Right off the bat, we know a few things. Some states don't run the 300m or 500m, including Michigan and Texas, so that knocks out Oak Park and DeSoto, respectively. The East Orange squad from New Jersey hasn't run these distances, either. Below, we have our top 10 for comparison.
- 1. East Orange (NJ)
- 2. Saint Joseph's Prep (PA)
- 3. Desoto (Texas)
- 4. Bullis (MD)
- 5. Freeport (NY)
- 6. Newburgh Free Academy (NY)
- 7. Oak Park (MI)
- 8. L.C. Bird (VA)
- 9. Hancock (MI)
- 10. St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)
A. We can see a very obvious point of contention. The nation's second-best 4x400 team can't hang in the 300m. Saint Joseph's Prep (PA) is ranked 137 currently of top five squads with 300m times, and it lacks the depth to compete at that distance.
B. New York's success in the 300m heavily correlates to its ability in the 4x400, as athletes on its squads do in fact go up in distance, though Freeport (21) and Newburgh (109) have ultimately experienced different paths in the 300m.
C. Bullis (MD) is a top five boys team in the 4x400, but it hasn't been able to translate its great success in the 300m -- Eric Allen has the nation's second best time and has gone an extraordinary 32.84 -- to a better showing in the 4x400 just yet. These times should tell us, though, that it's very possible that Bullis could finish this season as a No. 1 or No. 2 team in the 4x400.