Leap Of The Year: Girls 800

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Marlena Preigh was the fastest half-miler this year with a 2:07 PR, which was a six-second improvement from 2017.

I'll admit, when I was compiling the top 100 800 runners from this year, and mashing them against last year, I wasn't expecting to see massive improvements. It's the 800. Two laps. Half-a-mile. 

How much time can someone chop off in such a short distance?

21 seconds. Or, 10.5 seconds per lap. Or, about 2.5 second per 100. Yes. Claiming the Leap of the Year in the 800 required a 21-second improvement. 

So, who is our workhorse of a winner?

Fairview's Isabel Thornberry. 

She went from 2:44 in 2017, to 2:23 this year. 

And she wasn't the only one with that huge of a leap. Because ironically enough, a 19-second improvement was a solid runner-up. And that was Durango's Madeleine Burns, who went from 2:38 to 2:19. 

In an honorable mention category, we've got Sonja Morin who tallied a 12 second improvement. Morin went from 2:31 to 2:19. And, I can't go without mentioning Marlena Preigh. When you've already run 2:14, there's not a whole lot of room to improve, and yet she still dropped nearly seven seconds to go 2:07. And, I can't mention Preigh without mentioning Bryce Johansen, who likewise, dropped nearly eight seconds, going from 2:18 to 2:10.


Athlete800 2018 800 2017 Difference
Marlena Preigh 2:07.562:14.30( 6.74 )
Madison Mooney 2:10.192:11.25( 1.06 )
Bryce Johansen 2:10.552:18.33( 7.78 )
Keely Jones 2:12.332:20.04( 7.71 )
Abby Scott 2:12.672:16.79( 4.12 )
Maggi Congdon 2:14.072:18.33( 4.26 )
Kasey Klocek 2:14.122:13.031.09
Jenna Fitzsimmons 2:14.282:20.95( 6.67 )
Lilly Lavier 2:14.682:18.71( 4.03 )
Kaitlyn Mercer 2:14.752:12.172.58
Joslin Blair 2:15.052:20.03( 4.98 )
Anna Shults 2:15.182:13.731.45
Tiana Bradfield 2:16.312:17.24( 0.93 )
Jordan McCurdy 2:16.402:18.13( 1.73 )
Maggie Smith 2:16.532:26.39( 9.86 )
Naomi Harding 2:16.572:17.58( 1.01 )
Megan Koch 2:16.662:13.653.01
Shannon King 2:16.902:18.96( 2.06 )
McKenzie Elliott 2:16.962:18.55( 1.59 )
Lauren Neugeboren 2:17.022:17.18( 0.16 )
Anna Hall 2:17.182:19.48( 2.30 )
Kiran Green 2:17.472:20.11( 2.64 )
MaLeigha Menegatti 2:17.542:15.721.82
Katelyn Mitchem 2:17.752:16.521.23
Lizzy Harding 2:17.752:21.68( 3.93 )
Madi Kenyon 2:18.002:17.870.13
Jessica Barich 2:18.162:22.88( 4.72 )
Chantae Steele 2:18.172:16.521.65
Kaylee Kearse 2:18.202:24.78( 6.58 )
Hannah Wilkie 2:18.272:18.58( 0.31 )
Payton Corah 2:18.412:19.62( 1.21 )
Lina Corrales 2:18.422:18.310.11
Caroline Eck 2:18.452:20.78( 2.33 )
Quinn McConnell 2:18.452:12.266.19
Rebecca Walton 2:18.552:21.40( 2.85 )
Julia Mainland 2:18.802:25.30( 6.50 )
Paige Embaugh 2:18.812:20.85( 2.04 )
Isabella Bowland 2:18.942:21.16( 2.22 )
Hailey Leader 2:18.982:18.740.24
Madeleine Burns 2:19.162:38.33( 19.17 )
Kenadi Krueger 2:19.302:22.75( 3.45 )
Sonja Morin 2:19.312:31.90( 12.59 )
Lauren Felknor 2:19.452:26.64( 7.19 )
Winter Boese 2:19.472:21.10( 1.63 )
Ashten Loeks 2:19.552:29.61( 10.06 )
Bekah Moenning 2:19.742:21.47( 1.73 )
Samrawit Dishon 2:19.872:28.84( 8.97 )
Alex Raichart 2:19.942:20.44( 0.50 )
Chloe Veilleux 2:20.132:24.60( 4.47 )
Dorothy Elder 2:20.922:27.34( 6.42 )
Mikayla Cox 2:21.102:31.13( 10.03 )
Sarah O'Sullivan 2:21.112:19.271.84
Ella Benkendorf 2:21.192:19.671.52
Liberty Ricca 2:21.262:26.16( 4.90 )
Noelle Resignolo 2:21.552:22.96( 1.41 )
Madeleine Bonneau 2:21.652:22.81( 1.16 )
Kendall Green 2:21.982:21.430.55
Grace Abernethy 2:22.132:26.92( 4.79 )
Elizabeth Constien 2:22.192:29.84( 7.65 )
Maria O'Neal 2:22.372:27.24( 4.87 )
Elizabeth Moore 2:22.402:23.94( 1.54 )
Katie Doucette 2:22.632:24.57( 1.94 )
Isalina Colsman 2:22.812:28.34( 5.53 )
Soleil Gaylord 2:22.942:21.771.17
Savannah Martin 2:23.512:23.150.36
Amber Valdez 2:23.642:21.612.03
Isabel Thornberry 2:23.842:44.90( 21.06 )
Tara Sowards 2:24.102:27.71( 3.61 )
Katie Fankhouser 2:24.312:33.46( 9.15 )
Abigail Braun 2:24.352:26.36( 2.01 )
Sydney Petersen 2:24.392:27.05( 2.66 )
Taylor Petty 2:24.452:23.650.80
Benisa Ellis 2:24.562:31.24( 6.68 )
Kristen Farmer 2:24.662:26.88( 2.22 )
Callin Naddy 2:24.712:14.899.82
Lauren McKenna 2:24.752:29.43( 4.68 )
Kendra Eickleberry 2:24.872:24.490.38


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