These three boys were/are distance demons in Arizona high school track. From left to right: Bernie Montoya (2013), Carlos Villarreal (2015), and Leo Daschbach (2020).
To continue our "Tripe-Threat" series, today we have our boys' triple-threat distance runners over the past 10 seasons. The 30 boys who made our list were/are all pretty impressive endurance-footed engineers in their day.
800 M, 1600 M, & 3200 M BOYS
We looked at the top-50 Arizona boy athletes in the 800, 1600, and 3200 since 2011. From there we found out which of these athletes had competed in all three events and hence, we have our list of 30 Arizona boys of the past and present who are triple-threat Arizona endurance machines.
In the 800 meters, there was the fastest time of 1:50.19 and the slowest time of 1:59.88, with an average double-lap time of 1:56.14 for these young fellas. Seven of these guys ran under 1:54, with an additional twelve running under 1:57.
In the 1600 meter race, the fastest time for this group was 4:03.97 and the slowest time was 4:17.40, with an average 8-turn journey of 4:13.30. Six of the boys were under 4:10 and over half of them were under 4:15.
2018 Meet of Champions 1600-Meter Finals
In the 3200 meters, the fastest time for these guys was 8:47.07 and the slowest nearly two-mile trip was 9:40.75. 5 of the 30 boys were under the 9-minute barrier with 17 more under 9:20.
Which class years had the most triple-threat distance runners?
The graduating class of 2015 and 2018 had 6 different runners while graduating years 2011 and 2013 had 5 runners each.
Which classes had the fewest amount of boys on the list?
The Class of 2016 and 2017 had no one on our list. The Class of 2012, 2019, and 2020 placed 1 person on our list.
Which high schools had boys on this list?
In alphabetical order: Arizona Lutheran Academy, Boulder Creek, Brophy (2), Campo Verde (2), Canyon Del Oro, Catalina Magnet, Cibola (2), Cienega, Corona del Sol, Deer Valley, Desert Vista, Highland (2), Ironwood, Mingus Union, Mountain Ridge, Page, Perry, Prescott, Rincon, Rio Rico, Saguaro, Salpointe Catholic, Sandra Day O'Connor, Shadow Mountain, and Tuba City.
Where will, are, and did these young men compete in college?
There are 16 different colleges and universities these distance-legged legends will compete, compete or competed for: (Alphabetically) Arizona State, Boston University, Central Arizona, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado School of Mines, Grand Canyon, Georgetown, Iowa State, Northern Arizona University, Oregon, Rice, Stanford, University of Arizona, University of Central Arkansas, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and University of Washington.
Who made our list?
Find out who below who made our triple threat distance-boys' list of the past 10 years.