Category Archives: Midwest Distance Digest
By Michael Newman
The Midwest Distance Festival is less than six months away. Yes, it is a long time but it will go by quickly. To help the time fly a little bit faster, I am introducing a weekly update that will count down to the second annual Midwest Distance Festival on June 8.
We will look at some of the top distance performances in the Midwest (and maybe beyond also) each week. You may see some of these great athletes on the Benedictine University track in June.
Erin Finn’s 10:18 3200 in Ann Arbor
Though it will probably be overshadowed by Mary Cain’s unbelievable 9:02 3k on Saturday in Seattle, Erin Finn (West Bloomfield HS, West Bloomfield MI) ran a great race on a track that she will call home the next four years on the campus of the University of Michigan. She split 5:12 / 5:06 in her 10:18 race. Steve U has a full recap with an interview of Erin. You can read more HERE
Amos Bartelsmeyer’s great double at the Arkansas HS Invitational
It looks like Amos Bartelsmeyer (Mary Institute-St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis MO) is picking up where he last off last spring in track. The Missouri senior Saturday started off his track season with two sterling performances at the Arkansas HS Invitational. He started off his evening by winning the 1 Mile run in 4:13.26, over four seconds ahead of Trevor Gilley (Carroll HS, Southlake TX) who ran 4:17.67. Bartelsmeyer ran a great tactical race letting Gilley set the pace. Gilley looked like he had the race with 400 to go opening a two second lead. Bartelsmeyer closed in a 29 second last lap to pass a tiring Gilley and seal the win.
Amos came back an hour later and was just nipped at the line by Chris Ibarra (Atlanta, TX) by two hundredths of a second 1:52.74 – 1:52.76.
This is a great start of the year for Bartelsmeyer. Last year in track, he won the Missouri Class 3 State Championship in the 1600 and finished third in the 800. He has a PR of 4:11 in the mile which he ran at the Festival of Miles Meet at the end of May last year. His PR in the 800 is 1:51.08 which he ran in winning the Midwest Distance Festival last June. Although he missed close to a month in the cross country season, he still won the Missouri Class 3 Individual championship last November.
Amos has verbally committed to Georgetown University.
The times that he has run indicate that he will be one of the premiere prep milers in the United States this spring.
Topham’s running towards the top
Rebekah Topham (Griswold IA) already has a strong following in her home state of Iowa. Though only a sophomore, she has already captured four state championships (2 in track, 2 in cross country). She started off the season in style in consecutive week’s performances.
Last week at the Texas A&M HS Invitational, Topham dominated the fields in both the 2 and 1 mile runs in setting meet records in both of those events (11:09.10 / 5:04.10).
At the Arkansas High School Invitational Saturday in Fayetteville, Rebekah finished second in the Mile to Courtney Kriegshauer (Carroll HS, Southlake TX). Topham’s time of 4:55.28 was a seasonal best. She came back in the 800 to hold off Annika Sisson (Lee’s Summit West HS, Lee’s Summit MO) for the win. Topham’s winning time was a seasonal best of 2:17.78. Sisson’s time was 2:18.37.