Future Stars: Sophomores Strike The Record Books Yet Again

* Niwot (CO) sophomore Addison Ritzenhein (center) is celebrated for her U.S. No. 2 at altitude

Photo Credit: Tim McDonald/MileSplit

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Over the last week we had several big meets across the country and a handful of big-time performances go down. 

While plenty of well-known superstars took care of business, there were a few underclassmen that elevated things to a whole new level. 

This week we had some talented distance stars and a sprint sensation take a spot in the record books yet again. 

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

Photo Credit: Tim McDonald / MileSplit

Addison Ritzenhein

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Niwot (CO)

Class of 2026

Performing at home in Colorado, the sophomore from Niwot ran a blazing mark at altitude this past weekend. 

The Niwot sophomore clocked a scorching time of 4:44.30 in the 1,600m at the Niwot Invitational.

Not only was this a Colorado No. 1, but it also moved up to U.S. No. 2 (before any altitude conversions) overall. 

This was also the fourth-fastest time ever on Colorado soil and put Ritzenhein in a great position to start the season after making the effort at 5,164-feet of elevation look like another day in the park.

Photo Credit: Bobby Reyes / MileSplit

Quincy Wilson

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Bullis School (MD)

Class of 2026

Wilson is no stranger to competing at the national level. He ran a new U.S. No.1 time this past weekend at the Florida Relays down in Gainesville. 

With a new personal best of 45.19, this also made Wilson the only athlete under 46 seconds this season and moved him to No. 8 on the all-time list in the event. He also anchored Bullis School's U.S. No. 1 time of 3:09.95 (above).

Wilson came up just seven-hundredths of a second shy of the world age group record at the distance.

Photo Credit: Chris Langford / MileSplit

Elizabeth Leachman

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Boerne Champion (TX)

Class of 2026

The sophomore out of Boerne Champion showed up and showed out this past weekend in Austin, Texas at the annual Texas Relays.

The running superstar struck again with a new 5,000m outdoor national record (above), taking off less than a second from the previous outdoor 5K record held by former Flower Mound standout Natalie Cook.

With a phenomenal run of 15:25.27, she swept the 5K field -- which was filled with collegians -- by roughly 35 seconds and she claimed her second high school national record over the last three weeks.

Photo Credit: J McCabe / MileSplit

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Southlake Caroll (TX)

Class of 2026

The sophomore out of Southlake Carroll High School (TX) ran away with a win and a new personal best in the 3,200m this weekend out at the Dragon Relays.

With a mark of 8:53.23, Leonard now holds the U.S. No. 1 position in the sophomore rankings and moved up to the U.S. No. 10 spot nationally. 

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