We continue to release our preview lists of the upcoming outdoor track and field season and today we're talking about the top returning distance runners among Division 4 boys.
Beginning with the 800m, Geoffrey Grossthal
, Sr.) returns ready to turn some heads. He had a huge breakthrough last year Chandler City Champs running 1:58 to win the 800m and was the only boy in Division 4 under 2 minutes in the event. At the Track and Field State Championships, he placed 2nd in the D4 Boys 800m and 2nd in the 1600m. Talon Smith
, Sr.) returning State Champ for the D4 Boys 1600m. Holds PRs of 4:28 for 1600m and 2:00 for 800m. Only time will tell if we will see him defend his State Title in the D4 Boys 1600m this spring.
(North Phoenix Prep
, Jr.) and Adam Whitehead
, Jr.) should also play factors in the longer distance races as they both have one State Title apiece. finished runner-up in the D4 Boys 3200m run at State last year. The following month, he ran 9:08.66 for 3K at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships and then in the Fall he claimed his first State Title in Cross-Country at Cave Creek Golf Course. Meanwhile, Whitehead is the returning State Champ for D4 Boys 3200m and while he has a slightly better kick than Black when it comes to shorter distance races, it will be interesting to see if Black can clinch a State Title on the track as well as a golf course.
Check out our full lists of the Top 100 returning D4 Boy Distance Runners in each event.