A year ago, the Brooks PR Invitational was the site for the breakout of Georgia sprinter Candace Hill.
The sophomore from Rockdale County High ran 10.98 in the 100 meters, setting a national high school record, American junior record and World youth record on her way to winning Gatorade National Female Athlete of the Year and a pro contract while still in high school.
Hill’s feat might not be equaled this weekend, but there are plenty of fast times, good storylines and more to come at the Brooks PR Invitational at Renton Memorial Stadium near Seattle.
Here are five storylines to watch:
Twins Chris and Sean Torphy will compete, with Chris in the 800 meters and Sean in the mile. The twins are from Sandburg High in suburban Chicago and are heading to Miami University in Ohio. Sean, who is a minute younger, has run the fastest 800 in the nation this year (1:47.95.).
Also, brother and sister Josh and Makenna Schumacher from Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) will run in the 2-mile and mile, respectively. They are the children of elite coach Jerry Schumacher.
LONG ROAD BACK
Isaiah Lucas from Cypress Falls (Houston) was the 2015 Texas 300-meter hurdle champion and was a bronze medalist and the World Youth Championships last summer. A hamstring tear kept the Texas-bound hurdler out for most of the season, but he recovered in time to compete in the postseason. (He has run 13.78 in the 110m hurdles, 36.56 in the 300m hurdles.) But flooding in Houston prevented him from advancing to the state championship. The Brooks PR event could be his championship meet.
PURSUIT OF OLYMPIC TRIALS
Sammy Watson from Rush-Henrietta (Henrietta, N.Y.) is the world youth champion for 800 meters. Her time is .06 seconds off qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials. She faces a challenge against defending champion Christina Aragon (Billings, Mont.), who recently nabbed her Olympic Trials qualifier in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:09.27.
Paige Hofstad has not completed a track season since 2014 and sat out cross country season last fall because of injury. The Georgetown signee from New Braunfels, Texas, is having quite a comeback season. Hofstad, who will run the 2 miles at Brooks, won her division of the 3,200 meters at the Texas state championship.
DIFFERENT KIND OF GAME
Reed Brown from Southlake Carroll in Texas aims to continue to shine in a sport that is a bit different than the family tradition. Brown is the younger brother of 12-year Houston Texans kicker Kris Brown and current Nebraska kicker Drew Brown.
Reed set a personal best with a time of 8:50.43 in the 3,200 to win the Texas state championship. His personal-best time of 4:04.82 for 1600 meter was good for a runner-up finish at states.
While kickers are not necessarily the biggest guys on the football team, Reed didn’t quite have the size for the game at 5-8 and 125. But he has found his calling on the track.