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For the last eight years, Coach Joe Lee of Bullis School (MD) developed a strong program that has performed at the highest of levels in high school track and field.
In 2019, Bullis' boys not only broke the national high school record in the 4x200m relay at The VA Showcase in 1:25.60 ...but then they did it again in the 4x400m in 3:12.53. A year earlier at the New Balance Nationals Indoors, Bullis broke the 4x200m national record in 1:34.75 on the girl's side. At that same championship meet, the girls also broke the shuttle hurdle relay national record in 30.44.
*Bullis School broke the national high school 4x400m record at the VA Showcase in 2019
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Over the last year, the biggest challenge that most coaches have faced, Lee said, is in just how to train their athletes when meets are not guaranteed to take place.
Because Lee only sees his program a handful of times throughout the week, it's meant that he's had to trust that his athletes are holding themselves accountable on the days when they aren't working out as a team.
It's evident in 2021 that his Bulldogs are putting in the work.
Both dropped huge openers early in the season, with Pierre running a 7.39 in the 60m and Perrow clearing the 60mH in 8.49.
Luke Schroeder can attest to a massive improvement as well. Lee describes him as an athlete who won't quit at practice. Schroeder, who ran a 400m time of 48.35 at the Grant Holloway Invitational, is the fifth-fastest sprinter at the distance so far this season.
Looking into the future, Lee can only remain excited: His 757 Showdown meet will take place from Jan. 30 - 31 in Virginia Beach. Lee knows his Bullis athletes have their eyes on major championships.