Four decades ago, then-student Renee Williams-Smith was unsatisfied by the absence of a girls’ cross country program at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif., so she stitched her own uniform to run with the boys. Years later, Williams-Smith again blazed a trail for female runners in Southern California by returning to the school where she famously bucked convention and launching Mira Costa’s girls’ cross country program. Today, Brooks Running Company recognizes her work and dedication by crowning Williams-Smith the 2014 Inspiring Coach of the Year.
Being given the opportunity to attend the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational as a student reporter was hands down the greatest experience of my life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We preview the three girls distance events at the Brooks PR Invitational. If you can’t make it out to Renton Memorial Stadium at 1:30pm Pacific Time on Saturday, June 21st, then you better be watching online on Flotrack.org (no subscription required).
We will quickly preview the distance events for the boys at the Brooks PR Invitational. If you can’t make it to Renton Memorial Stadium at 1:30pm Pacific Time on Saturday, June 21st, then be sure to watch online, right here on Flotrack.org (no subscription required).
Cerake Geberkidane is not only an accomplished runner, but apparently a skilled video game player as well as he showcased his gaming talents on Thursday at the Brooks PR Invitational. Geberkidane, who was dominant this past cross country season nationally and won a total of four Colorado state titles in his senior year, is running the two mile at Brooks PR Invitational on Saturday and looking to best his 8:50 3200 performance from Arcadia.
Bethan Knights comes into the Brooks PR Invitational with the fastest time and only sub 10 runner in the girls two mile field and two weeks after winning the California State Meet in setting a torrid pace solo (on national record pace until late) in oppressive heat. With much more ideal weather racing conditions and the nation's best to push her along to potentially a real chase of the two mile national record, Knights is excited to see what she can do on Saturday in Seattle at the Brooks PR Invitational.
Ariana Washington of Long Beach Poly comes to the Brooks PR Invitational with the fastest times in the girls 100 and 200 nationally. The California state champion and World Youth medalist Washington is not done lowering her times as she looks to make another drop and pick up the win this weekend in Seattle at Brooks PR to continue her build up to the World Youth Championships in Eugene next month.
Devante Lacy, a senior at Klein Oak High School in Texas, comes into this Saturday's Brooks PR Invitational with the nation's fastest time at 400 meters with his 46.10 performance at the UIL State Championships in early May at the University of Texas in Austin. Lacy is not content with that PR performance from Texas State Meet over 6 weeks ago as he has been training and preparing for this trip to Seattle looking to run his first and the country's first sub 46 second in the open 400 this outdoor season. Watch Behind The PR: Devante Lacy on Flotrack's Brooks PR Invitational meet hub here.
Vote on who you think will win the elite high school races fielded for the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational on Saturday. Voting closes Saturday, June 2st at 4 PM ET/noon PT.
Video preview from Flotrack for the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational on Saturday. More in-depth meet preview to be posted tomorrow. Check out final start lists of entrants and more on the Brooks PR on Flotrack, which MileSplit will be assisting in on-site meet coverage.
The nation's fastest will be in Seattle this weekend for the Brooks PR Invitational including US #1 ranked 100 meter dash sprinters Ariana Washington from California and Trentavis Friday from North Carolina. Check out the full and final start list of entrants for the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational below!
Congratulations to Jessica Van Cleave from St. Johns, Florida and Dylan Scott from Ninety-Six, South Carolina as each has been selected as the two winners from this year's Brooks PR Student Reporter Contest as their video submissions and reporting skills have earned them an all-expenses paid trip by Brooks to join the Flotrack and MileSplit crew as part of our coverage team at the Brooks PR Invitational on Saturday, June 21st!
The final video submissions are in for this year's Brooks PR Student Reporter Contest! Who do you think made the best video and is the most skilled reporter/commentator to deserve an all expenses paid trip to Seattle, Washington on June 21st to join MileSpit and Flotrack in covering the fastest kids in the country at the the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational?!