Brooks PR - Recap
Recap of the distance events at the Brooks PR held at the University of Washington.
The girl's 2-Mile started off the Brooks PR with Dalia Frias (CA) and Irene Riggs (WV) pulling away from the pack early in the race. A photo finish by Frias (9:50.70) and Riggs (9:50.72) propelled them to the first and second fastest 2-mile ever run in high school history. Connor Burns (MO), who ran under four in the mile last month, pulled away mid-way through the 2-mile to have an easy win in 8:45.52 with Michael Maiorano (OR) taking second in 8:52.85.
Sophomore Ali Ince (IL) defended her 800 meter Brooks PR title with a convincing victory in a season best time of 2:04.14. The boy's race had a match up between two sub four minute milers Colin Sahlman (CA) and Gary Martin (PA). Sahlman came home with the victory in a personal best time of 1:48.07 with Nick Plant (OH) getting ahead of Martin.
Looking at the seed times entering the girl's mile, it would be easy to notice that Sadie Engelhardt (CA) would be the clear favorite, but having 800 meter specialist Juliette Whittaker, who has broken 2-minutes in the 800, in the same race added some intrigue. In the end, Whittaker took the win in 4:36.24 to Engelhardt's 4:36.50. With four boys already running under four minutes in the mile this season, could there be a chance to add another sub-four minute miler? Gary Martin, who has broken the magical mile barrier earlier this year, paced the boys for the first two laps. Simeon Birnbaum (SD) patiently ran in the back of the pack at the beginning of the race and then in the middle of the pack as the race progressed. With 200 meters to go, Birnbaum made his move and set a meet record in 3:59.51 to become the fifth high school athlete to break the four-minute barrier and the first from South Dakota. Zane Bergen (CO) came close in 4:00.48 and Devin Kipyego (RI) came in third at 4:00.64.
Photos from Brooks PR are found HERE