Flashback Friday: Thomas Boyden Drops 4:11.13 at BYU Invite

As a freshman in 2017, 4:47.50 was Thomas Boyden's fastest 1,600m of the year.

The next year, though, he shaved 24.60 seconds off that performance. And then as a junior, he posted a time of 4:11.13 from the BYU High School Invitational, which was ranked 38th in the nation.

For the first lap, he hung in second place comfortably behind Springville's (UT) Grant Gardner. Then, with 600m left in the race, Boyden decided to make a move for first place.

With one lap to go, he had about a 25m lead on Gardner. But Gardner tried closing the gap as best as he could during the last 300m. With a straightaway left in the race, Gardner ran out of gears to shift to and Boyden kept hammering towards the finish line. Boyden finished ahead of Gardner by nearly two and half seconds in this race. 

Concluding his senior year, Boyden competed at the Snow Canyon Invitational and ran a personal best and state record of 4:05.16 in March. This times marks the 47th fastest time on the national high school all-time list. The Skyline (UT) graduate will be starting his freshman year at Stanford in the fall. 

1	Thomas Boyden	11	Skyline	4:11.13		13
2	Grant Gardner	12	Springville	4:13.70		13
3	Hayden Harward	11	Richfield	4:18.41		13
4	Luke Grundvig	12	American Fork	4:19.36		13
5	Wyatt Evans	12	Spanish Fork	4:19.38		13
6	Ian Valentine	12	Alta	4:19.60		13
7	Joshua Armstrong	10	Hurricane	4:20.01		13
8	Caleb Armstrong	12	Hurricane	4:20.77		13