Distance Take Away Performances From The Carl Lewis Inv.

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While there were many spectacular sprinting performances, there were also some record setting distance performances at the Carl Lewis Invite. This being the first of many of these distance athletes indoor performances. Below are the top finishers in each distance event over the weekend. 

Benjamin Montgomery and Judah Alexander-Macias lead the boys 3K

Boys 3k

Benjamin Montgomery dominated the race and lost the field a little before the 5-minute mark. He kept the hot pace solo with the crowd cheering him on. Not only did he set a meet record but is currently 5th in the nation in the event and 2nd in Texas (only behind Ethan Gonzalez who ran 8:27 that same day). Montgomery is coming off a 3rd place finish at the 6A UIL State Cross Country Meet and is keeping the same energy going into track.

Judah Alexander-Macias finished the day in 2nd running at 8:51, which was a huge improvement from his last 3k time (9:28) in 2022. He is coming off of a 15:41 5K at the RunningLane Cross Country Championships in December.

Rounding out the podium was junior Andres Rios running 9:10.44, barely outkicking Briac Ybanez and Maddox McCallister (running 9:10.52 and 9:10.59 respectively). Rios is coming off of a Cross Country season highlighted by his 4th place finish at the 4A Region 3 Cross Country Championships.

Poth sophomore Brooklyn Albert (2) surges to the lead in the girls 3K

Girls 3k

Brooklyn Albert took home the win in the 3k. Leading from the 6-minute mark, she ran solo for a portion of the race. Her 10:50 ranked her 5th for the state in the 3k. She is coming off of a 12th-place finish in the 3A UIL State Cross Country Meet. 

Ella Perry and Addison Richard were the chase pack in another kick finish as the boys race. Ella finished 2nd and ran 10:58. Perry finished the cross country in an 18:25 5K which earned her 25th place at the 5A UIL State Cross Country Meet.

Adison Richard ran at 10:59 and locked up the bronze medal. She is coming off a cross country season highlighted by her 2nd place finish at the 4A Region 3 Cross Country Meet in which she ran a 12:16.

Sam Golla and D'Juan Alison lead the boys mile event

Boys Mile

In a close race, Mizzou commit Sam Golla took the win in the mile with a 4:22. Coming off of a stellar cross country season where he placed 8th with a 15:16 at the 6A State Cross Country meet. Golla performed well in his 1st track outing of the season. With a 9:09 3200 personal best Golla will be among the best returners in the state and is a force to be reckoned with.

A second behind Golla was Sophomore Jaxon Asbill running a 4:23.94 for the silver medal. In the last lap of the race, Golla started his kick and the only competitor to match it was Asbill. Although he came up short Asbill had a huge PR, his closest performance last track season was a 4:34 1600m performance. Asbill's cross country season was also solid running a 15:55 at the 5A Region 2 Cross Country Championship to qualify for state.

Freshman Da'juan Alison rounded out the podium in today's race, however, the placement doesn't show the work he did leading most of the race. Alison led most of the race but just lost steam heading into the last lap running a 4:24. Earning a trip to the 6A State Cross Country Championships as a freshman, he definitely should not be overlooked going into the outdoor season.

Cadence Patterson competes in the girls mile

Girls Mile

University Of Houston commit Cadence Patterson took the win in the mile at the school she will be attending next fall. Controlling the race from the gun, Patterson ran a blistering 5:06.75. This time also took the meet record in the mile. Coming off an amazing cross-country season, this senior is one to watch going outdoors.

Katherine Valentine was with Patterson and ran a 5:13 which was good enough to lock up 2nd. Valentine ran a 4:53 1600 and will be a contender for the 6A title. She was 4th in the 6A Girls 1600 race as a sophomore. 

Wrapping up the bronze was Sophia Phillips who barely outkicked 4th place by .3 of a second. Phillips was among many whose kicks got them a medal this meet. She ran a 5:14.51. 

San Antonio Winston Churchill senior Alejandro Rosales (1579) wins the boys 800m 

Boys 800

At times, the indoor 800m could be too much for some runners. It can get more physically and mentally challenging than the outdoor event and that toll could be off-setting for some. However,
San Antonio Churchill senior Alejandro Rosales recently transitioned from soccer to track and he is accustomed to a little physicality and aggression.

Coming through 400 meters in about 53, Rosales had control over this race. He took the win in 1:55.42 which was ranked 11th in the nation. While he didn't take the meet record this marks a huge improvement over his 1:58.4 at the Texas Tech meet last indoor season.

With an improvement from the FasTrak meet, Caleb Williams locked up silver. Posting a 1:57.92 which was a little over a second faster than his time in December running 1:59.07.

Locking up the podium position, Aiden Jesse had a PR day running a 1:59.36. This was faster than his previous Personal Best which was a 2:00.99 run last outdoor season.

Montgomery Lake Creek sophomore Hailey Johnson leads the girls 800m

Girls 800

Hailey Johnson Taking the bronze medal in the 5A State Track Meet in the 800, Johnson started the year strong with a win. Johnson took the win today in 2:18.97; However, this time doesn't reflect how the race played out. Hailey sat on the field up until the last 300 meters to go then really hit the gas pedal. On the last lap, it was a race against time. Johnson should be a frontrunner in the 5A Girls 800 race this year again.

Locking up the silver medal was Addison Sapp in 2:19.47. Coming off a PR day at state, Sapp brought the energy running running an indoor personal record. Running a 2:17.87 last outdoor season she should be looking to improve her time this next outdoor season.

 Making the trip from Niwot Colorado, Julia Rudolph rounded out the podium at 2:21.24. She had a busy meet this weekend running the 200, 400, and the Mile as well as the 800.