Brooks PR Girls Preview: 4 from the same squad!?!

Yes, this is only the third year that Brooks has put on the Brooks PR meet from The Dempsey at the University of Washington, however, a truly unique stat has emerged this year.  Four girls will represent their team in three different events, two of them are twin sisters, and one of them is a defending champion who will run half the distance this year in pursuit of another title.  

Grosse Pointe South, MI is the team and the athletes are Hannan Meier, Haley Meier, Ersula Farrow and Kelsie Schwartz.  Hannah won the Mile last year with a time of 4:43.28 but will compete in the 800m run this year.  Ersula will join her in the 800m field.  Haley Meier will go after the Mile title that her sister won last year and that she finished 3rd in with a time of 4:48.10.  Kelsie will compete in the 2 mile run.  And just in case you are asking, yes, all 4 deserve to be here among the nation's best.  This foursome won the NBIN DMR last March with a blazing time of 11:39.29.  Wow!

Not to be outdone, all of the races feature top-notch talent and each race is previewed below!

 

Marybeth Sant at the Simplot Games.

60m: Five returners make up this stellar sprint field.  Kali-Davis White was 4th last year in 7.44 and should challenge for a top spot once again.  Marybeth Sant was 7th last year in 7.48 but has rocked a time of 7.30 so far this winter, and stands a solid shot of walking away with the win.  Hannah Cunliffe was in the race last year and was 6th in 7.48, Kennadi Bouyer was 9th in 7.58 and Deanna Hill was 10th in 7.74.   

 

Aaliyah Brown              Frankfort                              IL      SR

Kali Davis-White          Lauderdale Lakes             FL     SR

Ariana Washington      Long Beach                       CA    JR

Kennadi Bouyer           University Place                WA   SR

Marybeth Sant              Highlands Ranch              CO    SR

Rushell Harvey             Richmond                          TX     SR

Hannah Cunliffe           Federal Way                      WA    JR

Chyna Ries                    Denver                               CO    JR

Deanna Hill                    Orlando                              FL    JR

Jada Martin                     Lithonia                             GA   SR

 

Dior Hall has been dominate in the hurdles this winter.

60mH: Can anybody beat Dior Hall over hurdles in her quest to repeat as Brooks PR champ? That is the question we all can't wait to be answered on Sunday! Hall has gone 8.17 seconds in the 60H this winter, just .01 off of the National Record of 8.16 by Jacquelyn Coward from 2008.  With that type of form, and Hall's consistency we could see an attempt at the National Record that would leave all others in the race running for 2nd place.  Not to diminish their talent in the slightest, as Sasha Wallace boasts an 8.31 clocking over 60m Hurdles and Kendell Williams has gone 8.39, and either could take advantage of a misstep by Hall.  Returners with experience in the race are Skylar Ross-Ransom, who was 4th in 8.50 and Jordan Munford, who was 5th in 8.68.

 

Dior Hall                          Denver                               CO   JR

Sasha Wallace               Castro Valley                    CA    SR

Kendell Williams            Marietta                              GA     SR

Jordan Munford              Rancho Cucamonga      CA     SR

Mollie Williams               Clayton                              NC     SR

Skylar Ross-Ransom    Houston                             TX       SR

Samantha Michell          Reed City                          MI        SR

Pattriana Perry                Vacaville                          CA       JR

Deshaunda Morrison    Calgary                             CAN    SR

 

Parrish is fast, but is she fast enough?

400m: Two returners are in this one, Precious Holmes, who was 2nd last year in 53.53 and Sydnee Over, who was 6th last year in 55.61.  But both could be threatened by Deja Parrish, a junior with 23.94 and 53.20 creds behind her.      

 

Precious Holmes           New Haven               CT       SR

Deja Parrish                   Plantation                  FL        JR

Sydnee Over                  Windsor                     CT        SR

Shamier Little                 Chicago                     IL         SR

Kendall Ellis                   Ft. Lauderdale          FL        JR

Hannah Derby              Tacoma                      WA       SR

 

Meier (blue&white) won the NBIN Mile last year.

