Jackson Connelly dropped .60 off his 100 time this year.
The 100 is not an event where massive leaps are common. Given that there's only 100 meters to make an improvement, this means the tiniest, smallest, littlest details are what make the difference. We're talking fractions of a second, if any. That's the difference between a good start, a good final 20 meters, or even a lean at the line.
Despite the limited areas where someone can improve, the 100 saw quite a few sprinters make some big gains this year.
Four of the top 100 this year improved by a full second, or more. Which, let's be honest, that's impressive.
Claiming the Leap of the Year was Cherokee Trail's Chase Monestime.
A year ago he held a personal best of 12.56. This year he dropped that drastically - 1.4 seconds to be accurate, to 11.16. Clearly, he worked on every aspect of his 100, because that's a massive leap.
Ma'siah Henry Hudson was the runner-up with a 1.29 improvement. Hudson went from 12.18 in 2018, to 10.89. That's the difference between mixing it up in the pack, and winning or racing to win.
While there were quite a few with half-second improvements, I've got to mentioned Jackson Connelly. He tied for the fastest time in Colorado this year with Luc Andrada, but what's really impressive is how much he improved off a fairly solid time. He entered the season with an 11.22 PR, and capped it at 10.62 - that's a leap of .60.