To Stick With Elite Performers In The Girls 800m, History Says You Have to Evolve

This content requires a MileSplit Pro plan.
Join Now and select any plan for instant access!

MileSplit Pro
Join Now


Yesterday, we took a look at the 800m and determined whether the race was getting faster among high school boys

Today, we're focusing on the girls to see where it may evolve this outdoor season. By taking our current athletes between Feb.-Mar. 14 and comparing them with performances in each month of 2016 (March, April, May, June), we're taking a small sample size to predict, perhaps, what athletes may need to run to be considered the best in the nation. 

Currently, four girls have run times faster than 2:11 and 15 have run ahead of 2:14 pace. 

But as 2016 told us, that's to be expected. Seven girls ran under 2:11 pace for the period of March in 2016 -- including two returnees from this year -- and 15 ran under 2:12 pace.

But as the months go along, the "elite range" in the  800m significantly changes, with times dropping and margins between those performances gaps closing. 

In April of 2016, the range widened considerably, with a top time of 2:06 emerging -- by national leader Sammy Watson -- and 21 girls running under 2:11 pace. 

Take a look at the top times from each month a year ago. 

Month-By-Month Elite performances 

March: 2:08.11, Bolles (Fl.) High's Caitlin Collier -- 3 athletes under 2:10

April: 2:06.50, Rush Henrietta (NY) High's Sammy Watson -- 5 athletes under 2:10

May: 2:05.65, Billings (MT) High Christina Aragon -- 5 athletes under 2:07

June: 2:02.91, Rush Henrietta (NY) High's Sammy Watson -- 4 athletes under 2:04


2017: Current 800 Meter Runs by females Jan.-Mar. 14

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
12:09.03
FL Bolles HS
2018
22:10.01
FL Miami Southridge HS
2017
32:10.66
FL Riverview HS
2018
42:10.99
AZ Chandler High School
2019
52:11.09
CA Norco High School (SS)
2017
62:11.69
TX Houston Lamar
2017
72:11.80
TX Jersey Village
2017
82:12.15
FL Mater Academy Charter MS/HS
2021
92:12.79
TX Frisco Heritage
2019
102:13.03
TX Frisco Liberty
2019
112:13.21
CO Broomfield High School
2018
122:13.37
TX McKinney North
2020
132:13.75
NV Centennial High
2017
142:13.82
FL George M. Steinbrenner HS
2020
152:14.18
AZ Hamilton High School
2018
162:14.30
TX Cypress Falls
2017
172:14.37
AZ Corona del Sol High School
2017
182:14.38
CA California High (NC)
2018
192:14.54
CA Carlsbad High School (SD)
2017
202:14.78
TX La Porte
2017
212:14.80
CA Polytechnic Riverside (SS)
2018
222:15.06
TX Aledo
2020
232:15.20
CA Centennial Corona (SS)
2018
242:15.21
TX Plano Senior HS
2017
252:15.23
CA La Costa Canyon (SD)
2018
262:15.60
CA Claremont High (SS)
2017
272:15.67
AZ North Canyon High School
2020
282:15.95
FL Lake Brantley HS
2020
282:15.95
CA Vacaville High School (SJ)
2019
302:16.00
TX New Caney Porter
2017
312:16.02
CO Peak to Peak Charter School
2019
322:16.20
CA Dana Hills High School (SS)
2017
332:16.33
TX Marcus
2018
342:16.51
FL Boyd Anderson HS
2019
352:16.59
AZ North Canyon High School
2019
362:16.62
CA West Ranch (SS)
2017
372:16.68
TX Katy
2017
382:16.71
FL Gulliver Prep HS
2020
392:16.73
FL Miami Northwestern HS
2018
402:17.05
GA Westminster HS
2019
412:17.07
TX Copperas Cove
2017
422:17.14
TX DeSoto
2017
432:17.19
FL Winter Park HS
2018
442:17.22
CA Capistrano Valley High (SS)
2018
452:17.30
CA Malibu High School (SS)
2019
462:17.31
CA Bakersfield High School (CS)
2017
472:17.38
CA Roseville High School (SJ)
2017
472:17.38
TX Katy Tompkins
2018
492:17.39
FL North Marion HS
2017
502:17.48
TX Austin Vandegrift
2017


A year ago, March, as always, turned into a diverse field of runners figuring out the 800m, with runners learning out how to attack the race and emerging from offseason training. 


