2017: The Best Senior Class In The Past Five Years

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With several big meets left to go this season, this year's senior class has already seen some of the highest quality talent to ever make its mark on the track and field. The list of accolades includes several top all-time performers.

For the girls, Sydney McLaughlin holds the world junior and U.S. high school 400m hurdle record with her 54.03 from the NJSIAA Groups - 1, 4 & NP A State Championships. McLaughlin also holds the high school 300mH national record with her 38.90 from the Arcadia Invitational.

Other all-time greats from the girls include Shae Anderson of Norco (CA), Sammy Watson of Rush Henrietta (NY)Brie Oakley (CO), Alyssa Wilson (NJ), Joy McArthur (CA), and Tara Davis (CA).

Anderson holds the 11th-fastest all-time mark in the 300mH (40.41) from the Arcadia Invitational and the 14th-fastest all-time 400m (51.99) from the Mt. SAC Relays. 

In the distance events, Watson has the third-fastest all-time mark in the 800m with her 2:00.78 at the adidas Boost Boston Games, while Oakley has the ninth-fastest all-time 2-mile time of 9:56.06 (i) and fifth-fastest 5K time with her indoor 15:55.75.

In the throws, Wilson holds the national record in the shot put (57-1.25), while McArthur has the fourth-farthest throw in the hammer throw with her mark of 203 feet 7 inches. 

Last but not least, Davis holds the indoor national long jump record with her mark of 21-11 and has dominated the 100mH with a wind-legal U.S. No. 9 all-time mark of 13.01 and an all-conditions U.S. No. 1 all-time mark of 12.83 (+3.7).

Turning our attention to the guys, Texas' Joseph Sheffield has one of the best all-conditions marks in the 100m dash with a time of 10.07. 

The mile has also been a great year with four seniors running 4:00.73 or faster and several more running sub-4:10 or faster. Reed Brown was the first American high school boy this year to eclipse the sub-four-minute barrier, running 3:59.30 at the Festival of Miles in St. Louis. 

We also can't forget about the hurdles -- where Trey Cunningham ran 13.35 for U.S. No. 14 all-time, and Joseph Anderson tied No. 10 all-time by running 13.33. 

In the field events, Oklahoma's Vernon Turner holds the second-best mark in high school history with his impressive jump of 7 feet 6 inches.

The throws have been strong for the senior boys as well. In the shot put, Jordan Geist holds the fourth-best all-time mark of 76-10.5 from indoor, while Adrian Piperi of The Woodlands (Texas) sits just outside the top 10 with his U.S. No. 12 all-time throw of 74-11.5.  In the discus, Jonah Wilson (CA) and Turner Washington (AZ) are both on the all-time list.

With all that being said, this has got to be one of the most decorated senior classes we have seen in many years. Check out the top marks from each of the past five senior classes below. 


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