Colin Sahlman And Co. Post Fast Outdoor Season Debuts

The first installment of the Sundown Track Series on Saturday night in Queens Creek, Arizona, led to some fast times and some wild finishes on the track. 

In particular, it included a furious late rally from a Newbury Park senior in the boys mile. 

Colin Sahlman captured a big personal record time, an early US No. 1 effort and an impressive sub-4:10 peformance as he came through the finish line in 4:09.86, hammering down the final 200 meters with confidence. 

Sahlman's mile was a little over a second off of Nico Young's school record od 4:08.82, which the current NAU freshman achieved in 2019 at the APU Meet of Champions. 

Texan Judson Greer, a three-time state cross country champion from Melissa High School, was second overall in a new PR of 4:11.74, while Newbury Park senior Christian Simone was third in 4:15.89 and Wylie's (TX) Luke Lambert -- another Texas state cross country champion -- was fourth in 4:17.60. Pasadena's Isaiah Givens was the first junior to finish, claiming a time of 4:18.00.

The boys mile highlighted an impressive showing from a variety of high school standouts on Saturday night under the lights. 

In the girls 3,200m final (above), Desert Vista sophomore Lauren Ping netted an overall win with a season-opening US No. 1 time of 10:33.84, while teammate Katie Sigerud was second in a US No. 2 performance of 10:46.64. Valley United's Payton Godsey was third in 10:51.03.

The girls mile, meanwhile, turned into quite the late-race theatrics, with three girls separated by just two seconds. Colorado-based Katelyn Maley, a sophomore at Basalt High School, finished with a major PR of 4:54.24 to win, edging second-place Sam McDonnell of Newbury Park (4:55.27) and California eighth-grade standout Sadie Engelhardt (4:56.96). 

In the boys 3,200m, Arnold Beckman's Joshua Schuld won the field in 9:26.60, while teammate Zeid Hussain was second in 9:29.92. Agoura's Ethan Godsey was third overall in 9:35.04.

Elite Boys Results

3200 Meter Run Finals9:38.52Jayson VelardeCanyon Canyon Country (SS)
3200 Meter Run Finals9:26.60Joshua SchuldArnold O. Beckman (SS) High School
3200 Meter Run Finals9:28.92Zeid HussainArnold O. Beckman (SS) High School
3200 Meter Run Finals9:35.04Noah JodonDesert Vista High School
3200 Meter Run Finals9:35.78Ethan GodseyAgoura High School (SS)
3200 Meter Run Finals9:37.26Michael SchneiderDougherty Valley High (NC)
3200 Meter Run Finals9:37.93Collin McmillanNotre Dame de Namur University
One Mile Run Finals4:22.80Evan JenkinsRincon University High School
One Mile Run Finals4:23.79Advait KrishnanEvergreen Valley (CC)
One Mile Run Finals4:26.14Sebastian BarclayTorrey Pines High School (SD)
One Mile Run Finals4:22.64Daniel ApplefordNewbury Park High School (SS)
One Mile Run Finals4:19.19Connor WilliamsCrested Butte Community School
One Mile Run Finals4:18.63Nicholas GoldsteinNewbury Park High School (SS)
One Mile Run Finals4:18.00Isaiah GivensPasadena High (SS)
One Mile Run Finals4:17.60Luke LambertWylie High
One Mile Run Finals4:15.89Christian SimoneNewbury Park High School (SS)
One Mile Run Finals4:11.74Judson GreerTinman Junior Elite
One Mile Run Finals4:09.86Colin SahlmanNewbury Park High School (SS)

Elite Girls Results

3200 Meter Run Finals10:33.84Lauren PingDesert Vista High School
3200 Meter Run Finals11:10.45Stormy WallaceSage Creek (SD)
3200 Meter Run Finals11:02.79Tiffany SaxValley United Track Club
3200 Meter Run Finals10:51.03Payton GodseyValley United Track Club
3200 Meter Run Finals10:46.64Katie SigerudDesert Vista High School
One Mile Run Finals4:54.24Katelyn MaleyBasalt High School
One Mile Run Finals4:55.27Sam McdonnellNewbury Park High School (SS)
One Mile Run Finals4:56.96Sadie EngelhardtValley United Track Club
One Mile Run Finals5:00.49Anna WeirichHarker (CC)
One Mile Run Finals5:06.03Sierra BowerBasalt High School
One Mile Run Finals5:15.81Fiona HawkinsNewbury Park High School (SS)