2012 Brooks PR Invitational: One U.S. High School Record, 7 U.S. Leading Times, Plus 4 Dempsey Indoor Records!
The 2012 Brooks PR Invitational was the second edition of a unique event. What if a core running brand, in support of high school track & field, put on a celebration of track and invited the best runners at 60m, 60m hurdles, 400m, 800m, one mile and two mile in the country?
What if that brand (let's say, for sake of argument, it is Brooks), invited the athletes to the Dempsey Stadium at the University of Washington (Seattle), and let them run on a very fast indoor track facility?
Last year, the races were astounding. The girls two mile had seven of the ten fastest times in country. The boy's two mile was just the same. And the miles, well, they were just insane!
Now, with some street rep, the Brooks PR had kids training since end of cross country just to see how fast that they could go on the 307 meter plus indoor track that is Dempsey. A crowd of perhaps 1,000 people yelped it up at the best that the US has to offer!
Donovan Robertson, a senior, from Berea, Ohio, set the new high school record in the 60 meter hurdles. In his round, he ran 7.77, taking second. Hurdling with perfection, and staying focused, Donovan Robertson made no mistakes, sprinting over the finish line, in 7.57 seconds, breaking the former U.S. high school record of 7.60!
The boy's 400 meters, was something quite special. Najee Glass, a senior from Woodbridge, New Jersey and Aldrich Bailey, a senior from Arlington, Texas, took each on from the first meter! Running neck and neck, Glass who, outleaned Bailey, 46.06 to 46.07! Not only did they run the number one and two times of 2012, they also are now the number two and three all-time high school boys at 400 meters.
And then came the next surprise. Jesse Williams, the Brooks athletics sports marketing manager, came over and said, " That 400 meters was the fastest EVER run in Dempsey!" Stunning! And, in a high school meet!
Then came Shayla Sanders, who ran 7.21 for the 60 meters, after having run 7.26 in the first round. Shayla's 60 meters was .02 off the U.S. high school record for girls at 60 meters.
A night of some tremendous performances (we will break them all out over the next few days), with 120 athletes from 26 States and Canada running and have some fun! What a way to celebrate our sport!
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