VOTE: #TrackMadness North and West Regions 2nd Round

Vote below for the North AND West Regional finalist

  • Round 2 North/West Region: Polls close end of the day on Tuesday, August 4 at midnight (12:00am Wednesday morning)
  • Round 2 East/South Region: 12:00am Wednesday - end of the day on Thursday, August 6 at midnight (12:00am Friday morning)

Final 8 teams in #TrackMadness bracket will be released on Friday morning, August 7

North Region

Vote below for the two moments that you think should represent the North Region and the two moments you think should represent the West Region in the #TrackMadness quarterfinal

MATCHUP ONE

1) The #WHAMSAUCE collision took the world by storm when Taylor McLaughlin came barreling across the finish line in the 400m Final at New Balance Nationals Indoor, running full speed into the volunteer holding the finish line tape. The volunteer dropped the tape and after an effort to pick the tape back up, she attempted to make her way off the track. Her effort failed and McLaughlin and the poor lady went airborne. Our own Jimmy Stevenson was on call and said, "He just WHAMSAUCED the meet crew!" Dozens of other media outlets from across the globe picked this gem up including ESPN and some sources from Australia and Japan.

400M #WHAMSAUCE Collision Taking The World By Storm!

2) Some thought Grant Fisher was unbeatable at the high school level. He did not lose a race for the entirety of his junior and senior seasons . . . until June 20, 2015. With 400m left in the Brooks PR 2 Mile, Fisher and junior Drew Hunter separated themselves from the field. Either the favorite would win or the young Hunter would shock the masses. With 200m to go, Fisher attempted to make a move by going around Hunter on the outside. Hunter held him off there and the rest of the final curve before dropping Fisher on the final homestretch. Hunter ran a US #9 all-time with his 8:42.51, proving that Fisher can be beat by a fellow US high schooler.

Brooks PR 2 Mile Race
Post-race interview with Drew Hunter
Post-race interview with Grant Fisher


MATCHUP TWO

1) At the Florida Middle School State Championships, 8th grader Tyrese Cooper not only swept the sprint triple with but set three new meet records in the 100m (10.61), 200m (21.26) and 400m (47.76) to get the entire nation talking. At the time, his 200m ranked US #16 against all US high schoolers.

8th Grader Tyrese Cooper Runs Insane Sprint Triple In Florida

2) After winning NXN six years in a row then losing to Wayzata, MN in 2013, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country squad showed up to a sloppy Glendoveer Golf Course looking to bring the big metal star back to New York. They accomplished that feat and sweetened the deal as their boys team captured their first NXN title. December 6, 2014 marks the first time ever where the same school won NXN on both the boys and girls side, thanks to the legendary Head Coach Bill Aris (pictured above).

WATCH NXN Championship Boys Race
WATCH NXN Championship Girls Race
FM Head Coach Bill Aris post-race interview
FM Boys post-race interview
FM Girls post-race interview


WEST REGION

Vote below for the two moments that you think should represent the West Regional in the #TrackMadness quarterfinals

MATCHUP ONE

1) Candace Hill crushed the 100m National Record at Brooks PR Invitational with a 10.98. The sophomore is the first high school girl to break 11 seconds in the 100m, beating the previous NR by .12 (Kaylin Whitney, 11.10). Hill also set the American Junior Record, a World Youth Best and #10 in the World this year. For comparison, her 10.98 would rank #8 All-Time in the NCAA 100m. This simply was the most impressive national record on paper.

WATCH Candace Hill's 10.98 National Record
Candace Hill Brooks PR post race interview

2) The Loucks Games 3200m race was one for the record books, literally! The race saw four different state records go down, including New York by Brannigan (8:42.92), Connecticut by Ostberg (8:43.93), New Hampshire by Eli Moskowitz (3rd, 8:44.79), and Rhode Island by Jack Salisbury (8th, 8:56.55). At the time, five of the nation's top six 3200m times were ran at the Loucks Games. It was one of the deepest 3200m races ever seen on the East Coast with ten guys running sub-9:00.

Loucks Games 2 Mile
Full Loucks Games 2 Mile Recap


MATCHUP TWO

1) Grant Fisher was in a league of his own at New Balance Nationals Indoor, crushing the rest of the field in the 1 Mile when the unthinkable happened. On pace to run a sub 4:00 mile, the senior tripped on the rail and fell off the track toward the infield. After several steps in the infield, Fisher recovered and still raced to victory despite losing valuable time due to the mishap. Many people debate if his 4:03 would have been good for a sub 4:00 Mile if he didn't clip the rail and nearly have a face full of track. But hey, a meet record after all that is not that bad.

Champ Boys Mile Grant Fisher 4:03 almost falls 2015 NBI

2) Anna Rohrer defies the odds and wins her second Foot Locker title two years after she won her first FL title in 2013 as a sophomore. The only other person to win two FL titles in nonconsecutive years is Jordan Hasay (2005, 2008). The cross country season sandwiched in between Rohrer's two FL titles included six weeks in a wheelchair because she broke the navicular bones in both of her feet. To chalk her second national XC win up to a "comeback" is quite simply an understatement.

On The Rise: Anna Rohrer - Episode 1
On The Rise: Anna Rohrer - Episode 2
735 Days Between Foot Locker Titles for Anna Rohrer
WATCH Foot Locker Nationals Girls Race
Post Race Interview with Anna Rohrer