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Poster: captain and me
Subject: RE: requisite 400m time need for 2:18 800m
Some kids don't run well at 800m, even if physically they seem to have the ability to do so.
HS girl - 63sec 400m, 4.36 1500m, 9.56 3000m, but didn't run under 2.20 for 800m (even later in College with supposedly "better" coaches). Should have been able to run 2.18 (time-trial indicated as such), but was simply more comfortable at 1500m and up, and so didn't choose to run very many 800's (certainly not HER focus).
Last weekend HS girl ran 2.18.1 and 60.1. That is a differential of 9sec/400m between the two events, so is not yet very aerobically developed, but is quite strong (yet not all that quick - ~28second 200m PR). If she adapts to aerobic development (and the sprint coach doesn't convince her that she is better at 400m if she only did more speed-work), then she might take that down to 7 or even 6, so even off a 60 she could run 2.12-2.14.
Coach - have her run a 200m all-out in a workout to see what her basic sprint speed is, that should tell you whether she has potential to run faster, or needs to focus on getting fitter. Some girls (have coached a few) simply lack strength for the 400/800 even though they are fit and quick over 200m - athletes come in all shapes and types. Too often our preconceived notions of what they should be able to do don't necessarily match reality.
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