That’s the thought that occurred to me after scanning this weekend’s results. To qualify this--the best weekend ever, not counting state finals weekends and national championship weekends. Have we ever seen an invitational weekend in May so full of eye-popping results?
Here are the performances that cracked the all-time top 10 lists:
*Donavan Brazier of Kenowa Hills ran 4:07.15 to move to No. 6 all-time at the Red Hawk Invite, just ahead of the legendary Earl Jones. He followed up with a 1:51.58, a time only 10 Michiganders besides himself have bettered. Without a doubt, it was the best 1600/800 double in state history. Brazier won each race by large margins. Notable in second in the 1600 was Rockford’s Cole Johnson, clocking 4:15.54 for a 9th grade state record (breaking Anthony Berry’s mark by nearly four seconds).
In the same meet, Rockford senior Sammy Cuneo unleashed her speed over the full lap, clocking a stunning 54.71. She is now No. 9 all-time. As far as we know, it was her first 400 ever outside of relays. The coaches at Central Michigan have got to be thrilled about their recent signee.
*Annie Fuller of Manistee continued her breakout senior season. She already had clocked 2:10.02 for 800. At the Bell Invitational, she tangled with Holly Bullough of Traverse City St Francis over 1600. The result, a stunning 4:44.50 to 4:47.44 win. Now Fuller is No. 6 all-time, pushing Erin Finn out of that spot. Bullough is now at No. 13.
*At the Arft Invite, Audrey Belf soloed a 10:09.48 after running on Seaholm’s 9:21.14 relay. It fell just short of her PR, but only Megan Goethals and Erin Finn have run faster among Michigan preps. Not bad company. In the 1600, Rachel Bonner of Port Huron upended Rachel DaDamio with a 4:53.05.
*At the Golden Triangle meet, Port Huron Northern senior Mackenzie Shell flew over 13-3, the third-best vault in Michigan history outdoors (after two heights she cleared last year). The Saline meet was loaded with other great performances, including a 21.57 for Skyler Bowden and deep boys distance races.
*Oak Park’s girls won the Roosevelt Memorial Invitational in Dayton, clocking 48.30, 1:40.22 and 3:46.89 in the standard relays. In Michigan history, only five schools have bettered that 48.30, only eight have bettered the 1:40.22, and only one other school has bettered the 3:46.89. The Oak Park girls also lead the rankings in the 4 x 800—any other teams with aspirations of winning D1 are going to have to go big.
*Grant Fisher crushed his own state record in the 1500 with a 3:42.89. The time makes him the No. 5 high schooler in U.S. history.