The Texas Distance Festival is indeed the best distance track meet in the nation. Last year, it produced the best boys high school 5K field ever assembled.
So how do you follow that up? By bringing in kids that still put the hammer down.
The 2017 group nearly had a sub 14 performance with an outstanding 14:13.26 Cooper Teare performance that would lead a total of 10 boys under 15:00 and a 14:53.95 average performance for the top 20 boys.
2017 Texas Distance Festival stats
This year's boys group consisted of over ten boys who were either NXN or Foot Locker finalists.
|ATHLETE||2017 TDF||ATHLETE||2018 TDF|
|Cooper Teare||14:13.26||Carter Cheeseman||14:36.60|
|Connor Lane||14:17.89||Danny Kilrea||14:36.78|
|Noah Affolder||14:18.26||Clayton Mendez||14:38.05|
|Seth Hirsch||14:25.03||Eric Casarez||14:38.82|
|Alex Maier||14:25.60||Alex Maier||14:41.49|
|Daniel Viegra||14:29.27||Graydon Morris||14:42.32|
|Daniel Bernal||14:29.44||Dereck Elkins||14:45.59|
|Luis Grijalva||14:35.78||Zachary Kinne||14:47.01|
|Reed Brown||14:37.51||Adam Dayani||15:01.02|
|Briggs Wittlake||14:59.87||Luke Estes||15:17.63|
|Justin Botello||15:03.64||Jackson Felkins||15:17.85|
|Buster Roberts||15:05.84||Ryan Schoppe||15:21.82|
|Charlie Gardner||15:11.59||Buster Roberts||15:25.65|
|Brady Grant||15:14.50||Camren Fischer||15:31.66|
|Eric Casarez||15:15.32||Kirk Jarrett||15:42.63|
|Joel Potter||15:19.71||Pete Johnson||15:49.33|
|Ryan Teuscher||15:24.58||Caleb Bouchard||15:57.96|
|Nicholas Fernandes||15:29.72||Joseph Tiller||16:01.91|
|Zephyr Seagraves||15:30.19||Juan Arcila||16:01.93|
|Matthew Kearney||15:31.94||Niles Obar||16:07.45|
|ATHLETE||2017 TDF||ATHLETE||2018 TDF|
|London Culbreath||17:13.89||London Culbreath||16:44.83|
|Ashton Endsley||17:26.54||Libby McGrath||16:51.39|
|Lauren Edwards||17:27.44||Ashlyn Hillyard||17:10.80|
|Ashlyn Hillyard||17:28.61||Ava Peeples||17:26.26|
|Brooke Gilmore||17:33.74||Jordan Mathis||17:42.52|
|Catherine Tracht||17:34.14||Allie Lyda||17:44.37|
|Abbey Santoro||17:39.42||Catherine Tracht||17:52.09|
|Gillian Mortimer||17:59.11||Eva Jess||17:52.38|
|Julia Black||18:13.12||Natalie Fleming||18:01.72|
|Ali White||18:26.50||Morgan Claire Rose||18:03.90|
|Ayse Allison||18:36.51||Abbey Santoro||18:04.71|
|Arianna Lopez||18:52.44||Julia Black||18:12.36|
|Alison Bryant||18:56.84||Sofia Santamaria||18:16.49|
|Isabella Iseley||18:58.21||Grace Plain||18:24.24|
|Sofia Santamaria||19:01.42||Grace White||18:24.59|
|Kate Reppeto||19:02.22||Harli Woolsey||18:24.86|
|Sarah McCabe||19:03.52||Cassidy Teuscher||18:31.85|
|Cristina Canal||19:08.62||Shelby Spoor||18:39.23|
|Maddie Hulcy||19:11.31||Cambria Clark||18:40.90|
|Sophia Liles||19:20.93||Jenna Holland||18:44.02|
The 1600m races were also big bang for your buck type races. The rain was really pouring down on those athletes making the optics and challenges even better and greater.
That didn't seem to hinder the performances though. Marcus senior and 2017 runner up in the 1600m Quinn Owen led four girls under 5:00 with her 4:54.23 performance. Last year, only two girls ran under 5:00 in last year's race.
PRs were also going around as two outstanding freshmen were able to drop their times. Denton Guyer freshman Brynn Brown was in contention for the win for a majority of the race was able to keep up despite the hard rain hitting her in the face and get a 12 second PR. She dropped her best time from 5:10 to 4:58.73. She wasn't the only freshman to get a big time PR as Lewisville Hebron freshman Keaton Morrison ran a 5:02.49 to take fifth place right behind Brown.
On the boys side, Michael Abeyta from El Paso Hanks and Sean Prendeville of Round Rock Cedar Ridge gave the crowd some excitement in the boys 1600m. Abeyta led most of the race until Prendeville took the lead only to have Abeyta put on a wicked last 120m to take the win in 4:16.40. Prendeville still ran a 4:17.27 and Lake Travis senior Brendan Hebert would take third in 4:19.59.
This race would be the fastest race of the year so far this year as it is the only the second race in the nation to two times in the top 15 rankings and the only race to produce three sub 4:20 times.
The girls 3200m also produced two top US 50 times. Keller junior Isabel Van Camp, who possibly more know for her 800m capabilities dropped a gem of a 3200m race. She ran a PR 10:50.67 for a #21 national ranking and Weatherford sophomore Sadie Carey ran a US #33 10:54.40, which was nearly a 20 second PR for her.
The TDF is real and it is strong and will only get better!