Future Stars Weekly: Underclassmen Rewrite History

* Kaj Baker had a great opening to his outdoor season this weekend

Photo Credit: Bryce Stalter/MileSplit Florida

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It seems like every week the times are getting faster and faster out on the track. 

As indoors are coming to a close soon and outdoors have begun, we're featuring a new batch of Future Stars. 

From Florida to Texas, these four athletes left it all out on the track, running their way to both new personal bests and into the all-time record books.

Here are a few risings stars who had great weekends running down their upperclassman competition.

Class of 2026

A sophomore out of Pembroke Pines, Florida, Baker opened his outdoor season at the Louie Bing Invitational in Miami. 

Baker ran through his 200m finals in a wind legal 21.66. 

Although not a PR for Baker, it moved the sophomore into a U.S. No. 1 mark for the sophomore class, as well as a U.S. No. 2 across all-class rankings. 

Class of 2026

This Maryland star has been on our radar for a while now -- so much so that he's currently leading our Athlete of the Year race. Wilson continues to perform race after race and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. 

The Bullis School standout garnered a new PR over the weekend at the Youngstown State High School Meet #4 in Ohio. 

Wilson blazed through the 400m distance in a new U.S. No. 1 of 46.63 across all-class rankings. This also moved him into a new U.S. No. 12 on the all-time list for the distance indoors.

Wilson shares the No. 12 spot with current adidas athlete Will Sumner, who specializes in the 800m. 

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Flower Mound (TX)

Class of 2027

Flower Mound has produced some serious distance stars over the last couple of years, and it looks like we may have another on our hands.

Only a freshman at the Texas school, Bennett ran away with the win in the 1,600m with a sub-5 PR of 4:56.99. 

Having raced at the Max Goldsmith Relays, the young talent also took second in the 800m in a solid 2:15.63 performance, behind her own teammate and standout junior, Alexandra Fox.

Fox, who holds a very strong resume thus far, beat Bennet by only 0.29 seconds. 

Photo Credit: Casey Chancellor/ MileSplit

Elizabeth Leachman

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Boerne Champion (TX)

Class of 2026

I don't think we will ever get tired of watching this distance superstar continue to make history week-after-week. 

With another new national record in the outdoor 3,200m, Leachman put down a time of 9:43.74. 

Leachman's performance this weekend was good enough to bring the San Antonio-area star to a stellar 46 second lead over the current U.S. No.2 across all-classes in the 3,200m distance.

It also expanded her lead to four seconds over the current all-time No.2 performance by the one and only Katelyn Tuohy, with her time of 9:47.88 back in 2020.

Like we stated last week, Leachman found that sweet spot within that 3K to 2-mile distance, as she continues to improve and become a true sensation in the world of high school distance running.