2016: Girls 800 Meter Run from Mar. 1-31

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
12:08.11
FL Bolles HS
2018
22:09.35
CA Huntington Beach High (SS)
2016
32:09.60
TX Jersey Village
2017
42:10.39
CA Marlborough High (SS)
2016
52:10.58
SC Daniel
2016
62:10.72
CA Great Oak High School (SS)
2016
72:10.74
FL Miami Southridge HS
2017
82:11.00
CA Golden Valley High (SS)
2016
92:11.09
FL Lake Brantley HS
2016
102:11.31
CA San Marcos Senior High (SS)
2017
102:11.31
TX McKinney Boyd
2016
122:11.80
CO Air Academy High School
2016
132:11.85
CA Palos Verdes High (SS)
2016
142:12.48
CA Centennial Corona (SS)
2018
152:12.60
CA Etiwanda High School (SS)
2017
162:12.69
GA Athens Academy
2018
172:12.78
CA Redondo Union High School (SS)
2017
182:12.80
FL Ransom Everglades School
2016
192:12.90
CA Polytechnic Riverside (SS)
2018
202:13.18
AL Hoover
2016
212:13.20
OK Bartlesville High School
2018
222:13.57
CA Oaks Christian High (SS)
2017
232:13.72
FL Fort Walton Beach HS
2016
242:13.78
FL Miami Northwestern HS
2016
252:14.00
TX San Antonio Saint Mary's Hall
2018
262:14.06
CA Central Valley Christian (CS)
2016
272:14.10
CO Classical Academy, The
2019
282:14.16
CA Rancho Bernardo High (SD)
2016
292:14.26
AZ Corona del Sol High School
2017
302:14.31
TX Kingwood High School
2017
312:14.42
AZ Chandler High School
2019
322:14.53
IA Linn-Mar High School
2016
332:14.54
CA La Jolla Senior High (SD)
2019
332:14.54
CA Claremont High (SS)
2017
352:14.61
FL Riverview HS
2018
362:14.67
TX Stafford
2016
372:14.76
OK Jenks High School
2018
382:14.82
PA Penn Wood
2017
392:14.97
TX Cypress Falls
2017
402:14.99
FL Space Coast HS
2016
412:15.05
CA Tesoro High (SS)
2016
422:15.06
FL Fort Walton Beach HS
2016
432:15.10
TX Joshua
2017
432:15.10
AZ North Canyon High School
2016
452:15.13
TX Katy
2016
462:15.16
WA Garfield High School
2016
472:15.19
CA Carlsbad High School (SD)
2017
482:15.20
TX Smithson Valley
2016
492:15.23
CA Newbury Park High School (SS)
2016
502:15.26
CA West Ranch (SS)
2017


In April of 2016, the range widened considerably, with a top time of 2:06 emerging -- by national leader Sammy Watson -- and 21 girls running under 2:11 pace. 


2016: Girls 800 Meter Run from April 1-30

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
12:06.50
NY Rush Henrietta Sperry
2017
22:07.25
VA Lake Braddock
2017
32:09.61
CA California High (NC)
2018
42:09.62
CA St. Francis Sacramento (SJ)
2016
52:09.76
TX McKinney Boyd
2016
62:10.00
CA Etiwanda High School (SS)
2017
72:10.04
FL Bolles HS
2018
82:10.05
TX Jersey Village
2017
92:10.14
NY Suffern
2017
102:10.27
VA Western Branch High School
2016
102:10.27
CA Huntington Beach High (SS)
2016
122:10.36
AZ Liberty High School
2016
132:10.57
GA Athens Academy
2018
142:10.71
AZ Chandler High School
2019
152:10.76
TX Katy
2016
162:10.82
IA Assumption High School
2017
172:10.86
VA Patriot High School
2017
182:10.87
MN Wayzata High School
2016
192:10.91
FL Miami Southridge HS
2017
202:10.93
GA Milton High School
2016
202:10.93
CA Santa Cruz High (CC)
2018
222:11.03
CA San Marcos Senior High (SS)
2017
232:11.11
CA Centennial Corona (SS)
2018
242:11.16
WA Lakeside School
2017
252:11.20
SC Daniel
2016
262:11.26
MT Glacier High School
2018
272:11.29
CA Carlsbad High School (SD)
2017
282:11.47
WA Holy Names Academy
2017
292:11.56
TX Marcus
2018
302:11.58
IA Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School
2017
312:11.73
CA La Jolla Senior High (SD)
2017
322:11.74
VA West Springfield
2016
322:11.74
WA Garfield High School
2016
342:11.77
CA Golden Valley High (SS)
2016
352:11.80
NV Centennial High
2017
362:11.81
FL Ransom Everglades School
2019
372:11.82
MI Ann Arbor Pioneer
2017
382:11.87
MT Billings Sr High School
2016
392:11.88
PA Unionville
2017
402:11.94
TX Smithson Valley
2016
412:11.95
AZ Rio Rico High School
2017
422:11.98
CA San Juan Hills (SS)
2016
432:12.05
TX Fort Worth Paschal
2016
442:12.06
LA St. Michael
2017
452:12.19
FL Fort Walton Beach HS
2016
462:12.22
UT Maple Mountain High School
2016
472:12.23
OK Bartlesville High School
2018
482:12.28
TX Kingwood High School
2017
492:12.34
NY Bronxville
2017
502:12.37
CA Menlo-Atherton High School (CC)
2016


The very next month, May exploded with top performances, with the top 50 runners in the nation all going under 2:11. The "elite range" changed dropped, or as race tactics would say "gapped" the field, by cutting significantly. The top 15 girls ran under 2:08, with the nation's best -- Watson again, cutting a second off her previous best. 


