* Jordon Bray is an uber-talented freshman from Alabama who won her first state title in 2021
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By Garrett Zatlin - MileSplit Recruiting Correspondent
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With our Class of 2024 recruit rankings now out, we wanted to go back and take a look at our girls' rankings.
Below, we evaluate which current freshmen girls could end up as high potential stars over the next few years of their high school careers.
Jordon Bray, Calera, AL
With a personal best of 56.53 and consistency that few rookies can match, we're seeing classic signs of Bray being a star middle distance athlete in the making.
Bray was the nation's top freshman in the 400m this past winter with a time of 57.76. However, what's really promising is her consistency and ongoing improvement over the spring months.
There hasn't been one meet where Bray hasn't run under 60 seconds for the quarter-mile distance. In fact, she's run under 58 seconds four times. Of those four times, Bray has run under 57 seconds twice.
Hannah Alexander, Noblesville, IN
Despite being ranked at only No. 48 in our top 50 list, Alexander is a promising thrower who can do more than thrive in just one event.
The Indiana native is at her best in the shot put, owning a personal best of 38 feet, 8 inches from this past winter and leading the rest of the freshman class during the indoor season. Not only that, but she was also ranked at No. 12 among freshmen in the discus this spring.
That national freshman lead is solid, and she was better than her rookie competition by a foot during the winter months.
She hasn't surpassed that mark this season, but her success in the discus is promising and allows us to believe that Alexander still has more to offer in the shot put. It's also rare to own a better PR on the indoor circuit than on the outdoor circuit.
Olivia Pace, Westerville Central, OH
The Ohio native caught our attention earlier this year when she ran an impressive time of 7.65 seconds in the 60m this indoor season. That was a very strong mark which ranked at US No. 24.
So far this spring, Pace has admittedly been a bit quieter with her best time being 12.22 in the 100m. That, however, is a time that we are confident will drop.
Her 60m personal best is super strong and most definitely translates to a faster mark in the 100m. While there are surely some athletes who are better in the 60m than the 100m, it's fair to say that Pace still has more left.
In fact, we know that she definitely does! During her middle school days, this Western Central athlete ran 12.05 (wind aided) and 12.16 (legal) in the 100 meters. There is certainly more speed that Pace has yet to show us and that potential is what makes her such a scary-good talent to watch in the future.
Allie Love, Colleyville Heritage, TX
However, her time of 17:14 for 5,000 meters on the grass and her seventh-place finish at the UIL State Championships in cross country are much better than some people realize.
Those are outstanding cross country results which are some of the best in the nation when looking at freshman resumes. In fact, one could argue that Love's 5k PR suggests that she can run faster on the oval.
Ince and De Frankenberg may be the star distance talents of this class, but Love isn't that far off and has some subtle indicators that she could be even better in the future.
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