Brooks PR Invitational: Illinois Trio Expects To Shine In Seattle

On June 17, you can watch the Brooks PR Invitational for free on FloTrack.

Brooks PR is not just another high powered invitational with a fancy corporate shoe sponsor behind it. In its fourth edition outdoors Renton High School in suburban Seattle appears to be the right setting for a top shelf track meet. Brooks PR has just a fraction of the events that a regular meet possesses. So that means one can be thoroughly entertained and then be on your merry way.

Full Meet Entries

Katelynne Hart (Glen Ellyn Glenbard West)- There is no doubt about it, this is going to be Hart's biggest race since last the NXN final last December. In fact, this monster field will feature three girls under 10:00. The top three girls in the nation are all here regardless of stats. Where does Hart fit in? She indicated that she is ready for a "rematch" in her mind. Yes, she is still seething from the 18th place finish in Portland, Oregon. Hart has been exceptional this season even when she has been tossed an overload of chores. Now it's just one race to deal with. If Hart is still somewhat fresh and she should be from a mental standpoint, we are going to witness something special. The all-time Illinois record for 3200m is 9:56.96 by Kayla Beattie of Woodstock in 2011. That time translates to just over 10:01. Hart has that ability but she must run smart early and be patient in the middle. The closing has be to instinctual and with authority if she wants to challenge the likes of Brie Oakley, Claudia Lane and Rebecca Story.

Brie OakleySRAurora, CO9:56.06
Claudia LaneSOMalibu, CA9:57.52 (3200)
Rebecca StoryJRKnoxville, TN9:59.85 (3200)
Jacqueline GaughanJRExeter, NH10:05.71 (3200)
Lauren GregorySRFt. Collins, CO10:08.31 (3200)
London CulbreathFRMcKinney, TX10:13.68 (3200)
Katelynne HartFRGlen Ellyn, IL10:14.47 (3200)
Emily VentersSRLawrence, KS10:16.61 (3200)
Clara SavchikJRWexford, PA10:18.00
Hayley JacksonSRLusby, MD10:21.73 (3200)
India JohnsonSRHilliard, OH10:23.84 (3200)
Erika AdlerSRIrvine, CA10:24.62 (3200)

Jack Aho (Sr., Grayslake Central)- Mr. Aho is going to have to get in where he fits in. As well as he has performed this season, it will be a tall order competing against some of the greats in this monster field. It would be the deepest all high school field ever! Three boys at 4:00.xx is incredibly impressive. There could be a third figure in the field, Reed Brown, who has broken 4:00 is running the 800. Wow! Here is Milesplit preview: 

The Favorite

This is the event of the meet! How many boys will write their names in the record books and become sub-4 milers? It could end up to being the most legendary high school race of all time. With three boys who have run 4-flat in the mile this year, its hard to pick a standout favorite. Cooper Teare has seemed invincible this track season with wins in the Texas Distance Festival 5K in 14:13, the Arcadia 3200m in 8:41 and the Brooks Mt. SAC Relays mile in 4:00. But Teare had a set back when he took third in the 3200m at state. He's hungry for revenge, as he wants to end his high school career back on top. Another high schooler who knows how to turn on the jets in DJ Principe.  

He was the first boy to spark fire in the mile over the winter when he ran a 4:04 in his first indoor meet of the season. Since then, Principe has run 4-flat not once but twice -- over the indoor and outdoor season. Look for Principe to go out strong and push the pace in the final lap. Last but certainly not least, watch out for the Sam "The Man" Worley.  Earlier this season, he became the seventh boy in high school history to go sub-9 in the 3200m and sub-1:50 in the 800m.  Worley also went HAM at the Texas Relays as he took down Olympic Silver Medalist Leo Manzano in the full mile, where he closed in 55 seconds for his last 400m. It gave him a time of 4:00.61 for the win. With arguably the most talented field to ever toe the line, look out for this to be the best mile in high school history.

Cooper TeareSRAlameda, CA4:00.16
Sam WorleySRNew Braunfels, TX4:00.61
D.J. Principe Jr.SRProvidence, RI4:00.73
Patrick ParkerSRAmerican Fork, UT4:03.99
Waleed SulimanSRHenrico, VA4:04.11 (1600)
Gabe FendelJRFishers, IN4:04.70 (1600)
Casey ClingerSRAmerican Fork, UT4:04.87
Isaac GreenSRLouisville, CO4:05.23
Kyler TrueSROlpe, KS4:07.17 (1600)
Jack AhoSRGrayslake, IL4:07.39 (1600)
Dustin HorterJRLiberty Township, OH4:07.52 (1600)
Callum BolgerSRSan Luis Obispo, CA4:07.69 (1600)
Will LairdSRSeattle, WAPACER

Marcellus Moore (Fr., Plainfield North)- The #1 freshman in the country has passed the test against his older peers this season. Moore placed second in the 3A final running 10.65. That appeared to be a disappointing result on the surface. In reality it was a great performance regardless of age. Now Moore will get to see some of the best competition in the country. Chauncy Smart is the Florida state 3A champion and will be tough to handle. Jeff Hulon is the top seed at Baylor U signee. His 10.16 is wind-aided though.

Jeffery Hulon Jr.SRBeasumont, TX10.16w
Chauncy SmartSRAuburndale, FL10.26w
Rodrick FisherSRSpokane Valley, WA10.28w
Terrance Horne Jr.JRMiramar, FL10.29w
Isaiah CunninghamSRMoreno Valley, CA10.32
Jordan ByrdJRAlbuquerque, NM10.32w
Taylor BanksSOMiramar, FL10.34w
Marcellus MooreFRPlainfield, IL10.40w