Three of the nation’s top 800-meter runners are all from the state of Virginia.
That set the stage for the trio to be on the same track at the same time at the 52nd annual Dogwood Track Classic in Charlottesville, Va. They might have run the best high school 800-meter race ever, as dubbed by FloTrack.
Chantilly’s Brandon McGorty, ranked No. 7 in the nation entering the race, won the race with a personal best and meet record of 1:48.58. Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter — the Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year — was second in 1:48.64 and Fork Union’s Alexander Lomong was third in 1:48.67.
All three broke the meet record of 1:50.80 that was set in 1981 by John Hinton (Tuntsall) and the top time in the nation this year of 1:48.70. That time was set by Michael Slagowski of Rocky Mountain (Colo.), who made it into the record book last week by eclipsing the four-minute mile.