Saturday, June 17, 2017

Texas native Sam Worley wins Brooks PR Invitational boys' mile...

SHORELINE, Washington—While the sub-4 minute mile didn’t happen at the Brooks PR Invitational Saturday at Shoreline Stadium in the Seattle suburb, the race proved to be very entertaining on a cool and cloudy day.

After Garfield HS (Seattle) 800m standout Will Laird took the field through the first half mile at 2:00, a group of four runners, including Sam Worley (above/photo by Paul Merca) of Comal Canyon HS in Texas, who missed breaking 4:00 at the Texas Relays against open competition; Cooper Teare of California’s St. Joseph Notre Dame HS, who had broken 4:00 in the 1600, Casey Clinger and Patrick Parker of American Fork HS in Utah, went to the front, with Clinger doing the work on the third lap, which was crossed in 3:02.

As the group of four headed down the backstretch, a 32 second penultimate 200 meters into the wind may have doomed the sub-4 attempt, but all were still in contention for the win.

Off the final turn, Worley swung to the outside to take the lead from Teare to take the win in 4:02.04, with Teare finishing in 4:02.56.

Clinger was third in 4:02.90, and Parker was fourth in 4:03.67.

University of Washington commit Isaac Green from Monarch HS in Colorado was tripped up during the race, and was never a factor, finishing 12th in 4:13.12.

In other highlights:

—Brentwood HS (TN) Brodey Hasty ran a meet record 8:45.16 to win the two mile, while UW commit Talon Hull of Weber HS (UT) was third in 8:46.94; 

—Brie Oakley of Grandview HS (CO) took command early to win the girls’ 2-mile in 9:51.35, winning by nearly 10 seconds over California’s Claudia Lane of Malibu HS, who had beaten her earlier in the season at the Arcadia Invitational at the slightly shorter 3200m; 

—Anna Gibson of Jackson HS (WY), who was sixth two weeks ago at the adidas Boost Boston Games mile, got revenge on the field by winning the girls mile in 4:43.77.  University of Washington commit Allie Schadler from Rio Rico HS (AZ), who was fifth in Boston two weeks ago, finished second in 4:44.03, just ahead of Mountain View (ID) frosh Lexy Halladay, the winner in Boston. Halladay ran 4:44.24, almost 3 seconds slower than her 4:41.80 winner two weeks ago.


NOTE:  Special thanks to Brooks Running for their assistance in the coverage of this meet.

1 comment:

Roberta said...

Nice blog, Paul! Just found it. I watched Gabriel run online streaming- would have liked to have been there. Pretty exciting to watch- hope you enjoyed yourself.

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