With a mile to go the race was down to three.
Or maybe a few gears.
The final mile of the boy's race at the Warrior Lincoln Park Classic (SWL Championships) was where Brunner and Middaugh ran themselves really hard into the 4A state champion conversation.
Because the final mile is where the Battle Mountain duo ran themselves into history.
Brunner and Middaugh - both juniors - hit the final straight stride-for-stride. The two teammates and training partners took this one down to the line - literally.
Brunner and Middaugh shared a shocked glance as they saw the clock sitting on the left side of the finish line, because it was fast.
Fast as in Sub-15 fast.
And in Colorado, there aren't many sub-15 performances.
Sure, there's Liberty Bell, but anywhere else warrants a serious double-take.
Brunner and Middaugh were both clocked at 14:56 - both well under the previous course record of 15:12, making them the fastest two on the course, ever. Add a school record to the list of accolades coming out of that one performance.
While Battle Mountain's 1-2 finish was insanely impressive as a stand-alone, let's not forget that this race had the No. 3 and No. 5 (recently ranked) teams in the 4A Coaches Poll.
Jonas Graff finished fifth in 16:04, and Battle Mountain's Jorge Sinaloa finished sixth. Central's Alex Fisher and Samuel Garmany gave Central four in front of Battle Mountain's four, but John McAbee and Jake Lindall finished 10th and 15th to close the door.
Battle Mountain took the team race with 34 points, which was just ahead of Central (GJ)'s 39. Montrose finished third with 81 points.
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