2. Brett Gardner (Sr., Frankfort [Lincoln-Way East]) 
Gardner ran a tremendous race alongside Josh Methner and Bob Liking at the Richard Spring Invite until settling for a 14:14.30 personal best effort. It appeared as though he surprised himself in the process. The splits of 4:38 and 9:32 were the ultimate set up and if he can stay on the same trajectory over the next month, the times will be even faster.