Niwot's Cruz Culpepper improved more than anyone else from the 2017 to the 2018 season.
Now that the dust has settled, and the sweat has dried from the 2018 outdoor track season, we've got our state champions, and fastest times. But who improved in the mile the most over the past year?
Throughout the season I ran "Leap Of The Week," which was a somewhat objective take on who improved the most over the weekend. But now with the school year complete, and the season about done, the question must be asked again, but on a much larger scale:
Who made the biggest Leap Of The Year?
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner: Cruz Culpepper.
Culpepper capped his 2017 season with a 4:32 personal best. This year? 4:11. That's a whopping 21-second jump. To understand the gravity of such a jump, take note that only three boys had improvements of over 10 seconds.
The other two with massive improvements were Connor Ohlson and Blake Hubert. Both made 11-second jumps over the past year. Ohlson went from 4:32 to 4:21, while Hubert went from 4:33 to 4:22.
Additionally, six of the Top 100 improved by nine-seconds.
To give the list on the next page some context: I've compiled a list of the Top 100 mile (1,600) times in 2017, and 2018, and compared the two. The list compares their 2017 time to their 2018, and lists the time drop for each athlete.
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