Michael Mooney chopped another 30-seconds off his PR in the 3,200 to run 8:50 at the Arcadia Invite.
9:51. 9:20. 8:50.
What do these times mean? Well, you've just read Michael Mooney's 3,200 progression this season. And while there are a few asterisks in the progression, like his 9:51 was run in the wind (and at altitude), and his 9:20 was run at altitude and he didn't kick until the final 800, his 8:50.96 at the Arcadia Invitational is just quite simply insane.
Mooney's second place finish was additionally tantalizing, as he lost by the slimmest of margins - .01.
His 1,600 and 5k PRs hinted at his 9:20 potential, but Mooney has clearly gone to a new level with his latest performance.
(Side Note: Among the select few who really saw this coming was his coach Greg Weich, who hinted last week that Mooney would break 9 at Arcadia.)
To put Mooney's 8:50 more into perspective...
Mooney's current 1,600 PR is 4:21. It doesn't take a math major to know that an 8:50 3,200 is two 4:25s. What can he run for the 1,600 at altitude, at state? Now, there's question that newly minted 4:12 miler Carter Dillon may be asking, because Mooney's 8:50 hints that the Broomfield senior is clearly ready to run that fast.
Adding the impressive feat, Mooney's 8:50 puts him in the class of Brent Vaughn, another Greg Weich-coached athlete. Vaughn ran 8:45 at Arcadia in 2003, and went on to run 13:18 at the University of Colorado, and win the 2011 US Cross Country title, among his many accolades...
Colorado Impresses At Arcadia
Michael Mooney wasn't the only one to tally a big performance, as sister Madison Mooney duplicated her brother's feat with a second-place finish of her own in the Invite Mile, running 4:49.92. Quinn McConnell and Anna Shults were in the race as well, running 4:56 and 5:08. In the open heats of the mile, Tiana Bradfield ran 5:08, while Alex Raichart and Lizzy Harding both ran 5:12, Laura Thompson ran 5:14, Elizabeth Constien ran 5:15, and Grace Johnson ran 5:19. In the 3,200 Telluride's Soleil Gaylord lowered her PR to 10:44, and Ivy Gonzales ran 11:02 in the seeded section.
Adding to the big, big weekend were milers Cruz Culpepper and James Lee, who went 1-2 in the Invite Mile. Culpepper took his first win over Lee, running 4:13.13 to Lee's 4:13.92. It solidified last weekend's 4:11 result in Texas, and marked Culpepper's first big win, which is sure to be the first of many.
In the sprints Emily Sloan ran her first 100 hurdles of the outdoor season in style. Sloan won the Invite division in 13.43 - the No. 2 time in the country. Sloan doubled back to finish second in the 300 hurdles in 42.25, the No. 3 time in the country.
Niwot's Mary Gillett finished third in the seeded 400 in 56.12
On the first day of competition, a few Colorado boys ran in the Rated 3,200. Leading the way was Ryan Matson, who ran 9:19, Joshua Krafsur was a second behind in 9:20, Jonathan Woolf ran 9:21, Isaac Russo ran 9:28, and Kieran Nay dipped under 9:30, running 9:29.
In the girls Rated 3,200 Grace Johnson led the way with a 10:49 finish, while Isabella Prosceno was a second behind in 10:50. Almost dipping under the 11-minute mark was Liz Hogan, who ran 11:02. In the seeded section the trio of Lizzy Harding, Lina Corrales, and Addi Iken all ran 10:55.