The premier distance event in Northern California is finally here. Check out the talented runners that will take part this Saturday.
All three have elite races under the lights and national-caliber performances. Which meet reigns supreme after objective statistical analysis?
There were some very fast races and big marks across the country this past weekend, and we were there to catch them.
Two-time CA CIF-State 800m champion Alyssa Brewer (California HS) fought off a chilly headwind and the hot pursuit of a relentless Mari Friedman (Santa Cruz) to post the fastest two-lap time in the U.S. in winning the "Sombrero Heat" at the Dublin Distance Fiesta on Saturday at Dublin HS. Brewer's time of 2:08.99 shattered her meet record of 2:12.13 set last year and took over the national lead. Friedman's 2:09.79 ranks No. 3 U.S.Related:Watch the raceMore from the Dublin Distance FiestaMore from Alyssa Brewer
Gillian Wagner and Olivia O'Keeffe battle for most of 3200m at the Dublin Distance Fiesta before Wagner takes control, setting her second meet record in as many years. Wagner, headed to Princeton, finished in 10:29.45 (5:04 unofficial last mile; 1:07 last lap) to break the 2016 mark of 10:33.71 set by Kristen Leung (Lowell) to win her second sombrero in as many years. Wagner set the meet's 1600m record (4:55.35) in winning as a junior. Sombreros are awarded to fast-heat race winners as one of the unique traditions of this 11-year-old distance-only event.Wagner's winning 3200m time ranks No. 2 in the U.S.Related:Gillian Wagner interviewOlivia O'Keeffe interviewMore coverage of the Dublin Distance Fiesta
Cassi Land (Sonora) wins the "Sombrero Heat" at the Dublin Distance Fiesta in 5:05.45. Post-race interview with Cassi LandDublin Distance Fiesta meet page
Alex Scales (Bellarmine) withstood a rabbit start by John Hagerman (Merced) to run a CA-leading 1:53.46 to win the boys 800m "Sombrero Heat" at the Dublin Distance Fiesta. That time ranks No. 4 in the U.S.
Merced senior John Hagerman had two surgeries to correct Compartment Syndrome in both legs and is back excelling as a top mid-distance standout. But, because of his surgeries, he said he is being denied a chance to join the Navy and to "serve our county," which he says "I feel like that's what I'm destined to do."On Saturday at the Dublin Distance Fiesta, Hagerman put his fitness level on display, leading the first 600m of the fast heat of the 800m (won by Alex Scales) while running a season-best 1:58.14. He came back later under the lights to win a heat of the 3200 in PR 9:54.13.Hagerman said he had two surgeries on six of the eight compartments in his legs and that it took him two years to get back to where he is now. His previous 3200 PR was 10:13 set as a freshman."I keep running these times, fast, hoping to show that I'm not limited by this surgery," he says in this post-3200 interview."I just keep trying to prove that this surgery, this condition that no longer affects me, it's just going to have to take a little bit more convincing, I guess," he said. "I have to keep putting out every race, the best times I can, and hopefully that will win them over."Watch Hagerman in the 800m race
Ryan Wilson anchors for Carlmont against Alex Scales (Bellarmine) and Jett Charvet (Heritage) in the boys distance medley relay. Wilson's anchor leg and strong kick brought Carlmont home in 10:30.65, a new CA-leading time.Related:Interview with Ryan WilsonInterview with Jett CharvetResults
Liberty Ranch senior Collin Ullrich talks about his YOY development that helped him become the 3200m champion at the Dublin Distance Fiesta, defeating a talented field with a strong sprint finish to win with a huge PR of 9:06.62, taking over the CA lead and ranking No. 3 U.S.Watch the raceBoys 3200m Results (Sombrero Heat)1 -Ullrich, Collin 12 Liberty Ranch - 9:06.62 2 -Strangio, Matt 10 Jesuit - 9:07.04 3 -Anderson, Liam 11 Redwood (Larkspur) - 9:07.12 4 -Bennett, John 12 Granada - 9:09.70 5 -Schroeder, Adrian 12 Dublin - 9:14.40 6 -Miranda, Robert 12 Menlo - 9:15.34
Liam Anderson in the 3200? Interesting, but expected. Liam Anderson in the 800 with Jett Charvet and Alex Scales? That's VERY interesting...
A former CIF-State champion in cross country, Davis Senior's Olivia O'Keeffe had never run the 3200m in track competition before Saturday's Dublin Distance Fiesta. O'Keeffe led for the majority of the race before Redwoods' Gillian Wagner pulled away to win in record time. O'Keeffe, runner-up in the CIF State meet at 1600m last season, discusses her decision to run the eight-lapper.Related:Watch the 3200m raceGillian Wagner interviewMore coverage of the Dublin Distance Fiesta
Carlmont's Ryan Wilson had himself a day on Saturday at the Dublin Distance Fiesta, walking away with not one but TWO sombreros, the only athlete at the meet that could make such a claim. Wilson won the 1600m, although he said he didn't feel well. His time of 4:18.67 was the best in the fast 'Sombrero' heat, the fastest of 29 heats and 680 boys who competed in the four-lap event. Wilson came back hours later to anchor the winning DMR team, beating both Alex Scales (Bellarmine) and Jett Charvet (Heritage) on the final leg. (Scales had earlier won the boys 800m.) Calmont's DMR team of junior Justin Hsu, senior Tanner Anderson, sophomore Caleb Metzler and Wilson, a senior, ran 10:30.65, the best among two heats and 39 teams, and now also No. 1 in CA, bettering Roosevelt's 10:33.31 mark set last week in beating Great Oak at Redondo.
Heritage senior Jett Charvet after anchoring the school's DMR (anchor leg of 61 for 3rd place), less than a week after winning the 800m at the New Balance National Indoors at The Armory in New York. That was the second indoor title of the winter for Charvet, the defending CIF-State champion in the 800m. Note: Charvet was originally entered in the 800m at Dublin but he said that that was an error and that he never intended to run that race at this meet.
Gillian Wagner (Redwood) set a meet record in winning the 3200m "Sombrero Heat" at the Dublin Distance Fiesta. Winners of the fast heats of this distance-only meet earn a sombrero, a unique aspect of this 11th annual event. Wagner, headed to Princeton, finished in 10:29.45 (5:04 unofficial last mile; 1:07 last lap) to break the 2016 mark of 10:33.71 set by Kristen Leung (Lowell) to win her second sombrero in as many years. Wagner set the meet's 1600m record (4:55.35) in winning as a junior.Wagner trailed Olivia O'Keeffe (Davis) until almost the bell lap before she took control. She ran unchallenged over her final lap, displaying an impressive kick. In this interview, she discusses her range (400-3200) and if she has a favorite distance. Related:Watch the 3200m raceOlivia O'Keeffe interviewMore coverage of the Dublin Distance Fiesta
Catching up with Menlo senior Robert Miranda, who was a leader in the boys 3200m for much of the race before finishing sixth (9:15.34). Miranda, bound for Yale, had competed last weekend in New York at the New Balance National Indoor at The Armory. He talks about his race in the 3200, his experience in NY and the developing friendship among the some of the top distance runners.
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