1500s at The TEN: HSer Sadie Engelhardt Impresses as Jager and Centrowitz Do Not

Engelhardt is now the 5th-fastest women's US HSer ever

We recap the 1500s from The TEN held tonight in San Juan Capistrano, Calfiornia, for you below. Talk about the meet on our world-famous fan forum/messageboard.

Women’s 1500: High school junior Sadie Engelhardt impresses with 4:09.70 win

Engelhardt, a junior at Ventura (Calif.) High School, ran 4:36 to win the mile at New Balance HS Nationals in Boston on Sunday and was even more impressive tonight, stepping up and running 4:09.70 to defeat a professional field in the women’s 1500. Engelhardt ran aggressively throughout, and though she was passed on the final lap by Lauren Gregory, she battled back to take the win in the home straight thanks to a 63.03 last lap. *Results 

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Engelhardt’s time puts her #5 on the all-time high school list:

4:03.39 Alexa Efraimson, 2015
4:04.62 Mary Cain, 2013
4:07.21 Kate Murphy, 2016
4:08.71 Christina Aragon, 2016
4:09.70 Sadie Engelhardt, 2024

A note of caution: none of the four women above Engelhardt have ever run faster than their high school 1500m pbs.

Gregory, now running for Nike and Ben True’s Northwoods Athletics team, was running her first track race since finishing 2nd at the 2023 NCAA indoor meet for Arkansas. She finished 2nd on Saturday in 4:10.03, just off her 4:09.73 pb.

Men’s 1500: Tuntivate wins as Centro runs 3:38 for 5th

The big question heading into this one was how would three-time US Olympian Matthew Centrowitz, now 34, look in his 2024 outdoor opener. The answer was: meh. Centro ran in the middle of the pack for most of the race and did not go with Bowerman TC teammates Kieran Tuntivate and Thomas Ratcliffe when they broke free of the field over the final 200m. Tuntivate won it in 3:37.58 as Centro was 5th in 3:38.88 with a 57.77 last lap.

This was not a super impressive showing by Centro but he is ahead of last year, when he ran 4:06 in his outdoor mile opener on February 23 in Australia and 3:40 in his US 1500 opener on May 6.

Farther back, US steeple record holder Evan Jager ran in the back throughout and was gapped at the bell before finishing 8th of 10 in 3:40.40. This was the first time Jager had finished a race in 11 months after missing most of 2023 with a foot injury.

Kenya’s Justin Kipkoech, who ran 3:34 for 1500 and 8:13 for 2 miles last year and recently enrolled at the College of the Sequoias at age 25, was the only guy to aggressively run with the 3:33.50 wavelights for the first 1k but he faded to 3:40.09. *Results

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