Bennett Gunning was a pretty solid middle school 800m runner (with a best of 2:11), but last year he took 7th place overall in the Division I Boys 800M. He got 7th place the hard way, by winning the first heat in the last 100 meters with the #7 Arizona all-time freshman 800m time of 1:57.76 (watch the video below to see this race).
Heat 1, Boys Division 1 800M Final, 2019 AIA State Championship
In our interview, we discussed what made him so determined to break the 2-minute mark as a freshman, how he dropped over 12 seconds in just two months in his 800m time in 2019, doing cross country for the first time this year as a sophomore, and what he wishes to achieve in the years ahead. We recommend you watch the interview with this focused and hungry middle-distance runner from Corona del Sol High School.