2013 Brooks PR Invitational Mile, Early Season Showcase
By Evin Mangan, note by Larry Eder, RunBlogRun
Since its inaugural running in 2011, the Brooks PR Invitational has been all about showcasing. The fastest prep athletes are flown to Seattle to race on the fastest track and to put on an early season showcase of who to expect big things from once outdoor season rolls around. The Dempsey is completely transformed for this meet. The infield is dark and the only lights on are those above the track. Gone are the various field event runways and throwing cages, the focus is completely on the track. This meet sets the bar for the rest of the elite high school runners, as well those who aspire to be counted among them. The racers, the future stars of American running are surrounded by larger-than-life posters of the stars of today such as Katie Mackey, Angela Bizzarri and Mark Wieczorek. Like the pros of today, these prep stars were trying to make a statement during indoor track about their fitness and show their mettle for the upcoming outdoor campaign.
Perhaps the biggest statement of the night was made by Trevor Gilley, who threw down a 57 second final 400 to blow away the rest of the Mile field. Once he took off with about 250 meters left, nobody else could keep up and Gilley, who placed last in this race a year ago, was the first to cross the line.
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