Brooks PR Invite: Rough Times In Seattle Yield Silver Lining

Katelynne Hart battled throughout the race in Seattle (Alan Vershaw photo)

Renton, WA-


Cool temperatures in the 60's pre-dominated meet talk at the Brooks PR Invitational held at Shoreline High School. Three Illinois lads ventured into new territory over the weekend. Although the final results indicate less than what they wanted to run, they should be commended on a wonderful season.

The first race of the day was the girls two-mile which featured the top girls in the country including Brie Oakley (Grandview, CO) and Claudia Lane (Maribu, CA). The two titans set an impressive early pace that left the rest of the field in its wake. The first mile was incredibly fast in approximately 4:55. Glenbard West freshman Katelynne Hart tried to hang on in 4:57 but was eventually worn down and finished an exhausting 6th place in 10:19.29. She would finish the year as the #2 freshman in the country behind third placer London Culbreath (Mckinney, TX). However, it was all U of California bound Oakley who got the final say as well as the meet record and second fastest ever clocking for 2miles behind Mary Cain (New York).

1Brie Oakley12Grandview High School9:51.351
2Claudia Lane10Malibu High School (SS)10:01.181
3London Culbreath9McKinney North10:04.731
4Lauren Gregory12Fort Collins High School10:05.261
5Hayley Jackson12Patuxent High School10:14.571
6Katelynne Hart9Glenbard West High School10:19.291
7Emily Venters12Lawrence Free State High School10:19.311
8Clara Savchik11North Allegheny10:19.851
9India Johnson12Hilliard Davidson10:25.501
10Erika Adler12Northwood High (SS)10:33.441
11Jacqueline Gaughan11Exeter High School10:39.071
12Rebecca Story11Christian Academy of Knoxville10:39.701

The 100m was run into a strong headwind otherwise the winning time would have been much faster. Regardless, it was an impressive showing by a fleet of America's best sprinters. Isaiah Cunningham (Rancho Verde, CA) nipped pre-meet hype Chauncy Smart (Auburndale, FL) for the title. Freshman standout Marcellus Moore of Plainfield North maybe feeling the remnents of a long season that began in January. He finished 7th in 10.87.

1Isaiah Cunningham12Rancho Verde High (SS)10.531
2Chauncy Smart12Auburndale HS10.551
3Jeffery Hulon Jr.12Beaumont Westbrook10.571
4Terrence Horne Jr.11Miramar HS10.591
5Taylor Banks10Miramar HS10.621
6Jordan Byrd11Manzano High School10.841
7Marcellus Moore9Plainfield North High School10.871
8Rodrick Fisher12East Valley High School10.911

The final race of the day was what everyone was waiting for. The idea of anyone much less a trio breaking the magical 4:00 barrier in the mile would be tough. Sam Worley (Texas), Cooper Teare (California), and Casey Clinger (Utah) were among the elite entries looking to make the breakthrough. The first two check points were right on time as 58, and 1:58 were recorded. But a slowdown on the third lap did the field in. Despite a strong finish by Worley he came up short and settled for a very solid 4:02.04. Jack Aho (Grayslake North) did not get a great start and had to play catch up. He still ran 4:09.58 to place 10th.

1Sam Worley12New Braunfels Canyon4:02.041
2Cooper Teare12St. Joseph Notre Dame (NC)4:02.561
3Casey Clinger12American Fork4:02.901
4Patrick Parker12American Fork4:03.671
5Waleed Suliman*12Douglas Freeman4:04.271
6Callum Bolger12San Luis Obispo High (SS)4:05.061
7Gabe Fendel11Hamilton Southeastern High School4:07.461
8Dustin Horter11Lakota East4:07.821
9David Principe Jr.12La Salle Academy4:09.351
10Jack Aho12Grayslake Central High School4:09.581
11Kyler True12Olpe High School4:10.351
12Isaac Green12Monarch High School4:13.121