Burcham runs 5th against top milers
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Trevor Gilley, senior at Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, used a strong final lap to charge to victory Sunday in the boys mile run in the Brooks PR Invitatinal at Dempsey Indoor Stadium.
A year ago, Gilley finished last in this race. