By Denise Spann - MileSplit Correspondent
- - -
Dominique Mustin of North Canyon High School (AZ) is one of the most versatile athletes in the Class of 2020.
This is a fact.
Mustin's events range from the 100 meter hurdles to the 1,500-meter run, and with a career dating back to 2015, the young prep athlete from Arizona is only just getting started.
The North Canyon junior's big breakthrough moment came at Arcadia this month when she dropped a US No. 1 time of 2:06.01 in the 800m. For some, that would be a call of action to specialize.
But this outdoor season has been full of 800m personal bests. Her season opener, a time of 2:12.18 at the Rattler Booster Invite in March, was her first PR since 2017, when she went 2:12.97 at the Great Southwest Classic. From there, she shaved off six seconds off to run 2:06.99 at the Nike Chandler Rotary Invitational.
Then Mustin topped that performance at Arcadia.
From a collegiate perspective, that mark would rank No. 31 in the NCAA and would be the fifth-fastest collegiate freshman effort in the country.
- - -
Current NCAA Freshman 800m Standings
|Kassidy Johnson||Kansas State||Big 12||2:04.45|
|Alyssa Brewer||USC||Pac 12||2:04.93|
|Lena Kandissounon||Cal St. Northridge||Big West||2:05.88|
|Jemima Russell||USC||Pac 12||2:06.09|
But Mustin is no one-event wonder. In 2019 alone, she's run the 200m (25.48), the 400m (55.41), the 800m, 1600m (5:12.49) and 100mH (14.47). She's also high jumped (5-0). Previous to her senior season, she's competed in the 300mH (44.62) and the long jump (15-8).
So her athletic range could mean several things for her future career, the first being in the heptathlon.
This road seems the most plausible since she's already competed in more than half the events necessary (100mH/200/HJ/LJ/800m).
Her best events in the multis would be the 100mH, where she owns a wind-legal best of 14.47, and in the 800m. The typical multi-event athlete faces adversity when it comes to the longer events, especially after 1-2 days of competition. But this is ultimately where Mustin could excel.
In an outdoor heptathlon, her new 800m PR would be good for over 1,000 points. Her new 100mH would also count for over 900 points.
With two events missing, Mustin would be on the brink of 4,000 points in an outdoor heptathlon. Given improvement in events outside the 800m and reasonable marks in the shot put and javelin, she could approach 5,000 points.
For comparison, a total of seven American female U20 athletes, and a total of 68 juniors, broke 5,000 points a year ago. The current cut-off for the NCAA Championships is 5,336 points.
If that's not Mustin's future, she could still become a triple-threat. In addition to competing well in the 100-meter hurdles and 800m, she's consistently improved in the 400m.
In her first 400m of the season she ran a new PR of 55.41 at the Brophy AMDG Invitational, then followed it with a 55.5 performance at the Paradise Valley District Meet. Last outdoor season, she improved by two seconds and ultimately finished with a best of 56.78.
Her new added strength in the 800m, paired with her consistent progression in the 400m should lead to a sub-55 race sooner rather later. And Mustin's versatility speaks volumes on potentially coachable she is.