As a sophomore, Jenna Hutchins ran her fastest 5K of the season on the fast Casa Grande course at Nike Desert Twilight meet in Arizona.
She earned a 150 speed rating after she crossed the finish line in 16:38.97, which was nine seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Hutchins ultimately finished her 2019 season as the top sophomore and the top overall underclassman. And her effort at Desert Twilight was also the fifth-fastest time of the year in the country. Hutchins was one of 20 athletes to run a sub-17 minute for 5K.
So far during the 2020 season, the Science Hill (TN) junior has run the second-fastest time in the nation with a 16:25.08 at the Chickasaw Invitational in Oakville, Alabama, and earned a 165 speed rating -- the highest of her career.
The 2020 version of the Nike Desert Invitational is scheduled to take place on October 1-3 in Arizona.
SWEEPSTAKES GIRLS 5000 METER RUN FINALS ALL RESULTS PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT POINTS 1 Jenna Hutchins 10 Science Hill High School 16:38.97 0 2 Lauren Ping 9 Desert Vista High School 16:49.13 1 3 Samrawit Dishon 12 Niwot High School 17:08.02 2 4 Samantha Blair 10 Eagle Valley High School 17:12.32 3 5 Cameron McConnell 10 Cherokee Trail High School 17:13.77 4 6 Joslin Blair 12 Eagle Valley High School 17:17.20 5 7 Caroline Mcleskey 12 Highland High 17:18.43 6 8 Madeleine Burns 12 Durango High School 17:22.71 7