Major Distance Fields Scheduled At Gibbons Track Classic

Gibbons Track Classic has been Cancelled due to weather

The Cardinal Gibbons Classic looks to have some very strong fields tomorrow night in the 1600 & 800, though the weather forecast doesn't look great.  Regardless we still should see some awesome battles regardless of time.

Boys 1600

This is a premier mile field headlined by recent 1:51 and the National 800 Runner-Up Ian Delgado (Green Hope).  In two races at Nationals Delgado split 1:50 and then ran 1:51 open the following day.  Delgado said in interview he hoped to run some more miles this outdoor season after the event and this should certainly be a fast one.  He holds a PR of 4:17 from last season.  He'll face off against a strong field, athletes with their PRs listed below:

Ian Delgado - Green Hope - 4:17 

Jamie Witmer - Hoggard - 4:18

Ares Epps - Green Hope - 4:19

Michael Moerk - Mount Tabor - 4:21 

Anton Idhammar - Cary - 4:21

Hunter White - North Henderson - 4:22

Sean Petersen - Green Hope - 4:20 (Full Mile)

Brian Risse - North Lincoln - 4:22 (Full Mile)

Ben Verchick - Union Pines - 4:29

Sam Thornton - Cardinal Gibbons - 4:27.70 (Full Mile)

Chase Coley - Cary Academy - 4:25

Cameron Ponder ran a 4:13 to set a new US#1 last weekend, and with a strong field tomorrow we could see this mark be broken under the lights at Cardinal Gibbons.

Katherine Dokholyan 4:59 Mile from Raleigh Relays last spring

Girls 1600

The girls 1600 field is just as strong headlined by Katherine Dokholyan (Chapel Hill) who ran a 4:57 converted 1600 last year at Raleigh Relays.  She'll have some strong competition pushing her including NCHSAA 4A XC State Champion Natalie Tyner (Laney) who ran 5:03.06 last year for the 1600.  Laney doesn't compete in Indoor Track, so we haven't seen Tyner in a big race since the XC season.

It'll also feature Olivia Frazier (Cary Academy) who is a Field Hockey star that has had a lot of outdoor track success over the last two years holding a PR of 5:03.  Also, Chandler Mccaslin (North Lincoln) has been running fantastic recently after running a big 1600 PR of 5:07 dominating at Marvin Ridge last weekend.  How much faster will she be able to go against strong competition?  Also Ainsley Cooper (Reagan) dominated the 3200 running a PR of 11:13.49 in a solo effort.  She holds a 1600 PR from her sophomore indoor season of 5:07.

Girls 800

Indoors we saw Megan Marvin (Chapel Hill) win the indoor 3A 500 title running 1:17.66 finishing with only 1 shoe!  She'll face off with another 1:17 500 girl in Kaleigh Hanson (Croatan) in the 800 tomorrow night.  Hanson was the NCHSAA 2A 800 Champion last spring running 2:19, while Marvin holds an 800 PR of 2:16 from her freshman year and seems to be in event better form based off her indoor season!  

Boys 800

We'll see a handful of sub 2 minute 800 runners battling tomorrow night headlined by Michael Quispe (Croatan) who has run 1:57, Kobe Brown (Southwest Guilford) who ran 1:58 last summer and was the NCHSAA 3A 1000 runner up, as well as Jarred Komyati (Panther Creek), Tashaune Kyle (Mount Tabor) and Hunter White (North Henderson).  This should be a fast one and has no clear favorite up front to take the win.