5 Bold Predictions: The Boulder County Championships

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Michael Mooney Tops James Lee And Cruz Culpepper, All Go Under 4:15

A week ago I predicted Cole Sprout would win the 1,600 at Mullen under 4:20, and it was a vastly un-bold prediction. So, I'm not going soft this week. 

Michael Mooney, fresh off his nation-leading 8:50 3,200, is slated to run the 1,600. Like I mentioned earlier this week, Mooney's 3,200 PR throws him into a new league, and with that is likely to come a new PR in the 1,600. His previous best of 4:21 appears in danger, because he averaged 4:25 for nearly two miles at Arcadia last week. 

What does this mean for his mile? We'll find out this weekend. 

And so will James Lee and Cruz Culpepper, who have been playing cat and mouse with each other all season long.

Sprout and Dillon going 4:12 last week shifted the landscape of the mile in Colorado entirely, and now we'll see how Lee and Culpepper respond, in addition to Mooney.

Lee and Culpepper have gone 4:10 and 4:11 out-of-state (at "sea-level"), but what can they run in Colorado? The bar has been raised, and I predict the trio of Mooney, Lee, and Culpepper will return the call. 

I predict it'll take a sub-4:15 to win the 1,600.