The Best Girls Distance Runners, 6th-12th Grade

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Today we're taking a look at athletes through each class, starting with 6th grade distance runners all the way up to the senior ranks. 

It's an interesting study on where athletes progress and how much development they make over a given year. Check out the top ranks of the 1600m, for instance. (Note: 2018 rankings were pulled from our high school and middle school databases, so runners who run for their high schools in the 6th-7th-8th grades won't show up in those 2022-2023-2024 lists). 

2018: Olivia O'Keeffe, Davis Senior (CA), 4:42.71

2019: Ericka Vanderlende, Rockford (MI), 4:45.17

2020: Katelynne Hart, Glenbard West (IL), 4:43.07

2021: Jacqueline Duarte, Chino Hills (CA), 4:44.87

2022: Jenna Hutchins, Liberty Bell MS (TN), 5:07.85

2023: Bridget Gallagher, Our Lady of Mount Carmel MS (IN), 5:10.69 - Lauren Ping, Cotter (MN), 4:59.28

2024: Charlotte Bell, Cuthbertson MS (NC), 5:18.94 


Class of 2024 - Class of 2023 - Class of 2022 - Class of 2021 - Class of 2020 - Class of 2019 - Class of 2018



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