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Being given the opportunity to attend the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational as a student reporter was hands down the greatest experience of my life.
Millie Paladino solidified her standing as one of the nation's best distance runners with a 2014 season to remember. Her final race at the Brooks PR Invitational ended with another national-class time from the West Virginia recruit.
It is not quite XC season yet! Thanks to Brooks, a select few high school athletes get one more time to PR and achieve those goals they set out to do four years ago. This year Virginia will have five competitors competing and chasing that ultimate goal. Learn about them and stay up to date with all that happens here.
Coming down from elevation twice in the past two weeks to run mile races in big-time meets in the adidas Grand Prix and Brooks PR Invitational, the conversion calculator for Utah state champion Sarah Feeny is very simple when running at sea level. Sub 4:40. Feeny was able to run away from a field of state champions and All-Americans at the Brooks PR Invitational on Saturday in a winning time of 4:39.42 for the Ogden High School senior.
The class of 2015 is stacked deep with talented distance runners coming back to return to a national stage that they have already been competing at including Matthew Maton from Summit High School in Oregon, who followed up his 4:04 mile PR at the Dream Mile with a 4:06.32 mile victory at the Brooks PR Invitational.
After leading last weekend for the first 600 meters of the championship boys 800 meter race at the New Balance Nationals and ultimately finishing fourth in 1:49.36, Derek Holdsworth from Lafayette High School in Virginia took a different approach into his 800 race at the Brooks PR Invitational and sat back for the first 600 before using a slingshot move coming off the final turn to take a 1:49.98 win against some of the country's top middle distance runners.
Olivia Baker did her best to try and run her first sub 53 seconds in the open 400 of the season, but windy conditions at the Brooks PR Invitational made it less ideal to hit that time. However, the Stanford bound senior from Maplewood, New Jersey did have the strength to muster a dominant win and season best time of 53.26 at Renton Memorial Stadium on Saturday in Seattle.
Eleven Floridians headed to the Pacific Northwest to test their skills against the top runners in the country at the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational. After soaking in all Seattle had to offer Thursday and Friday and mingling with other athletes it was down to business when they took to the track on Saturday. After winning the Dream 100 in New York City a week prior, East Ridge's Kaylin Whitney continued to tear up her competition.
Christian Coleman from Our Lady of Mercy in Georgia was overlooked for an invitation to the Dream 100, but made the most of his opportunity and invite to the Brooks PR Invitational in winning the 100 meter dash in a swift 10.29 clocking against some of the nation's elite sprinters.
In one of the most anticipated matchups for the Brooks PR Invitational with the top two ranked hurdlers in the country between Isaiah Moore from North Carolina and Misana Viltz from California, the race turned out to be a dramatic thriller with Viltz getting out to a quick start, but stumbling through the last two hurdles to allow Moore to close cleanly for the win.
Post-race interview with Austin Tamagno after finishing second in the mile at the Brooks PR Invitational with a 4:06 performance from the sophomore distance runner.
MileSplit was busy all weekend in along grabbing athlete video interviews at the Brooks PR Invitational interviewing virtually all of the top 2 finishers from Saturday's races, while getting over 3 dozen athletes for interviews prior to the event on Thursday and Friday. Hear these athletes stories on their trip, experiences and races this weekend at the Brooks PR Invitational!
Known for setting a torrid early pace in her races this spring, Bethan Knights went after the national record and self-rabbitted herself into making history at the Brooks PR Invitational as she responded to a last lap challenge from sophomore Hannah Debalsi to claim the win and historically even greater achievement in setting a new US high school girls national record in the two mile at 9:53.54.
An easy way to describe the junior year for Grant Fisher is "all he does is win", because he seems to win every major race and top field presented for him including his last signature victory in the Brooks PR 2 mile with a PR of 8:51.
Watch the Northport boys from New York take down the best from the homestate of Washington at the Brooks PR Invitational and just miss breaking the national record in the 4xmile relay with their US #2 all-time performance of 17:06.92.
Race videos from the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational.
Devonte Lacy the senior from Klein Oak finished his career off in style winning his last High School Meet. It was not just any meet it was the Brooks PR Meet which features some of the best athletes in the US.
Dior Hall takes girls 100 hurdles in 13.32 to hold off Jasmine Quinn (13.37).
Race videos from the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational.
Photo gallery by Gary Paulson from the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational.
Complete results from the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational held on Saturday, June 21st at Renton Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington.
Olivia Baker continues her high school farewell tour winning the Brooks PR Invitational 400m with a strong season best time of 53.26. Video interview and race video included!
Katie Rainsberger works into the strong position early in the mile. Photo by Scott Knoblich.
Check out all the champions from the 2014 Brooks PR Meet, headlined by Bethan Knights new national record!
Amelia Paladino runs 4:46.69 in the mile at one of the top post-season invitationals.
MileSplit and Flotrack will be on-site with coverage of the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational this weekend in Seattle, which will be held outdoors for the first time bringing the fastest high school kids in the country together for an elite post-season meet.
All Grant Fisher does is win meets when they matter the most and the best are on the starting line with him. The Foot Locker Nationals cross country champion, New Balance Nationals indoor mile champion, and adidas Dream Mile champion in the Grand Blanc High School (MI) junior Fisher will look to win a Brooks PR two mile title on Saturday with a field including all sub 9 minute guys.
In a pre-meet interview before the Brooks PR Invitational, we ask Alexa Efraimson the big question that everyone is wondering. Will she turn pro? She answers.