St. Raphael Academy's Darius Kipyego running the 800m at the New York Relays.
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We've seen some freshmen and sophomores representing well so far this year in the distance events. Check out three standout performers below and see the full list of top 100 athletes in distance events in the links below.
Three Standout Performers:
Darius Kipyego St. Raphael Academy (RI): The sophomore has only run one race so far this season, but he's already put his name in the mix as one of the top underclass distance athletes. He ran the 800m at the New York Relays and clocked a 1:54.55. He's the third-best underclass athlete behind Freeport Brazoswood's (TX) Robert Whitmarsh
(1:53.21) and Golden Valley High's (CA) Antonio Abrego (1:53.76), but Kupyego's time was an outdoor PR in his season outing. Indoors he clocked a 1:53.43 at New Balance Nationals Indoor
. We could see some big things from Kipyego as he progresses further into the outdoor season.
Nathan Green Borah High School (ID): Green is a sophomore who can run it all in terms of distance events. He has the eighth-best underclassman time in the 800m with a 1:55.33 and the best underclassman time in the 1600m (4:11.76) and 2K steeple (6:06.72). All three times are from the YMCA Invitational
just this past weekend. He also has the second-best underclassman 3200m time of 9:14.69 from the Patriot Invite.
Colin Sahlman Newbury Park High School (CA): You may know Sahlman's teammate, junior Nico Young
, who has run some top times this year, but Sahlman is also looking strong. As a freshman, he has run the top underclassman time in the nation in the mile (4:16.44) in the open race at the Arcadia Invitational
. Sahlman has also clocked a 1:57.10 in the 800m. He could be the next big name for his school's distance program, as so far he's run the second-fastest time ever in the mile at Newbury Park according to the MileSplit database.