Nope, your friend is right, you're wrong in this case (sorry to be the bearer of bad news :)) For a 4x800, everyone runs an 800 (which is 2 times around a 400m track) and for a 4x1600, everyone runs a 1600, which is 4 times around a 400m track, or 1 mile. Hope this helps!
Fill-ay Mig-nyon is how I think it's pronounced-that's how my dad says it anyway. But I don't take French, so don't quote me on this answer!
Track runner (though I don't usually run relays-just the mile and the 800m)
Heard people talk about various meats all my life-my dad loves meat. A lot loves meat.