This week we're coming out with our leaps of the week performances where we talk about the most improved athletes over the course of last year. This season, Manace Freeman (Phoenix Christian, Jr.) he ran a lifetime-best of 11.16 at the Last Knight Qualifier, a near 1-second improvement from last year when he ran 12.13 at the Phoenix Christian Early Qualifier.
Last year, his only event at the State Meet was the 4x100m Relay. This year, Freeman secured his first major victory in the prelim of the Division IV 100-meter dash at the AIA State Meet. The next day he returned to Riggs Stadium and claimed the State Title by just 4 one-hundredths of a second. "It means a lot knowing how close of a race it was and how this could've easily been somebody else, and it makes me especially grateful," says Freeman.
Have a look at the year over year differences between 100m-sprinters over the last year.