Future Stars: These Underclassmen Crushed It This Weekend

* Addison Ritzenhein takes home the 3000m win at the 2024 Penn Relays

Photo Credit: tspimages /MileSplit

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With the 2024 outdoor season nearing its conclusion, we are still seeing athletes make their way to the top of the national rankings. 

On this week's edition of Future Stars, we have three young talents that are doing just that.

Two young ladies are holding it down in the distance events, while a young sprint sensation from the Pacific Coast is putting his name in the record books.

Take a look at this week's athletes. 

Photo Credit: West Coast XC 

Ellery Lincoln

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Lincoln High School (OR)

Class of 2027

Only a freshman, Lincoln ran the fastest mark in the country last week for underclassmen at the mile distance, scoring a top performance at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays.

Not only did the freshman from Oregon land herself a new personal best of 4:43.00, but the time also was inside the top 10 nationally, landing at No. 6.

This also puts Lincoln at the No. 7 position on the freshman all-time list for the outdoor one-mile distance. Only six girls have ever ran faster than her at this distance when they were freshman. 

Brandon Arrington

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Mt. Miguel (CA)

Class of 2026

Arrington is currently No. 3 in the national rankings for the 200m dash with his wind-legal personal best of 20.76 from the Arcadia Invitational. 

But it was was his race at the Dick Wilkins Frosh/Soph Championships that has the sophomore from California in this week's edition of Future Stars. 

Hitting the track for the sophomore invitational 200m, Arrington ran away with a wind-legal 20.88. He added a win in the 100m with a wind-aided performance of 10.51w. 

Running both these times in April, we're excited to see what this young California sprint star has in store for the month of May. 

Addison Ritzenhein

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Niwot High School (CO)

Class of 2026

The Colorado sophomore put on a showing at the Penn Relays Carnival.

Without a doubt, Ritzenhein was the highlight of the high school individual races as she threw down a U.S. No. 1 time of 9:17.81 in the 3,000m. 

This performance also puts the reigning Nike Cross Nationals champion at No. 14 on the all-time list for the 3K event outdoors. This was also Ritzenhein's first race after announcing her NIL deal with On, and she was seen representing the brand as she dominated the 3000 meter race. 

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