Four meets are in the books so let’s take a look at what we have. The distance crew is coming along and looks to be the best shot to take a relay team to States. Four guys are returning from sub-2:05 outdoor seasons led by Junior Grayson Ruffner (1:59.23 PR). So far, he’s gone 2:02 open and the others have splits that should add up to better than the standard of 8:20.00 down the road. Brendan Haines (2:06), Matt Winkowski (2:08) and Brandon Tatko (2:04 last spring) round out the 4×8 team. Winkowski hit a mile PR indoors or out running 4:41 last week.
Aside from the four mentioned above, we’ve seen loads of PRs every week from the other distance kids which shows a willingness to put it out there.
On the sprint side, junior Jaylon Foster showed up bigger and stronger this year (as kids do) and proved it by hitting the state standard for 60m the first weekend running 7.07. He’s been looking strong at 200 as well with a flat-track 23.26 and should make it there. Freshman Dominic Sheppard has been coming along contributing on the relays splitting 23.99. I’m going to convince him, the further he goes (400), the better he’ll be.
In summery, Foster to States 60m, Meet of Champs qualifiers are Foster 200, Ruffner 800m and the 4×4 with Foster, Sheppard, Jeevan Jouhal and Ruffner. Check the schedule for results and the ‘Season Bests’ list in the drop-down up top.