Broomfield's Michael Mooney dropped over 13 seconds from March to May this season.
Peaking is perhaps one of the hardest things to time. No athlete is the same, so no one recipe always works.
But when it's timed to perfection, it's art.
On that note, I compiled a list of the boys 1,600 this past outdoor season. This is a month-by-month list of improvements for the top 50 milers this season.
You'll see the end-spot for each miler, and where they began.
Topping the chart for run-in-Colorado this year was Broomfield's Michael Mooney's 4:11.99, which he ran at the St. Vrain Invite. Mooney's progression is quite impressive - he ran 4:24 in March, 4:14 in April, and 4:11 in May. He revved up his engine through the season and timed it perfectly.
Another really impressive drop in time came from Soroco's Ben Kelley, who went from 4:31 in March, to 4:21 in April, to 4:17 in May.
Perhaps one of the biggest season-improvements came from Chatfield's Drew Johnson, who went from 4:44 in March, to 4:19 in May. That's a eye-opening 25-second improvement... Or, 6+ seconds of improvement each lap.
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*Editor's Note: The list goes from March to May. Times run in June were not included on this list.