The boys 800 meter run has proven to be one of the most difficult events to attain super elite status in 2018.
Only one boy, Bishop Shanahan (PA) senior Josh Hoey, has managed to run under 1:50, while five others are circling the elusive barrier in the 1:50 range and seven more have achieved 1:51 status.
Historically, more than a handful of athletes break 1:50 every year. So it may be surprising to see that only one has been able to do it in 2018.
But after looking at the numbers, June and July have proven to be critical months. The closest analog to this year came five years ago, in 2013, when just one boy had broken 1:50 through May. The year of 2015, however, was also an outlier.
- 2017: 8 under 1:50, including 5 after the month of May
- 2016: 13 under 1:50, including 6 after the month of May
- 2015: 7 under 1:50, including 7 after the month of May
- 2014: 9 under 1:50, including 7 after the month of May
- 2013: 7 under 1:50, including 6 after the month of May
This summer presents the U20 World Championships at an international stage, so qualifying in June will be intense at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships, not to mention a handful of other renown meets pitting some of the top runners in the country together.
Expect times to drop significantly in big races in July.
Click on the slideshow or on the links to compare the boys 800m over the years.
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