With our state's three postseason tune-up races (Reagan, Broughton, Providence Day) all in the database and all the same distance, we can combine the results and take a look at whose fitness is really top-notch right now. There were 35 girls who ran under 12:00 in one of the tune-ups (not counting the Middlebrook sisters, who both ran under 12:00 way back in August). For comparison, there were 71 girls who accomplished that feat during the 2011 spring track season. There were also 40 boys who ran under 10:00 in the last two weekends; that compares to 54 during the spring season. If that doesn't get you just a bit excited about the upcoming track season, I don't know what will!
In the boys' fastest race, Wyatt Maxey hung in behind the leaders for five laps before moving into the lead. He had to battle Peter Vandenberg over laps 6 and 7 before he was able to secure the win. For the girls' top heat, Sydney Foreman and Kaitlyn Kramer went out aggressively (Foreman crossed the 1600 mark in 5:17), and the two were racing together over the final four laps. The chasing pack, led by Natalie Andrejchak, was able to close on the two leaders a bit in the last 200, perhaps as the fast start took a bit of a toll. (Thanks to Ben Hovis for the play-by-play!)
Sam Roberson narrowly won the boys' top heat over Jacob Sears, with both running in the 9:20's under cold conditions. Sammy George, running in the boys' third heat, turned in the biggest girls' time of the postseason with her 10:42. In the girls' fastest section, Rebekah Greengrass was able to take control and pull away from the pack for an 11:10 win; Jentzen Jones led the main group home in 11:24.
Combined Girls Under 12:00
Combined Boys Under 10:00