800m: There are two experienced returners in this race but also some dangerous newcomers to be on the alert for.  Kellie Davis was 3rd last year with a sterling time of 2:12.89 and Reagan Anderson was 6th with a clocking of 2:14.03.  Among the newcomers Emma Gallagher has to be a favorite with 55 second 400 speed and a 1:30.35 600m and 2:09.80 800m PR's under her belt.  She is also quite race savvy and shrugs off intimidation.  Hannah Meier is also among the girls to be in the hunt at the end of the race.  Hannah boasts a 2:06.80 in the 800m run and 56 second 400 speed.  She also recently won a mile in 4:44 and was last year's mile champ here.  Hold onto your horses as 800m indoors goes really fast!

 

Hannah Meier             Gross Pointe Farms   MI        SR

Therese Haiss             Solon                           OH       SR

Nikki Hiltz                     Aptos                            CA        SR

Stefanie Kurgatt          Tallahassee                FL         SR

Emma Gallagher        Garden City                 NY        SO

Ersula Farrow             Gross Pointe Farms   MI          SO

Reagan Anderson     Greenville                    DE         SR

Kellie Davis                 New Haven                 CT         SR

Katie Willard                Woodlands                 TX          JR

Courtney Clayton       Rockton                        IL           SR

Jamie Morrissey         Rochester Hills           MI          SR

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Neale was runner-up last year, can she get it this year?

MILE: This is going to be a great race with 5 experienced returners from last year.  Haley Meier was third, as mentioned above, and will definitely be in the hunt for the title.  Amy-Eloise Neale was 2nd last year with a time of 4:44.03 and has to be the favorite going into the race, with the experience and footspeed.  Carmen Carlos was 4th last year with a time of 4:48.28 and should be considered dangerous as well.  Heather Bates finished 7th last year with a time of 4:54.18 and Kelly Lawson was 11th with a time of 5:03.61.  Some notable newcomers to the race include Maddy Berkson from RI, Rebekah Topham from IA and Kennedy Weisner from PA.

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Maddy Berkson          Providence                  RI           JR

Amy-Eloise Neale     Snohomish                  WA         SR

Haley Meier               Gross Pointe Farms    MI          SR

Sydney Leiher           Beavercreek                OH         SR

Anna Maxwell            Felton                           CA         JR

Kelly Lawson             Carlsbad                      CA         SR

Kennedy Weisner     Saint Marys                  PA        JR

Rebekah Topham    Griswold                        IA          SO

Carmen Carlos         Mobile                            AL        SR

Heather Bates          Colorado Springs        CO        SR

Courtney Kriegshauser     Southlake           TX         SR

Paige Rice                Portland                         OR        JR

 

Could Finn and Frazier provide the epic duel of the night?

2 MILE: The mile is special as always, and the sprints should be edge-of-your-seat thrilling, but wow!  This 2 mile field could steal the show! The NBIN 5k champ and National Record holder Erin Finn is in the race, coming off a mile tune-up in 4:47.74.  Erin was 3rd last year and boasts PR's of 10:18.82 over 2 miles and 16:19.69 over 5k, the NR.  Also in the race is Wesley Frazier, the superstar from NC who is just as good as Finn.  Frazier has gone 4:42.78 for the mile and 10:10.86 for 2 miles and was 4th here last year.  Katie Knight, the WA star, is also in the race and was 6th last year in 10:28.50.  Also returning are Chandler Olson and Emma Abrahamson.  New to the field are Maria Hauger, Jordyn Colter and Alexa Efraimson, who is dangerous with 4:42 mile and 2:08 800m creds to her record.  Also in the race is Wesley's younger sister Ryen Frazier.

 

Madi McLellan         The Woodlands           TX          JR

Erin Finn                   West Bloomfield           MI          SR

Wesley Frazier         Raleigh                         NC         SR

Katie Knight             Spokane                       WA         SR

Chandler Olson      Woodinville                  WA         SR

Maria Hauger         Shakopee                     MN         SR

Jordyn Colter          Greenwood Village    CO         SO

Emma Abrahamson    Carlsbad                 CA         JR

Katie Jensen          The Woodlands           TX         SR

Ryen Frazier          Raleigh                         NC        SO

Julie McConville    Hingham                      MA        SR

Kelsie Schwartz     Gross Pointe Farms   MI          JR

Alexa Efraimson     Camas                         WA        SO