The Austin area is booming with talent this season and the rankings show just how good the area is. Anthony Monte of Austin Vandegrift is one of the athletes in the area who is tearing it up so far in 2018.
Monte jumped out of the blocks early and fast with a 9:34 2 mile time in his first meet. He then went on to tear things up in The Woodlands at the Friday Night Lights meet with his 4K win in 12:21.90.
The success in the shorter distance were just an indicator of what was to come last week at Marcus I. Monte took on some the top runners in Texas and fared pretty well with his 15:38 5K PR. His 5K progression had been going the wrong way. But his hot start looks to be a consistent thing that we should get accustomed to. This is a major boost to the Vandegrift squad that should be looking to run their way to Austin out of a tough Region IV.
Madison Brown is a senior, but she is still on the rise. She has had a great career already, but the Round Rock Christian senior is already crushing in 2018. Her 2018 TAPPS state track meet performance alone shows that she is a runner with a lot of range. She was second in the 800m and then won both the 1600m and 3200m last spring. She has also been a TAPPS state meet finalist in the 400m two times.
This year, she is looking to improve on last year's third place XC finish and adding a state title is obviously the best way to do that.
As the exhibit above shows, Brown is riding the momentum from track season into XC and is already off to a great start. She has three victories on the short 2018 season in three distances and they are are all PRs.
As the graph below shows, her 2 mile times have been dropping every year since 2016.