Kai Benedict Finds Fortune in California
The high school senior set PRs in the Golden State, but has his sights set on Nevada titles.
By Marc Bloom, Running Times
Athlete: Kai Benedict
School: McQueen High School
Location: Reno, NV
Mile PR: 4:09.16
3200m PR: 8:59.80
- Warmup consisting of a half-Mile jog, drills, dynamic stretching, core exercises, and agility work.
- 7 to 8 x 500-meter hill repeats, jog back down for recovery
- Sprints of 300, 200 and 100 meters on the track
- Cooldown of half-Mile jog, with stretching, drills and strength work
Kai Benedict of Nevada, one of the nation’s fastest Milers, just completed a successful three-meet swing of prestigious California invitationals in preparation for the upcoming Nevada State Championship. While competing at the Stanford, Arcadia and Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) invites, Benedict, a McQueen High School senior from Reno, picked up big victories and personal bests against premier competition. Benedict practiced different race strategies, experienced running multiple events in two-day meets, and dealt with long travel days. The latter will help for his next meet—the Nevada state meet, May 15-16 in Las Vegas, is an eight-hour bus ride from Reno. Benedict will compete in four events, with hopes of compiling points for his McQueen team, which will attempt to repeat as the Division I team champion.
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