When January arrived last year, it signaled the start of a fast year ahead.
And it sure did produce, with a total of 400-plus elite performances going down at the Texas A & M Indoor High School Classic in College Station, Texas.
Elite athletes from Washington, DC, Georgia, Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, Florida and Texas all descended on the banked 200 meter track at Texas A & M University.
And folks, we're back this year.
Yet again, we're expecting some truly great performances from the meet at Texas A & M, scheduled for January 4-5.
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Let's take a look at all what happened in 2018:
- Flight400 sprinter Brian Herron (Atlanta Lakeside) posted a meet record of 21.06 seconds in the 200m, which finished as the fourth fastest time of the 2018 season and Herron's second-best effort. He was one of two athletes who broke 22 seconds in the 200m -- the other, Marcellus Moore, was just a sophomore.
- Four athletes broke 49 seconds in the 400m, including a photo-finish in the finals that saw Roger Younger out kick Nicholas Ramey (48.33) by one-hundredths of a second to win. A total of 42 boys broke 49 seconds indoors last year overall.
- Six boys ran faster than 7 seconds in the 60m.
- Two athletes broke 8 seconds in the 60mH, with Eric Edwards scoring a top time of 7.78 seconds. A total of 28 boys broke 8 seconds in 2018, with Edwards eventually cutting his time down to a US No. 3 mark of 7.66 seconds later in the month. Edwards' time at Texas A & M would have been the fifth fastest in 2018.
- Mayson Conner broke 7-feet in the high jump (7-0.25). Just six athletes broke that barrier in 2018 and Conner eventually improved that height to 7-1.75 at NBNI.
- Patrick Piperi broke 60 feet in the shot put (61-6.5), entering a list of just 19 boys who accomplished that feet indoors in 2018.
- Five girls broke 25 seconds in the 200m.
- Freshman Libby McGrath ran a US No. 27 time of 10:56.42 in the 2-mile, which finished as the third fastest time in her class that year.
- Seven girls broke 57 seconds in the 400m, including Bailey Lear's fastest effort of 54.89, which would have been the 16th fastest time of 2018. Lear eventually lowered her top time a few weeks later to 53.20, a US No. 2 mark.
- Eight girls broke 9 seconds in the 60mH, two of which finished in the nation's top 50 times.
- Four girls ran faster than 7.7 seconds in the 60m, with Semira Killebrew's winning time of 7.51 standing up as the No. 13 fastest time of 2018. Killebrew would lower her best to 7.41 at NBNI.
- Annika Williams cleared 5-9.25 in the high jump, a US No. 10 mark