How do 2018's fast, early 3 mile times compare to last year?

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Early 3 Mile Times: 2018 vs. 2017 Overall

As we gear up for Woodbridge (the ULTIMATE fast, early 3 mile meet!), let's take a moment to see how 2018's best times so far stack up against those from 2017 at this same point. In particular, let's look at the Southern Section's fastest early-season races, like the Seaside Invitational and Cool Breeze. Are this year's runners ahead of schedule compared to last year? Come take a deep dive into the data with us!

First, let's look at the 3 mile rankings so far, which are always dominated by flat, lightning fast courses in the Southern Section. Starting with the boys:

Top 10 Boys 3 Mile Times So Far This Season


Top 10 Boys 3 Mile Times At This Point in 2017:

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
114:12.40
Great Oak High School (SS)
2018
214:21.30
Valencia (SS)
2018
314:42.40
Great Oak High School (SS)
2020
414:45.30
Trabuco Hills High School (SS)
2019
514:48.80
Great Oak High School (SS)
2018
614:48.90
Channel Islands High School (SS)
2018
714:49.10
Great Oak High School (SS)
2018
814:49.40
Buena High School (SS)
2021
914:50.00
Rubidoux High (SS)
2019
1014:52.80
Crescenta Valley (SS)
2018


Two things jump out at me from this quick look at the data. First, this year's Seaside Invitational ran much slower (see the next page for more on this), while Cool Breeze dominates the rankings so far this year. Second, and more importantly, this year's list is much stronger at the bottom end, even though nobody has matched the top two times yet. In fact, last year's #10 time in the rankings would be #26 this year, which is incredible! Now, let's take a look at the girls side of things:

Top 10 Girls 3 Mile Times So Far This Season


Top 10 Girls 3 Mile Times At This Point in 2017:

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
116:52.60
Great Oak High School (SS)
2020
216:53.50
Great Oak High School (SS)
2019
316:56.70
Oak Park High (SS)
2020
416:57.30
Oak Park High (SS)
2019
517:10.30
Canyon Anaheim Hills (SS)
2018
617:18.40
Great Oak High School (SS)
2018
717:20.00
J.W. North High (SS)
2021
817:20.90
Walnut High (SS)
2019
917:21.80
Ayala High School (SS)
2019
1017:22.60
Claremont High (SS)
2019


We see the same two factors at play here: Cool Breeze is dominating this year instead of Seaside, and the number of fast early times is way up - last year's #10 time would be #23 this year. The depth of fast early times this year (especially considering that many of Great Oak's top returners have not yet weighed in with a 3 mile race) could be a herald of a SPECTACULAR Woodbridge coming up this weekend!

For more analysis of this year's early 3 mile times, follow me to the next slide!


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