Rebecca Story's 2017 debut in the 3200m Friday was everything she could have asked for.
Under the lights and against mild rain, the Christian Academy (Tn) of Knoxville junior scored a meet record of 10:15.85 to win the girls section at the Eastern Relays, which was held at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
It was Story's second fastest time of her career, challenging only her 9:59.85 at the Hoka One One Postal Nationals in November, and also landed her a US No. 6 time.
Six girls recorded times under 11 minutes, including Lexington Catholic (Ky.) High senior Michaela Reinhart, who posted a time of 10:25.26, and three went under the old meet record of 10:34.
|GIRLS 3,200 METER RUN 17-18 FINALS|
|1||Rebecca Story||11||Christian Academy of Knoxville||10:15.85||1|
|2||Michaela Reinhart||12||Lexington Catholic||10:25.26||1|
|3||Kendall Hayes||10||Lexington Christian||10:32.81||1|
|6||Claire Steigerwald||11||Gahanna Lincoln||10:59.15||1|
|7||Sloan Walter||10||Cardinal Gibbons||11:03.20||1|
|8||Alena Sapienza-Wright||11||duPont Manual||11:04.55||1|
|9||Shanice Garbutt||11||Danville High School||11:04.68||1|
|10||Erica Fisher||10||Arlington High School||11:10.01||1|
Horter Goes Sub-9 In a Downpour
It was impressive that when the rain started to come down, the boys only got better.
Lakota East (Oh.) junior Dustin Horton threw down a personal record performance, running a season best of 8:56.62 -- his first time under 9 minutes -- to win despite aggressive conditions.
DuPont Manual (Ky.) High's Yared Nuguse was second in 9:06.44 and Olentangy Orange (Oh.) High's Hunter Moore was third in 9:14.84.
|BOYS 3,200 METER RUN 17-18 FINALS|
|1||Dustin Horter||11||Lakota East||8:56.62||1|
|2||Yared Nuguse||12||duPont Manual||9:06.44||1|
|3||Hunter Moore||12||Olentangy Orange||9:14.84||1|
|4||Tyler Dau||12||Geneva High School||9:16.44||1|
|5||Titus Winders||11||Henry County High School||9:17.78||1|
|8||Skylar Stidam||11||Christian Academy of Indiana||9:18.92||1|
|10||Joel Barlow||12||Wilson Central High School||9:22.29||1|