KU Relays Boys 1600m Preview

 

 

Caleb Wilfong - His 4:12.89 speaks for itself.  Wilfong has been one of the best runners in the state of Missouri for a while now and this fall he finally claimed his first state title. This track season has started out with a couple of low-key meets.  This past weekend he traveled out to the KC Area and won the 3200m at the Ray-Pec Invitational. Wilfong has the top time coming into the race and has experience as he finished 11th in this race last spring.

Amos Bartelsmeyer - The MICDS junior turned a lot of heads last summer when he ran 4:16.33 for a full mile to finish third in the Festival of Miles.  This fall he focused on his endurance, competing in his first XC season which resulted in a fourth place finish.  He had a great indoor season with times of 1:56.23 and 4:17.04 before sustaining an injury.  So far this outdoor season he was a part of some relays as well as running 9:51.00 in the 3200m. 

Blake Goodin - The Class 1 stud has been winning multiple distance races at state since his freshman year.  The Kansas State signee has started out well this outdoor season with times of 4:25.53, and 1:58.59.  He knows what it takes to win and has run well at the Kansas Relays before (10th place last year).  

Drew White - 9:04.08.  White has dominated this track season.  He has already recorded one of the best 3200m times in state history as well as running a PR of 4:18.05, which is currently the state's fastest time.  While he may not have the fastest 800 times compared to the rest of the field, White is an incredibly strong runner and one of the best competitors out there. 

David Thor - Thor finished first in both the 3200m and 1600m last year in his class, as well as finishing second in the 800m.  The 8th place finisher from this meet last year comes in with PR's of 1:55.37 and 9:33.79.  He has had a strong outdoor season already as he has times of 4:22.65 and 9:42.79.

Zach Herriott - The 9th place finisher at Nike Cross Nationals and Oklahoma signee comes in with a PR of 4:20.19 in the 1600m.  He also was the state XC champ in Missouri as a junior.  This track season he has run a 9:20.20 back in March. White and Herriott are both incredible distance runners who can also run the mile very well.  

Spencer Haik - Only a sophomore, Haik boasts PR's of 1:57.12 and 4:20.60.  In his freshman year he ran 4:05.74 for 1500m, which converts to a couple of seconds over 4:20 for 1600m.   Both his 800m and 1600m PR's come from this season, showing he is already performing on a top level.  Don't let his age fool you; the Glendale runner will be among the mix with the older guys. 

Jeremy Bryan - The Blue Valley West senior has been rolling this year, recently coming off of a victory in the Blue Valley Relays 1600m where he ran 4:20.79.  He had a solid indoor season, running 9:09 for 3KM at the Missouri All-Comers meet. The Baker University signee finished 13th in this event last year but looks to snag a better finish this year. 

 

Kain Anderson - Anderson was just a few hundredths of a second back from Bryan at the Blue Valley relays, recording a time of 4:21.15, which was a PR for him.  He had an excellent XC season where he finished second at the Kansas State meet with a time of 15:55. 

Chris Wise - The Pitt State recruit has been winning time and time again this season.  He has won seven total races so far, coming in with a season best of 4:31.20 in the 1600m and 9:46.76 in the 3200m.

 

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  • run_jc / 2 Years Ago
    It's interesting how the boys 1600M heats shook out. Of the top thirteen places overall, seven came from heat two.

    Half off the top twenty came out of heat two and three came from heat one, the "slowest" heat.

    Heat three, the "fast" heat, played out like a chess game with Thor finally taking the initiative in lap three. White and Bartlesmeyer both showed terrific heart in the last lap. Congrats to Drew for a great race.

    It was fairly stunning how quickly Wilfong fell off the pace, although seeing the shenanigans he pulled during the race it was probably karma. He should have been DQ'd for the elbow slaps to Guinn at the start of lap 3.
  • ac117 / 2 Years Ago
    @run_jc
    Yeah, I watched the race again on Flotrack after I heard there was some "unsportsmanlike" conduct on Wilfong's part. In addition to messing with Guinn, he was holding the pack back by holding out his arms multiple times. Really weird race overall...
  • khopkins / 2 Years Ago
    I was pleased to see that had my son ran the Eliete mile that he would have gotten the same 6th place....but hey.....11th in the state up and until that date, I will take it. Aazing how you can have a great run one day and then just a few seconds off the next. But over all.....some great runners heading into college this year.