Sam Gilman, Hilton Head (SC)
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Event: 800m, 1-Mile
Breakdown: Gilman had one of the more impressive performances at New Balance Nationals Indoor, finishing first in the Emerging Elite 800m in 1:52.50 and fifth overall in the boys mile, going 4:10.37 from the slow heat. Gilman's strength is his engine, and he seems to only get stronger the farther a race prolongs.
But he didn't have the best junior season -- at least on a national front -- hitting times of 1:59.89 in the 800m and 4:31.81. Gilman's out for a different kind of senior season, and Bojangles represents a good opportunity to reinforce what he wants everyone to see: Just how good he can be.