Brooks PR Event-By-Event Preview

Girls 800

The Favorite

It's tough to argue against the nation's best half-miler, who has a chance to potentially go sub-2:00 if the pace is dictated in the right way. But even if the pace goes out too easy in the first 400m, New York's Sammy Watson still has phenomenal leg turnover, with 24 second 200m and 52 second 400m speed. If anyone is up to the task, it's Virginia's Rachel McArthur, who has 55 second 400m closing speed. If McArthur, or Texas' Julia Heymach or California's Alyssa Brewer, a two-time CIF champion in the 800m, can somehow withstand a tough opening 400m, they could challenge Watson in the final 200m. The meet record of 2:03.46, last accomplished by Alexa Efraimson in 2016, is likely to go down here. 

The Contenders

Outside of the top two candidates, this will be Heymach's third straight appearance in Brooks PR and her second attempt at a fast 800m -- her last earned her a third-place outing. Brewer has probably the best kick outside of McArthur and is a proven winner, while Kristie Schoffield recently won the New England Championships in 2:06.90. Utah's Kate Hunter and New Hampshire's Leya Salis could be solid sleeper candidates to finish in the top five as well. 

The Prediction 

We're hoping the race goes out in 60 in the first lap and Sammy Watson splits a negative 400m to hold on for a sub-2 performance, challenging Mary Cain's national record of 1:59.51, which was set back in 2013. 

The Field


Sammy Watson

SRHenrietta, NY2:00.78

Rachel McArthur

SRNokesville, VA2:05.42

Julia Heymach

SRHouston, TX2:05.64

Alyssa Brewer

JRDanville, CA2:06.86

Morgan Foster

SOChandler, AZ2:07.06

Jacquelyn Hill

SREtwianda, CA2:08.06

Kristie Schoffield

SRConcord, NH2:08.46

Leya Salis

JRBedford, NH2:08.59

Kate Hunter

SRProvo, UT2:09.55

Erin Ripple

SRSeattle, WA2:10.27

Kelly Makin

JRBeaverton, OR2:10.99

Kate Jendrezak

FRSammamish, WA2:10.99

Brooke Manson

JRSammamish, WA2:11.37

Mackenzie Ellison

SRSnellville, GA2:12.81

- Cory Mull

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