Liberty Ricca was one of four girls who dropped over 40 seconds from their PR this year.
Unlike the sprints where there's very little room to find gains, the 3,200 is an event where every lap is ripe with hope for a second or twos worth of a gain.
Gains of 10 or 20 seconds were common, but the Top 100 from 2017 to 2018 saw four runners with gains of over 40 seconds - and two who nearly chopped off a full minute. A minute's improvement is 7.5 seconds faster - per lap.
The almost-minute improvement and Leap Of The Year came from Mountain Vista's Madison Reed, who dropped 58.70 seconds from her 2017 personal best. The Mountain Vista sophomore went from 12:19 last year, to 11:20 this year.
Battle Mountain's Naomi Harding was a close, close runner-up, as she dropped 57.90 seconds from her lone 3,200 last year. Harding went from 12:03 to 11:05.
And claiming third place was Elizabeth Schweiker, who dropped 50 seconds off her PR.
Additionally, Grace Johnson and Liberty Ricca made major shakeups near the top of the rankings. Johnson opened her season with a modest 11:38 PR, and ended it with a 10:49 - that's a 49 second improvement. Likewise, Ricca ran 11:32 last year, and 10:49 this year - a 42 second improvement. Their jumps were the difference between mixing it up with the pack, and leading it.