Who was the best boys distance runner the past decade

What Is This?

Over the next few weeks Milesplit Kansas will be rolling out brackets broken down by discipline. Fans can vote for who they think is the top athlete in each discipline. In the end, we will be crowning the top track and field athlete in the state of Kansas as selected by the fans. This poll is for the best boys distance runner of the past decade. Cross Country titles or medals were not considered for this poll, strictly track.

The Setup

We've selected 16 boys (800m, 1600m, 3200m) and ranked them 1-16, based on times, state placing, state qualifying, and placed them in a bracket of head-to-head matchups where your poll votes will determine who advances.


Athletes included are from the period between 2010 and 2019. This is based solely on times. Sprinters were selected (Which was extremely tough) again based on top times, state titles and state qualifying. Their times had to have ranked them in the top 100 for each event. The final cut to 16 was based solely on their combined times, state titles, state qualifying and rankings. Pr's listed are taken from our database.

How This Works

Athletes are seeded 1 through 16 based on times and ranking. After each round, the runner with the most votes in their matchup will advance to the next round. Voting will end at 2 p.m. CT for each round. You may vote on Ks.MileSplit.com. Be sure to spread the word to advance your favorites into the next round!

Travis Hodge
School: DeSoto
Year: 2016

Travis was a 4X state distance qualifier also a sprint state qualifier and medalist in the 400m, of those 4 times running the distance races at state he was a 3X state champion and won back/back 800m state titles, along with being the Class 4A state record holder in the 800m and 1600m. Ran at K-State and his HS pr's were 1:53.06/4:15.42


Kyler True
School: Olpe
Year: 2017

Kyler, who some are probably scratching their heads and asking why he's not the #1 seed, the database pushed him out at #2 and I wanted to get people talking! is why, is the most decorated runner (tied with Splechter)in the bracket. An 11X state distance qualifier an 8X state champion. He won triple in the distances twice just missing a third when he finished runner-up as a sophomore in the 3200m. Also was an 11X state medalist. Holds the class 1A state meet records in the 1600/3200m and won state titles in 2 different classes. Originally signed with Oklahoma State out of HS is now running at KU. HS pr's of 1:49.87/4:07.17/9:12.51