April 11th – 2014 Miracle Mile Heat Sheets Released!
The 2014 Franklin Central Showcase Miracle Mile entries have been finalized and the heat sheets are out! This years’ field is just as good as ever and below, we will feature the matchups to watch in the fast heat of the boys and girls races.
Boys Fast Heat (9:00 pm EST):
1. Ellis Coon – Warsaw – 4:13.72 PR
2. Joe Murphy – Lawrence North – 4:16.53/1:52.99 PR’s
3. Anthony Didion – LaPorte – 4:17.24 PR
4. Calvin Kraft – Fishers – 4:19.99 PR
5. Matt Lang – Brebeuf – 4:20.61 PR
6. Cameron Clements – FW Carroll – 14th at 2013 IHSAA XC Meet
7. Josh Neideck – Eastbrook – 4:21.29 PR
8. Nathan Wilkey – Brebeuf 4:21.15 PR
9. Riley Stohler – Terre Haute South – 4:22.03/1:54.03 PR’s
10. Kyle Burks – Bloomington South -4:21.50 PR
11. David Dalton – Greenwood – 4:21.99 PR/2014 HSR 3200m Champion
12. Kaden Eaton – Columbus North – 4:22.60 PR
13. Jacob Schmeling – FW Carroll – 24th at 2013 IHSAA XC Meet
14. Bobby Browning – Carmel – 7th at 2013 IHSAA XC Meet/9:20.79 PR
15. Billy Biehl – Chesterton – 4:30.54 PR
16. Joseph Taylor – Guerin Catholic – 4:24.65 PR
17. Zack Snider – Brebeuf – 4:24.93/9:06.05 PR’s
18. Brayden Law – Homestead – 4:26.48/9:24.12 PR’s
The first thing most might notice is the absence of 2013 3200m State Champion Clayton Bowie of Southport. Second, it should be noted that 2013 Cross Country Champion Jackson Bertoli will be competing in the second heat.
After those two notes, there is a lot to be excited about.
Ellis Coon, Joe Murphy – These two on paper are the class of the field. Both have blazing 800m speed and a ton of big meet experience. In 2012, Coon ran his personal best of 4:13.72 while Murphy ran his PR last year at 4:16.53. Both appear to be healthy and prepared for next Friday night.
Most Likely Contenders:
Anthony Didion, Calvin Kraft, Riley Stohler – These are the three remaining athletes with personal bests under 4:20. Of them, Didion and Stohler possess lethal 800m speed while Kraft is a very tough runner capable of dropping down the middle distance events as well.
Sleepers/Others to Watch:
David Dalton, Matt Lang, Nathan Wilkey, Kyle Burks, Kaden Eaton, Zack Snider – This is a very interesting group to keep an out for. David Dalton continues to impress and surprise those who doubt him. Almost out of nowhere, he finished 2nd at the 2013 XC State Meet, followed that up by qualifying for Footlocker Nationals, and then won the 2014 HSR 3200m Title. Kyle Burks brings a lot of experience and talent. Zack Snider, not known for his speed could surprise if he can dip a few seconds under the 4:20 mark. Kaden Eaton could fly under the radar to a top 5 finish as he has pretty solid speed. Finally, the Brebeuf duo of Wilkey/Lang both bring excellent speed and fitness. They are two fearless racers with a lot of talent.
Girls Fast Heat (8:45 pm EST):
1. Mackenzie Caldwell – Columbus North – 4:55.19 PR
2. Alex Warzyniak – Bloomington South – 4:57.68 PR
3. Abby Hostetler – Fremont – 4:57.59 PR
4. Kelcy Welch – Carmel – 5:04.21 PR/2013 XC State Champion
5. Rachel Nichwitz – Hamilton Southeastern – 4:58.61 PR
6. Elena Lancioni – LaPorte – 5:03.52 PR
7. Haley Harris – Carmel – 11:06.18 3200m PR
8. Kelsey Harris – Carmel – 11:03.50 3200m PR
9. Maddie Woods – Penn – 10:57.29 3200m PR
10. Kristen Johnson – West Lafayette – 5:05.48 PR
11. Kate Raphael – Bloomington North – 5:05.49 PR
12. Lauren Johnson – West Lafayette – 5:05.71 PR
13. Zoey Johnson – Seymour – 5:06.68 PR
14. Taylor Nicholson – Avon – 5th at 2013 IHSAA XC Meet
15. Samantha Woodford – Plainfield – 5:12.47/2:14.44 PR
16. Stacy Morozov – Carmel – 10:52.10 3200m PR
17. Katherine Free – Cathedral – 5:07.94 PR
18. Jessica King – Hamilton Southeastern – 5:08.62 PR
19. Rachel Weesner – Carmel – 5:09.81 PR
20. Becca Uebele – Zionsville – 5:10.14 PR
The girls race is arguably much better than the boys should be. The mile in our state is stacked right now. Still no sighting of 2012 Footlocker XC Champ Anna Rohrer, but that doesn’t mean much as Coach Kov likes to hold her out of early season meets. Another runner of note who who will not be competing is Sierra Moore (Elkhart Memorial) who owns a 5:01.60 PR. Last note is that the second heat could provide some serious contenders as well. It’s almost a crime that Lindsay Welker is seeded in the second section. Welker ran an All-Time Indoor Indiana State Record at 800m earlier this year, clocking a 2:13.49 at New Balance Nationals.
Mackenzie Caldwell, Kelcy Welch, Abby Hostetler, Rachel Nichwitz, Alex Warzyniak – Welch has looked nearly unbeatable during most of the past 10 months. Mackenzie Caldwell historically has been the best miler out of the group and had an excellent indoor season capped off by the 3200m Championship at HSR. Alex Warzyniak can be a real force at middle distance events when healthy. Abby Hostetler will always find herself in the mix and Rachel Nichwitz has never been afraid to compete with the best milers in Indiana. It’s anyone’s guess as to who will win, but you can count on the finishing speed and fitness of Caldwell and Welch to give the others all they can handle in the final 200 meters.
Just about everyone else: The majority of the rest of the field is separated by less than 5 seconds based on PR’s. It’s really anyone’s guess who will finish in the top 8 spots. It should be noted, however, that Woodford, Raphael, and Zoey Johnson are the best remaining 800m runners of the field and in a slower race, will have an advantage to the finish.
Lindsay Welker, Sarah Billingsley, Gina Genco (Heat 2) – A clear track might not be the worst thing for these elite athletes competing in the second heat. If they can get out fast, don’t be surprised to see one or more of them grab a top 8 spot.
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