I was at this race yesterday. It was pretty ridiculous. (As in, amazing.)
The presumptive favorite, Rienas, of Old Tappan, ran a brilliant race from the front. Crushed his PR by a second and a half, paced it brilliantly, finished in 1:51 flat.
This Rivera kid, a freaking soph I haven't even heard of, who must've gone out in close to 56, comes out of nowhere down the home stretch, blows by Rienas (who actually held up very well; wasn't tying up badly or anything like that), and beats him comfortably.
Kid must've closed in 54-high. How often do you see that in a HS sophomore?
Then he gives an interview after 60 seconds, dismisses his achievement like it was no big deal, saying, "I know I can run faster."
Watch out. Might be the next John Marshall. Might be better.
It's true that NJ's got a sh*t-ton of hot young talent, but you guys left out the Crown Jewel: Sydney McLaughlin. Holy Mother.
15 years old, and she'd be competitive at the top NCAA level right now. (400, 400H, and whatever else she might feel like running.)