With such an incredible year for middle distance, what has been the most impressive? Two well known guys going sub-4:00y (#3 and #4) for the first time ever, or two much less heralded guys going sub-1:48 (#4 and #5 AT) for the first time ever?
I'll update this post with more stuff later.
EDIT: Here's a (partial?) list of the Top-3 finishers originally from the Northwest in the Open division, plus all the Northwest preps that have competed.
Former Preps -
Mens 10k: #1 Galen Rupp (Nike/Central Catholic OR) 28:11.61, #3 Hassan Mead (Nike/Emerald Ridge WA) 28:16.54
Mens Javelin: #3 Sam Crouser (Oregon/Gresham OR) 249-01
Current Preps -
Junior Mens Javelin: #5 Hudson Keffer (Central Kitsap WA) 192-10, #6 Jackson VanVuren (Faith Bible Christian OR) 191-05, #8 Tyler Hieb (Wilsonville OR) 176-08, #9 Brendan Thurber-Blaser (Newport OR) 161-10
Junior Womens 5k: #8 Kristen Garcia (Sedro-Woolley WA) 17:43.25
Junior Mens 5k: #1 Matthew Maton (Summit OR) 14:47.10, #4 Levi Thomet (Kodiak AK) 14:56.06, #6 Miler Haller (Edmonds-Woodway WA) 14:57.19
Junior Womens 100m Hurdles prelims: #12 Brandi Hughes (Skyline WA) 14.17
Junior Mens 110m Hurdles prelims: #13 Chris Diaz (Shorewood WA) 14.21
Junior Womens 400m Hurdles prelims: #3 Elsja Mecham (Rigby ID) 58.27, #11 Darhian Mills (Inglemoor WA) 61.50
Junior Mens 400m Hurdles prelims: #3 Julian Brody (Jesuit OR) 52.57
Junior Womens 400m prelims: #11 Dai'lyn Merriweather (Union WA) 56.27, #12 Jai'lyn Merriweather (Union WA) 58.27
Junior Mens 800m prelims: #16 Josiah Langstaff (Lincoln OR) 1:54.52
Junior Mens High Jump: #4 Benjamin Milligan (Sherwood OR) 7-00.25
Junior Mens Shot Put: #20 Zachary Short (Lebanon OR) 52-09.25
Junior Womens Shot Put: #19 Madeline Rabing (Lakeridge OR) 41-05.00
Junior Womens Heptathlon: #10 Lauren McCluskey (Pullman WA) 4556
Junior Mens Decathlon: #4 Ryan Chase (Capital WA) 7006, #9 Aaron Pullin (Centralia WA) 6560, #12 James Rodeman (Yelm WA) 6445
Junior Womens Steeplechase: #7 Kristen Garcia (Sedro-Woolley WA) 11:15.31, #10 Savanna Craig (Mountain View WA) 11:34.10, #12 Phacelia Cramer (South Eugene OR) 12:04.63
Junior Mens Steeplechase: #17 Collin Magnusson (Meridian WA) 10:19.34
Junior Womens 1500m: #7 Taylor Roe* (Henry Jackson WA) 4:31.31
Junior Womens 3k: #7 Alissa Pudlitzke (Camas WA) 10:20.30, #12 Maizy Brewer (Skyline WA) 10:42.94, #15 Ruby Watson (Sehome WA) 11:39.33
*Taylor Roe is actually an 8th grader this spring. Perhaps the next standout frosh distance girl from Washington? She also ran 2:16 and 4:47 this year, according to Athletic.net.