Cameron Rose took down a loaded 300m field at the VA Showcase that had a historic battle between he and Justin Robinson (MO). Rose came into the meet with a US#1 mark ran on this Liberty track two weeks ago where he ran a state record of 33.79. Robinson ran a 44.84 400m last year and was the USATF and Pan-American U20 Champion.
Rose would run in lane 6 with Robinson on his inside in lane 5.
Both boys would get out fast in the first turn, but Robinson would make up the stagger on the first 150m. Rose on his outside shoulder would not give up as the two roared down the back stretch and around the final turn.
Robinson still looked to have a slight lead, but Rose used his long stride to close on him the final few strides. The two would be shoulder to shoulder across the line as they'd crash to the ground with Rose hitting his head on the rail outside of lane 6.
He'd lean past Robinson by .03 seconds to run a new US#1 of 32.84. This takes nearly a second off his previous North Carolina 300m State Record of 33.79. It's also tied with 2018 300m VA Showcase Runner-Up Eric Allen Jr. (Bullis) for US#2 All-Time. Robinson's 32.87 was good for US#4 All-Time Indoors.
The national record and VA Showcase meet record came from Brian Herron (GA) in 2018 where he ran 32.64.
Rose has had an incredible indoor season with a month and a half to go still. A year ago at this meet 35.52 which stood for his 2019 indoor PR. His rise to the national level this season has been incredible.
Randolph Ross set the state record at this meet last year running 33.80. Ross was a superstar last year taking 3rd at NBON Indoors and 1st Outdoors. Rose is a full second faster than Ross at this point in the season, showing how special of a year Rose is looking to have.