Six girls enter with times ranging from 4:41 to 4:45, which means it could be anyone's race to win. The margin between the nation's top time and those challenging for it isn't very big. Last year's winner of this race, Montana's Annie Hill, enters with the best overall time -- it's her winning time from 2016 -- though Idaho's Lexy Halladay owns a freshman national age group record of 4:41.80 and currently holds the nation's US No. 1 mark with a victory in the adidas Boost Boston Games Dream Mile. Arizona's Allie Schadler finished fifth in the same race, while Wyoming's Anna Gibson wasn't far behind, either. Sara Feeny's meet record of 4:39.42 from 2014 could be out of reach depending on the tactics of the race.
Washington's Taylor Roe, who formerly held the nation's top mark in mile after a big effort in April, has some of the best closing speed of the field with a 2:09.98 800m on record this season. Colorado's Quinn McConnell was fifth at Arcadia with a 4:51.74 effort.
If it comes down to a sit-and-kick, or the race pushes the boundaries with lap-by-lap tactics, put your money on some of the best half-milers in this field, which would include Roe, Schadler and Hill. If forced to make a pick, we'd put our money on Roe to take this one.
|SR||Rio Rico, AZ||4:43.00|
|JR||Santa Rosa, CA||4:43.92 (1600)|
|SO||Lake Stevens, WA||4:45.97|
|SR||Fort Washington, PA||4:48.03|
|SR||Abilene, TX||4:48.18 (1600)|
|SR||Seattle, WA||4:49.34 (1600)|
|SO||Portland, OR||4:32.38 (1500)|
- Cory Mull