Who makes a leap of over 30 seconds in the 800?
34 seconds to be exact.
That's nearly passing the 600 meter mark, or finishing, at these sort of speeds.
Max Saliman was the lone half-miler to surpass the half-minute mark of improvement from 2018 to 2019, and he took the title of "Leap of the Year" by a long shot.
A year ago he ran the one 800 of 2018, and it was a 2:38. This year the Shining Mountain Waldorf senior went to a new level. His 2:03.96 personal best from the State meet was good for seventh in the event.
Clearly, Saliman put in a ton of work.
And speaking of putting in a ton of work...
Christian Montoya went into beast mode this year. The Holy Family senior came in No. 2 on this list with a 20.90 second leap from 2018.
A year ago he was a 2:20 half-miler. This year? 1:59.80. Adding to the impressiveness of the jump is the fact that his 1:59 from this year was his one and only 800 this year.
Rory Seidel and Caden Smith were a close 3-4 on this list, with both making jumps of over 17 seconds. Seidel went from 2:14.88 to 1:57.28 for a leap of 17.60 seconds, while Smith went from 2:14.36 to 1:56.34 for a leap of 17.02 seconds.
Editor's Note: List compiled with the Top 200 times of 2019.