This was a fantastic meet. The idea behind this meet is Brooks invites the fastest 10 high school runners in the nation in each event and the best compete against the best. There were several top Washington runners entered and they represented very well. There were 2 National records set and 3 Dempsey records. Maddie Meyers (mile) and Chandler Olson (2 mile) were invited from our group and they had a lot of fun and made a lot of new friends.
Maddie was up against a group of girls who had all run 4:50 or better. Maddie’s plan was to key off of Amy-Eloise Neale, the defending champion, and it worked for 2/3rds of the race as she ran in 3rd place, just off the lead. But the caliber of runners showed as the pack was still pretty tight. Meier, Neale and Maddie were 1-2-3 for about 1000m. At 1000m Maddie was passed by Haley Meier, Haley’s sister, but she was still in good position and looking strong. With one lap to go she was still in 5th, but got passed in the home stretch to finish 8th. Meier led from wire-to-wire and held off Neale in a spirited battled. Neale finished second.
Chandler’s race was different as she had the slowest seed time of any of the entrants. Her goal was to try and hang at the back of the pack until one or more of the other girls got tired. And then to try and hang on to them. She did a great job and passed 2 girls just after the mile. She stayed right in 7th place for 4 laps, one place behind North Central’s Katie Knight, before being caught 1m from the finish to finish in 8th place (02 seconds! from 7th). This was a statement race for Chandler to show that she belonged in this elite company and she did great. Her time was 10:49, which was a PR (equivalent to a 10:45.5 3200m).
Congratulations on the outstanding efforts by these girls!