It might be early in the season, but U.S. No. 1 times are prime for the taking.
On Saturday at the Grant Holloway Invitational in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Nick Spikes of Paint Branch (MD) set a new personal best en route to a nation-leading mark in the 300m.
It's only mid-December, but the high school senior set a new facility record with the No. 28 all-time performance of 33.57 seconds. The effort also happened to topple the competition by nearly a second and was nearly a two-second PB for Spikes.
Spikes' standout performance ties with Issam Asinga's personal best from February (when he was a high school senior at Montverde Academy), but surpasses performances set by Ashton Allen, Terrance Laird, Randolph Ross Jr, Brody Buffington, and Ryan Willie.
His 33.57 is the fastest performance in the country by nearly a second.
Earlier in the meet, the reigning MPSSAA indoor 300m and outdoor 400m champion ran a new 55m personal best of 6.54 to finish seventh in the finals.
Last season, Spikes debuted his season the first week of February and clocked a 36.74. As a result, he finished the year with a season's best of 35.58 at the Ocean Breeze Elite Invitational.
Spikes enters his senior season with personal bests of 10.52 in the 100m, 21.54 in the 200m, and 47.80 in the 400m.
* Nick Spikes wins his first state title in the 400m with a 47.80 this spring
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