Future Stars: Sophomores Hit The Record Books Yet Again

* Holiday (TX) sophomore Noah Strohman (right) fights down the home stretch to win Boy's Elite 1600m at TDF

Photo Credit: Jessie McCabe/MileSplit

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Over the last week we had one more high school indoor national championship on the calendar, while the rest of the country made their way through the outdoor season.

Virginia Beach played host to Adidas Track Nationals this past weekend. 

While plenty of well-known superstars ran and took care of business, there were a few underclassmen that showed up in new and exciting ways, too. 

This week we had some talented distance stars and jumpers show up and take a spot in the record books yet again. 

Here are four more sophomores who got it done this past weekend. 

Photo Credit: Mary Ann Magnant / MileSplit

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Rittman (OH)

Class of 2026

Performing on the national stage, the sophomore from Rittman succeeded across multiple distances. 

Going to Nike Indoors last year and switching to adidas this year, Snyder was able to throw down two third-place efforts in the mile and two-mile, clocking times of 4:22.18 and 9:11.51, respectively. 

Although getting third in the race, the two-mile mark is good enough for a U.S. No. 4 in the sophomore-class rankings.  

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Hugh M. Cummings (NC)

Class of 2026

An all around talent across events, the sophomore from Burlington, North Carolina standout excelled on the runway. 

It was Cotton's triple jump performance that has her now ranked in the U.S. rankings. 

With a jump of 41-1.75, Cotton now holds the U.S. No. 1 position among the sophomore-class rankings, as well as the U.S. No. 5 position across all-classes. 

Karis Nartey

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Allen (TX)

Class of 2026

Another jumping standout, the sophomore out of Texas jumped her way to a new wind legal U.S. No. 1 in the triple jump with a mark of 39-8.

Nartey contested in both the triple and long jump at the Bill Schmidt Classic out in Denton, Texas. 

Although not a personal best in the event, that performance is her personal best in a wind legal setting and lands her at the top of not only the sophomore class rankings, but also holds the U.S. No. 1 position across all-class outdoor rankings this season. 

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Holliday (TX)

Class of 2026

The sophomore out of Holliday, Texas, had himself a race out at the Texas Distance festival this past weekend. 

While he already owned a 9:02.54 personal best in the outdoor 3,200m, it was his 1,600m performance that now has him on top of the rankings. 

Strohman won the 1,600m event with a mark of 4:06.18, placing the sophomore at a new U.S. No. 1 for the event this outdoor season across all-class rankings. That isn't too surprising, considering Strohman ran the second-fastest freshman mile of all-time last year in 4:09.23. 

In truth, it was just more of the same. That effort ranks fourth all-time for the sophomore class rankings in the 1,600m.