Virginia Beach, VA-
With the uncertainty of an indoor season to look forward to Peter Walsdorf took three weeks off to rest after cross country season. "I wasn't sure if there would be many indoor meets so I was planning on having lots of time to build up [a distance base]," said the senior from Woodstock (Marian Central Catholic.
The allure of one of the most prestigious indoor track and field meets in the country caught Walsdorf's attention. "When I signed up for this meet I started building quickly, so now I'm doing a little less than 50 miles a week and I did six or seven workouts before the meet," he added in preparation for the weekend-long events.
On Saturday, Walsdorf entered the open 1600m, hoping to just show off his fitness and improve on his 4:47 personal best. He sped past that effort with a chilling 4:27.90 section win that was #1 in the state until fellow state mate Wilson Georges of Limestone won the overall title in 4:18.13.
The business trip did not end there as there was another race on Sunday. With a 9:47 PB coming in, Walsdorf was confident that he could run close to 9:20. From the gun, Walsdorf took command of the race and made it known after a strong first mile in 4:38.2 that his intent was to not only win but set a standard for the final two faster sections to beat. Walsdorf's 9:19.71 was an eye-opener and held up to second overall.