Sophomore Candace Hill stepped into her blocks like she’d done time and time before. The starter called “set” and fired the gun, all things familiar to Candace. But by the time she crossed the finish line, Candace did something that neither she nor any U.S. high school runner had done before. She ran under 11 seconds in the girls’ 100-meter dash.
At the 2015 Brooks PR Invitational, Candace took off a remarkable two-tenths of a second off her previous 11.21 personal best to clock 10.98 for the 100-meter dash, well ahead of her competition. Her performance broke the U.S. high school record, world youth record (for runners ages 17 and under) and the American junior record (ages 19 and under).
The 5th Brooks PR Invitational continued its legacy of spotlighting the country’s top running talent and celebrating high school track. Champions in each event include the rockstars listed below, but you can find full results here.
– 100-Meter Dash: Candace Hill, Rockdale County High School, Conyers, Ga., 10.98; Lawrence Crawford, Rockdale County High School, Conyers, Ga., 10.51
– 100-Meter Hurdles: Jasmyne Graham, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Corona, Ga., 13.36; Damion Thomas, Northeast High School, Oakland Park, Fla., 13.62
– 400-Meter Dash: Aaliyah Abrams, Grayson High School, Loganville, Ga., 53.40; Michael Norman, Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, Calif., 46.36
– 800-Meter Run: Christina Aragon, Billings High School, Billings, Mont., 2:04.00; Donovan Brazier, Kenowa Hills High School, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1:47.55
– 1-Mile Run: Ella Donaghu, Grant High School, Portland, Ore., 4:43.07; Paul Ryan, Logos School, Moscow, Idaho, 4:07.97
– 2-Mile Run: Anna Rohrer, Mishawaka High School, Mishawaka, Ind., 9:59.96; Andrew Hunter, Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville, Va., 8:42.51
Other standout performances included Donovan Brazier throwing down a 1:47.55 in the boys’ 800-meter run, good for fifth-best time by a U.S. high school boy. In addition, junior Andrew Hunter dug deep in the last lap of his 2-mile race battling Grant Fisher shoulder-shoulder to pull away on the home stretch to win by just one second. His time of 8:42.51 ranks him in the top-10 fastest U.S. high school 2-milers.
Congratulations to all of the PR Invite athletes who posted speedy times and ran happy. Their performances promise a bright future for the sport of track, and we’ll be cheering them on every step of the way.