Although the best time in the field of 46.40 was clocked by Izaiah Brown at the New York State Meet this past weekend, Brown is going to see some tough competition! The senior has some wheels as he won the 400m at the New York State Championship this past weekend and took second in the 200m dash with a time of 21.10. He was the runner up at New Balance National Indoor meet this past winter where he finished just behind Ria Benjamin.
Brown's competition will come from a stacked field of guys including Virginia state Champ Josephus Lyles and eighth grader Tyrese Cooper from Miami, Florida. Lyles finished first in the event last year at NBNO, but took third at New Balance Indoor Nationals this winter, finishing just three tenths of a second behind Brown.
It's crazy to think an eighth grader could be in the mix to win in a field mostly filed with juniors and seniors, but this kid is just that fast! Cooper has clocked some crazy fast times that would rank among the best high schoolers in the country - running a 10.51 100m, 21.19 200m and 47.13 400m. With his 400m time of 47.13, he took second in a field of high schoolers at the Golden South Classic.
Take a look below at the US Top 50 ranked athletes who will be competing in the championship Boys 400m Dash at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor based on the entry list as of June 15th. Register and find more information on the New Balance Nationals here.
US Top 50 Ranked In New Balance Nationals Boys 400m Dash (as of 6/16)
Event 5 Boys 400 Meter Run Championship =============================================================================== Sunday 6/21/2015 - 2:15 PM Josephus Lyles is defending champion National: 44.69 7/24/1982 Darrell Robinson, Wilson, Tacoma, WA Meet: 45.38 6/19/2004 La Shawn Merritt, Wilson, Portsmouth, VA Freshman: 46.55 1985 William Reed, Central, Phila, PA Sophomore: 45.14 1995 Obea Moore, Muir, Pasadena, CA Junior: 45.17 1987 William Reed, Central, Phila, PA Senior: 44.69 7/24/1982 Darrell Robinson, Wilson, Tacoma, WA Name Year School =============================================================================== 1 3064 Allen, Will 16 Lexington, KY 2 54 Brown, Izaiah 15 Amsterdam, NY 3 3345 Bunion, Deshawne 15 Rahway, NJ 4 3331 Cachon, Brandon 16 Naples, FL 5 2486 Cooper, Tyrese 19 Miami, FL 6 1394 Gomez, Rico 15 Cheltanham, MD 7 2975 Huggins, Nathanaiel 16 opelika, AL 8 3942 Johnson, Bobby 17 College Park, GA 9 3527 Love-Soles, Kaylan 15 Mint Hill, NC 10 4049 Lyles, Josephus 16 Alexandria, VA 11 1859 Pierre, Evander 15 Newark, NJ 12 4478 Pratt, Darnell 17 Ellicott City, M 13 3911 Smith, Dominic 16 Saint Johns, FL 14 597 Snyder, Andrew 16 Camp Hill, PA 15 4383 Tatham, Rasheed 15 Pembroke Pines, 16 4308 Thompson, Christopher 16 Lemont, IL 17 4469 Willis, Maxwell 16 Bowie, MD