Nation's Top High School Athletes to Compete at Brooks PR Invitational
First and only indoor all-nighttime meet attracts track's best U.S. high schoolers
Posted Tuesday, 3 January, 2012
From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA
BOTHELL, Wash. - (Dec. 28, 2011) - The fastest runners in the country will compete against one another on the fastest track in the nation on the fastest day of the year. Leading running company Brooks Sports has announced that it will bring the speediest high school runners to Seattle for the second Brooks PR Invitational. Taking place on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, the invite-only event gives students the opportunity to test their speed against the best of the best and break their own personal records (PR).
Qualified athletes will sprint to the finish and crush records at Dempsey Indoors, located at the University of Washington, one of the fastest indoor tracks in the country. Participants will race against themselves and their peers in one of six events: 60m, 60m Hurdles, 400m, 800m, 1600m, and the 2 Mile. Each event will feature eight to 12 of the best high school runners nationwide.
"When creating the Brooks PR Invitational, our focus was on the athlete and creating an experience for them that is unlike anything else they will experience in their high school careers," said Jesse Williams, sports marketing manager at Brooks. "This athlete focus begins the minute the golden ticket invite arrives in their mailbox, and continues through the high energy, high speed track meet where we spotlight PR performances by turning out all the lights except for those above the track. We will have a DJ spinning the whole time and there are always a few additional Run Happy surprises you will have to tune in to see."
To give all high school runners and fans the opportunity to experience the Brooks PR Invitational, Brooks will partner with Flotrack to stream live on meet day. On Sunday, Feb. 26, viewers can catch all the action at: www.flotrack.org
The inaugural 2011 Brooks PR Invitational featured breakout performances and record smashing times:
* Ajee Wilson (Neptune, NJ) claimed the #1 spot in the US for the mile, clocking in at 4:49.48
* The top eight finishers in the Girls 2 Mile all ran faster than the previous national leader in the event. Sophomore Wesley Frazier led the way with a time of 10:17.46, just edging out runner-up Kayla Beattie at 10:17.93.
* Six of the nation's number one high school times were produced: Girls 60m dash, Girls 400m, Girls Mile, Girls 2 Mile, Boys 60m and Boys 400m
* Seven of the nation's number two high school times were produced: Girls 60m Hurdles, Girls 400m, Girls 800m, Girls 2 Mile, Boys 60m, Boys Mile, Boys 2 Mile
* In the Girls 60M, Dezerea Bryant ran the 5th fastest all-time, clocking-in at 7.26
Records and rankings based off standings as of Feb. 26, 2011
For more information about the Brooks PR Invitational, visit: www.flotrack.org/brookspr
For more information about Brooks performance running footwear, apparel, and accessories, go to: www.brooksrunning.com