Cooper Lutkenhaus Runs 1:47.58 US No. 7 A-T 800m

The UIL 5A state champion, Justin Northwest freshman Cooper Lutkenhaus won the Brooks PR Invitational high school boys 800m with a personal best time of 1:47.58.

That makes the freshman national record holder the now US No. 7 all-time performer in the event with the eleventh fastest 800m time by a high school boy in the history of the event. 

It is also the fastest time by a Texas high school boy, eclipsing the 1:48.21 by Jonathan Johnson (Abilene) in 2001.

Already the freshman national record holder, Lutkenhaus entered the meet coming off of last year's win in the middle school race.

Leading into the race, the frosh relied on Northwest head coach Burke Binning along with his mom and dad to push the right buttons and workouts. "I just trust in my coach and my parents," Cooper said in his post race interview. 

Lutkenhaus is scheduled to run again this weekend at the Nike Outdoor Nationals.

This week, in a conversation with Michael Granville, national record holder, Granville predicted Lutkenhaus would at least run at least 1:48 this weekend and would one day lower the national record to 1:44.