May 19, 2020
Earlier today, Brynn Brown, a high school junior from Denton, Texas, ran one of the greatest performances in the history of US girls’ high school distance running. Running a rabbited 3,200-meter time trial with a male pacer, she clocked 9:39.67 (hand-timed).
(Editor’s note: You can watch the performance at the bottom of this page)
Brown’s performance makes her the second-fastest US high school girl ever at the 3,000/3,200/2-mile distance. The fastest 2-mile ever run by a US high school girl came in February 2013, when Mary Cain ran 9:38.68 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Brown’s performance today converts to 9:43.2 for 2 miles and 8:59.9 for 3,000. One should probably round those times up by a few tenths considering Brown’s effort was hand-timed, did not feature a rail, and did not require her to react to a starting gun (she also had male pacers the entire way, though that didn’t affect the time). Because of this, one could argue Brown’s performance was equivalent to or slower than the 9:00.16 for 3,000 Alexa Efraimson ran indoors in 2014. Regardless of whether it is worth #2 or #3 all-time, Brown’s run remains an outstanding performance.
Brown, who was 23rd at the Nike Cross Nationals meet last fall despite missing six weeks with a broken bone in her foot, has an official 3,200-meter PR of 9:58.58 from an outdoor meet in February and official 2-mile PR of 9:57.54 from the Brooks PR meet last spring where she was 3rd, but she recently showed she was capable of more when she posted a 4 x 1600 workout of 4:52, 4:55, 4:55, and 4:57 with just 2:30 rest that got the US distance world buzzing about what she was capable of in a race.
Brown’s unofficial splits from today’s time trial:
Lap 1 – 72.2
Lap 2 – 73.0
Lap 3 – 72.4
Lap 4 – 71.8
Lap 5 – 71.4
Lap 6 – 72.4
Lap 7 – 74.3
Lap 8 – 72.3
As for how it stacks up against other great high school distance performances in other events, LetsRun.com coaching/stats guru John Kellogg had the following to say: “There are four performers superior in the 1,500 (Cain, Efraimson, Kate Murphy, Christina Aragon) and Katelyn Tuohy‘s 15;37.12 5,000 are superior as well.” (Updated) “… and so is Mary Shea‘s 32:52.5 10,000.”
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