2016: Girls 800 Meter Run from May 1-30

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE










32:05.65
MT Billings Sr High School
2016
42:06.06
TX McKinney Boyd
2016
52:06.61
NY Rush Henrietta Sperry
2017
62:06.74
FL Bolles HS
2018
72:06.80
PA Cardinal O'Hara
2017
82:07.04
OH Geneva
2016
92:07.34
OH Chardon
2016
102:07.51
IA Assumption High School
2017
112:07.53
PA Penn Wood
2016
122:07.65
MN Wayzata High School
2016
132:07.71
CA California High (NC)
2018
142:07.93
NY Elmira Notre Dame
2018
152:08.32
CA Palos Verdes High (SS)
2016
162:08.48
CA San Marcos Senior High (SS)
2017
172:08.51
NC Leesville Road
2017
182:08.52
MT Helena High School
2016
192:08.55
TX Houston Lamar
2017
202:08.77
NY Hamilton
2016
212:08.87
CT Wilbur Cross High School
2016
222:08.99
AL Hoover
2016
232:09.01
CA Centennial Corona (SS)
2018
242:09.10
FL Lake Brantley HS
2016
252:09.25
AZ Liberty High School
2016
262:09.28
MT Glacier High School
2018
262:09.28
WA Lakeside School
2017
282:09.36
NY North Rockland
2016
292:09.40
CA Marlborough High (SS)
2016
302:09.51
AZ Chandler High School
2019
312:09.56
CA Huntington Beach High (SS)
2016
322:09.59
NY Shenendehowa
2018
332:09.62
SC Daniel
2016
342:09.65
PA Central Bucks West
2016
352:09.80
NV Centennial High
2017
362:09.88
NJ Freehold Twp HS
2016
362:09.88
CA Etiwanda High School (SS)
2017
382:09.91
IL Downers Grove South High School
2016
392:09.97
CO Air Academy High School
2016
402:10.00
CA Monte Vista High (NC)
2016
412:10.01
OR Grant
2016
422:10.02
MO Kickapoo High School
2016
432:10.04
FL Miami Southridge HS
2017
442:10.08
VA Lake Braddock
2017
452:10.20
VA West Springfield
2016
462:10.29
OH St. Thomas Aquinas
2017
472:10.31
WA Holy Names Academy
2017
472:10.31
WA Holy Names Academy
2017
492:10.36
GA Athens Academy
2018
502:10.44
NC Leesville Road
2016


By June, to stay within the pack, you needed to run in the range of 2:07 or below. Watson once again led the nation with a 2:02 best, while three more ran in the 2:04 range. 


2016: Girls 800 Meter Run from June 1-30

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
12:02.91
NY Rush Henrietta Sperry
2017
22:02.96
TX McKinney Boyd
2016
32:03.43
MN Wayzata High School
2016
42:04.89
FL Bolles HS
2018
52:06.04
MT Billings Sr High School
2016
62:06.10
SC Daniel
2016
72:06.37
NY Hamilton
2016
82:06.55
VA Patriot High School
2017
92:06.65
NY Bronxville
2017
102:06.70
VA Lake Braddock
2017
112:06.86
CA California High (NC)
2018
122:06.87
AL Hoover
2016
132:07.03
OH Geneva
2016
142:07.06
AZ Chandler High School
2019
152:07.77
OH Chardon
2016
162:07.93
PA Central Bucks West
2016
172:07.98
CA Del Oro High (SJ)
2018
182:08.50
PA Friends' Central
2018
192:08.54
WA Lakeside School
2017
202:08.55
NV Centennial High
2017
212:08.62
CA St. Francis Sacramento (SJ)
2016
222:08.79
CA Marlborough High (SS)
2016
232:08.88
CA Palos Verdes High (SS)
2016
242:09.03
CA Huntington Beach High (SS)
2016
252:09.04
CA San Marcos Senior High (SS)
2017
262:09.05
NY Shenendehowa
2018
272:09.09
MI Ann Arbor Pioneer
2017
282:09.12
NC Leesville Road
2016
292:09.27
CA Centennial Corona (SS)
2018
302:09.29
MA Newton South High School
2017
312:09.49
IA Assumption High School
2017
322:09.51
CA Etiwanda High School (SS)
2017
332:09.61
PA Penn Wood
2017
342:09.76
OH Jonathan Alder
2017
352:09.87
MO Kickapoo High School
2016
362:10.11
PA Germantown Friends School
2016
362:10.11
PA Academy of Notre Dame
2016
382:10.14
CA Rancho Bernardo High (SD)
2016
392:10.15
NH Bedford High School
2017
402:10.17
NJ Tenafly HS
2017
412:10.18
CO Horizon High School
2018
412:10.18
MA Acton-Boxborough High School
2018
432:10.20
MI Oak Park
2018
442:10.24
MA Bellingham High School
2016
452:10.38
NY Saratoga Springs
2017
462:10.40
CA Monte Vista High (NC)
2016
472:10.42
GA Tucker
2019
472:10.42
OH Walsh Jesuit
2017
492:10.52
OH Gahanna Lincoln
2019
502:10.65
MI Hudsonville
2018


Comments