Since 2010, Adidas assembles the country’s best high school boys and girls for a fast spring mile. This year’s fields for this weekend’s Dream Mile at the Boston Boost Games do not disappoint.
We will be on-hand for the meet’s action Friday at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. We’ve put together a cheat sheet with some bios and stats on all of the runners in the race. It will probably take you longer to get through this than it will to watch their race.
The dude to watch
Casey Clinger (American Fork, UT) is arguably the favorite and has the best alliteration in his name. Kids who train at altitude in Utah can sometimes win – please see Ben Saarel in 2013. He’s the two-time Nike Cross Country National champion and most recently pulled off a triple at the Utah state meet. He ran 1:54 for 800 meters, 4:08 for 1,600m and 8:57 for the two-mile. He will be headed to BYU in the fall.
Clinger won’t be alone as he’s bringing his American Fork boys with him. Patrick Parker was the runner-up to him in the 800 and 1600. McKay Johns was a member of the 4x1600m squad that set a U.S. high school record this year.
Austin Hindman (Wildwood, MO) is a triathlete. Those guys have also fared well in the Dream Mile – please see Lukas Verzbicas in 2011. He ran 4:09.69 at the MSHSAA Class 5 State Championships just a few days ago. The ITU World Junior Champion has wheels when he doesn’t have to come off a swim or bike ride.
Dalton Hengst (Owings Mill, MD) also has one helluva name and is best known for his 4:09.99 victory at the Penn Relays. He’s coming off a nice little trip to Cuba where he won the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational 1500m. His 4:08.21 was good enough for fourth at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.
Yared Nuguse (Louisville, KY) ran 4:12 earlier this year. He pulled off the state tripe in the 800m, 1600m and 3,200m. He will be attending Notre Dame in the fall.
Isaac Green (Louisville, CO) ran 4:09.69 at Arcadia in April. Fun fact: Louisville, Colorado was named Money magazine’s No. 1 place to live in the U.S. back in 2009.
Kyler True (Olpe, Kansas) has no relation to Ben True that we know of. He won the Kansas Relays mile in a personal best of 4:13.85. He brings some 1:52.58 speed from an indoor 800m.
Haden Penrod (Springville, UT) will be joining Clinger at BYU next year. For now, he settled for state titles at 800m and 1,600m in the state’s UHSAA 4A division.
The top lady
Taylor Roe (Lake Stevens, WA) is just a sophomore at Lake Stevens but she’s certainly a star in the making. She is coming off a weekend in which she won the Class 4A state girls 800m, 1,600m and 3,200m titles. She also has two cross country titles and she’s just halfway through her high school career. She has a mile personal best of 4:45.97 and an 800m personal best of 2:09.98.
Lexy Halladay (Meridian, ID) is just 15 and has already run 4:53.96. She’s fresh off her own state championship triple in Idaho.
Brie Oakley (Centennial, CO) was the girl’s champion last fall at NXN so that’s why the name is familiar. She dominated that race and won by 28 seconds. She also put together a fantastic indoor season with New Balance National crowns in the two-mile, where she ran 9:56.06 and 5,000m, where she ran 15:55.75 – the first U.S. high schooler under 16-minutes during indoors. She’s going to run at Cal next year.
[Editor’s Note] Looking up Oakley brought us to the Centennial, Colorado Wikipedia page which then sent us into a rabbit hole with AnnaSophia Robb’s page. The former Soul Surfer star has really fallen off in recent years. Remember when she was in Race to Witch Mountain with The Rock? Man, that movie came out in 2009. It’s amazing how quickly things change in just a few years. She’s got some movies coming out with Bette Midler and then another with Uma Thurman. Meanwhile, we’re talking about The Rock running for president. Bananas! We’re going to stop right here before this becomes into a post just about AnnaSophia Robb and how Bridge to Terabithia having an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes is preposterous.
Joy Ripslinger (Davenport, IA) laughs at all of these aforementioned triples. She pulled off a state quadruple with 400m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m victories – the first girl in Iowa history to take those four titles in a single championship. Davenport, Iowa breeds winners like former WWE World Heavyweight Championship holder Seth Rollins.
Allie Schadler (Rio Rico, AZ) has the fourth-best mile time of the year with her 4:46.98. We need someone to contact the Rio Rico Historical Society and ask why Schadler isn’t listed on their historical personalities list but Arnold Schwarzenegger is. C’mon! She captured 400m and 1,600m state titles just a few weeks ago to end her high school career with 15 state titles. She will be running at Washington in the fall.
Cailie Logue (Girard, KS) is like many of these teens with her 800, 1600m, 3200m triple. If you’ve made it this far into the post, you realize that these triples are all the rage with these millennial. It’s like track and field’s fidget spinner.
Julia Heymach (Manvel, TX) is a six-time state champion in Texas and donned the red, white and blue for the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships. She ran 4:21.78 for eighth in the final that year.
Lauren Gregory (Fort Collins, CO) will be running at Arkansas next year. The Razorbacks are getting the Colorado 800m and 1,600m state champion. She beat Oakley in both those races.
Brogan MacDougall (Kingston, Ontario) is the lone Canadian in this race. Just two months ago, she was in Uganda racing in the U-20 cross country championship and finished 30th. She impressed some with her 5,000m win at the Penn Relays in 16:06.75 over a field that included a couple collegians.
Here’s a bizarre connect-the-dots situation. At her age, Elon Musk was studying at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and then he transferred to UPenn. Boom.
Anna Gibson (Jackson, WY) is one tough cookie. While we’re starting to see pictures of people hitting the beach, the poor kids in Wyoming had to put up with snow at the state championships. She still won the 800m, 1600m and 3200m. She’s also got five state titles in Nordic skiing. Now, we want to see it snow in Boston on Friday.