2018 Winner: Dustin Horter, Liberty Township, Ohio, 4:08.03
Armory Record: Drew Hunter, Loudoun Valley, Virginia, 3:57.81
National Record: Drew Hunter, Loudoun Valley, Virginia, 3:57.81
Analysis: After his US No. 2 all-time performance of 2:23.46 in the 1K earlier this year at USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships, New York's Payamps looked to be the favorite in this race. He holds the ninth fastest mile time with his 4:12.39 from his win at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in January.
We also need to pay attention to Foster Malleck from Ontario, Canada, who has run a 3:57.82 PR in the 1500m and a 3:51.97 in the 1500m outdoors. His best indoor mile is a 4:07.28, which would currently beat any times run by an American high schooler this year and currently stands as the US No. 1 time for U20 athletes.
Those two guys aren't the only ones in the mix though. Michigan's Nick Foster could be a potential threat as well--he's run a 4:07.16 which converts to a 4:08.59 full mile. Tennessee native and Foot Locker Nationals runner-up Jake Renfree could also be int he mix, as he's already thrown down a 4:12.40 full mile this year.
Depending on how strategy plays out in this race there could be a number of guys not listed above who could also be in the mix for the win.