It started with 32 of the "best moments" of the 2014-2015 school year. It's down to 4. Look at the quarterfinal results below to see the top moments that made the semi-finals of the inaugural #TrackMadness bracket
1) 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.
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).
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.
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.
1) Grant Fisher becomes the seventh American high schooler to break four minutes in the mile. He ran a U.S. No. 3 All-Time mark of 3:59.38, exactly what Matthew Maton ran earlier this spring. 2015 marks the first year that two different American high schoolers broke 4:00 in the full mile in the same year.
2) In mid-June, Kate Hall broke the National Record in the long jump with a 22-5 jump at New Balance Nationals Outdoor to win in a landslide. Her 22-5 beat Kathy McMillan's previous record that stood since 1976 by two inches. The senior from Lake Region High School in Maine broke one of the longest-standing national records recorded in girls' track and field that day by setting a massive personal record by 1 foot and 5.75 inches.
1) Matthew Maton become the sixth US prep ever to break 4:00 in the full mile, running 3:59.38. He did this at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, his soon to be college. The picture above is him with former Oregon Duck and NCAA Champion Mac Fleet.
2) On June 6, 2015 Vista Murrieta's Michael Norman arguably ran the best sprint triple in US high school sprint history. A day after running 200m, 400m, and 4x100m prelims at the California State Meet, the junior came back the next day to run U.S. No. 6 all-time in both the 200m and 400m running 20.30 and 45.19. To put the cherry on top of this historic day, Norman split 44.9 on his 4x400m anchor leg to bring his team from 7th to 3rd and help them solidify Vista Murrieta's first ever overall team state title.