With all the big 400s coming out of the weekend, namely Taylor James, who nearly ran a meet record at Air Force, I figured the next list to compile would be the girl's 400 improvement.
As already stated in the meet recap, James had a big run at Air Force. Her 55.81 almost took down the meet record, and it's No. 3 in Colorado this season behind Kyairra Reigh and Colorado's fastest quarter miler ever, Arria Minor.
What makes her time at Air Force all the more impressive, if not frightening, is that it's over four seconds faster than her 2018 indoor best. Last year she ran 1:00.50 indoors, and a few months later she went on to run 56 outdoors, and 2:13 in the 800. Additionally, her 4.69 improvement over last year is beyond anyone within the top 20 of this list.
She's already way ahead of where she was this time last year, which bodes well for her 2019 outdoor season...
Current Colorado leader, Reigh, has run two 400s so far, and both have been 56 seconds, or faster. A year ago she went on to run 54.67 at New Balance Nationals Indoors.
Likewise, Minor has raced just one 400 so far, but it was a high quality quarter mile. A year ago she didn't touch the event until February, and this year looks very similar.
Another big jump this year has come from Valor Christian's Camille Peisner, who has already dropped two seconds from last year. What's exciting for Peisner, like Taylor, is that she's already run faster indoors this season than her 2018 outdoors PR. Peisner ran 57.11 outdoors last year, and this year she's already gone 56.31.
Who has the biggest improvement from 2018 to 2019, so far?
Trank ran 1:14 indoors last year (and 1:13 outdoors), and this year she's already taken massive strides downwards towards that magical 60-second barrier. she's run 1:04.54 so far.