. Cops

Sitcoms: Todd Bridges, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Dave Foley, Willie Garson and Jenna von Oy

Cops: Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Kelly Hu, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Lorenzo Lamas

Sci-Fi Fantasy vs. Cops

Sci-Fi: Lou Ferrigno, Vinnie Jones, Charisma Carpenter, Kevin Sorbo and Jill Wagner

Cops: Marisol Nichols, Roma Maffia, Adrian Zmed, Fred Dryer and Ryan Paevey

TV Moms & Dads Versus TV Kids

Moms & Dads: Chad Lowe, Greg Evigan, Ted McGinley, Lesley Fera and Jackee Harry

Kids: Jimmie Walker, Mackenzie Phillips, Jonathan Lipnicki, Krista Marie Yu and Jeremy Miller

Famous TV Families vs. Doctors

Families: Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, Beverley Mitchell, Willie Aames and Charlene Tilton

Doctors: Thomas Calabro, Taye Diggs, Rachelle Lefevre, Deidre Hall and Benjamin Hollingsworth

TV Lifeguards vs. Troublemakers

Lifeguards: David Chokachi, Brande Roderick, Parker Stevenson, Nicole Eggert and Gena Lee Nolin

Troublemakers: Vivica A. Fox, Paul Johansson, John Barrowman, Julie Benz and Catherine Bach

Primetime Soaps vs. ABC Stars

Soaps: Ian Ziering, Josh Henderson, Gabrielle Carteris, Donna Mills and Mischa Barton

Stars: Olivia d’Abo, Shari Belafonte, Michael Fishman, Jason Hervey and Anson Williams

White House Shows vs. Lawyers

White House: Cornelius Smith Jr., Marlee Matlin, Joshua Malina, LaMonica Garrett and Mary McCormack

Lawyers: Elisabeth Rohm, Corbin Bernsen, Matt McGorry, Romi Dias and Catherine Bell

Variety vs. ABC Stars

Variety: Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Adrienne Houghton, Cameron Mathison and Kelly Osbourne

Stars: Ted Lange, Troy Gentile, Jill Whelan, Denise Richards and Joely Fisher

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