Brooks PR - Meet Preview
Wednesday, June 15th
University of Washington - Seattle, WA
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Many of the amazing high school track athletes are competing in a mid week meet at the University of Washington sponsored by Brooks. Here's a preview of who to expect in the distance races.
Kailey Littlefield of Texas has the fastest seed time of 2:06.21, followed by Lily Shapiro (NJ) with a time of 2:06.94. Cate Peters (CA) had her high school season ended early with an injury, but ran a 2:06.89 at Mt SAC. Mia Chavez ran the 1600/800 double at the California State meet and finished third in the 800. The boy's 800 could be a showdown of the two fastest high school milers, Colin Sahlman (CA) and Gary Martin (PA). Martin was originally scheduled to race the mile, but moved down to the 800. Nick Plant (OH) has the fastest seed time of 1:48.65. Other athletes to look for is Jai Dawson (CA) who finished second at Arcadia and the California State Meet. Carter Cutting of Utah won the Arcadia 800. back in April.
The girl's mile have the Ventura County of California athletes Sadie Engelhardt and Sam McDonnell racing each other once more. Englehardt ran a 4:11.79 1500 on Saturday night in Portland which is the sixth fastest time in high school history. The intriguing entry is 800 star Juliette Whittaker (MD) who has dipped under 2:00 in the 800 and moves up to the mile. Riley Stewart (CO) and Julia Flynn (TX) have both gone under 4:40 in the 1600. James Donahue (MA) has run a 4:02.98 mile last month at Running Lane and has the top time at Wednesday's mile. Aaron Sahlman (CA) spent his championship season racing the 800 and moves up to the mile. Many of the athletes at April's Jesuit Twilight Mile are entered including Caleb Lakeman (OR), Charlie North (OR), Aiden Emerson (WA), Isaac Teeples (WA) all ran in the range of 4:04 to 4:06 in that epic mile race.
In a school year of amazing performances in cross country and track, Natalie Cook (TX) has competed at an amazing level. Cook won Footlocker and Running Lane in the fall and ran 9:48 to win the Texas State Meet and won the New Balance Indoor 2-Mile in 8:44. Irene Riggs (WV) and Dalia Frias (CA) have both run under 10:00 in the 3200 and will be one of many athletes hoping to push Cook. The boy's 3200 has a Northwest flavor with nine of the 12 athletes racing are from Oregon or Washington. Connor Burns (MO) won the Missouri State Meet in 8:48.76 (Connor is one of three boys at the meet who broke the four-minute mile barrier) and Keegan Smith (TN) is a freshman and has a time of 8:52.95. Oregon athletes James Crabtree, Michael Maiorano, Wes Shipsey and Aiden Smith have all run 8:15 or faster in the 3000 meters.
We'll be there covering the meet and taking photos, stay tuned to our Instagram for announcements on when photos are ready to download!