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Boys 2-Mile

The Favorite

The young gun, Brodey Hasty, is the name to pay attention to in this 2-mile. He's coming into the race fresher than most -- he didn't race for his high school this outdoor season. With only two races under his belt, he's run an impressive 4:06.8 and 4:01.7. Don't forget about his indoor season, either, where Hasty took down big names like Noah Affolder, DJ Principe and Connor Lane in the 2-mile at New Balance Indoor Nations with a 8:42 for the win.

The Contenders

The Silent Assassin, Luis Grijalva, is one of the top talents in this race and is due for a big performance at a high level, national meet. He has a 8:45 3200m time to his name, but also has some speed, as he's gone 4:07 in the 1600m. This May, he earned his first state title in the 1600 by going 4:08. 

Three other savages you have to watch out for are Seth Hirsh, Finn Gessner and Connor Lane. Both Gessner and Lane have gone 8:47 in the 3200m and have shown to be clutch in big-time races. Lane seems to always fly under the radar but performs well when he needs to. Lane went 14:17 for the 5K to finish second behind Cooper Teare in a loaded field at the Texas Distance Festival and also finished eight at Foot Locker Nationals during the XC season. Speaking of XC season, Foot Locker Nationals Runner-Up Finn Gessner is also a tornado of talent to watch out for and he knows how to put himself into striking rage in almost any race.  

But you also cant forget about Gessner's future teammate, Seth Hirsch. Hirsch had a dominate XC season finishing third at Foot Locker Nationals and fourth at Nike Cross Nationals. Hirsch still hasn't run as fast as he is capable in the 2-mile. During the Arcadia 3200m he fell and still got back up to run an impressive 8:57. Hirsch also soloed 8:54 later in the year and won that race by over 20 seconds. Look for these boys to make a case for the 2-mile title. 

The Prediction

I like going with the sleeper. He may never be the main topic of any race, but somehow Talon Hull always performs extremely well. No one had him on their radar for Foot Locker Nationals and he finished fourth in the entire country.  Being from Utah, he lives in the shadows of the American Fork three-headed dragon of Casey Clinger, Patrick Parker and McKay Johns. Hull once said that he will always be known as the guy that finished second to Casey Clinger, but come this weekend watch for Hull's 8:48 3200m strength and 1:53 half-mile speed to carry him to the front of the pack.

The Field


Brodey Hasty

JRBrentwood, TN8:45.16

Luis Grijalva

SRSuisun City, CA8:45.58 (3200)

Connor Lane

SRRaleigh, NC8:47.00 (3200)

Finn Gessner

SRMadison, WI8:47.57 (3200)

Talon Hull

SRPleasant View, UT8:48.44 (3200)

Mathew Watkins

SRMill Creek, WA8:48.84 (3200)

Michael Vernau

SRDavis, CA8:50.69 (3200)

Garrett Barton

SROgden, UT8:51.21 (3200)

Evert Silva

SRFresno, CA8:53.02 (3200)

Seth Hirsch

SROmaha, NE8:54.12 (3200)

Josh Schumacher

JRPortland, OR8:58.21

Tanner Norman

SRColorado Springs, CO9:00.62 (3200)
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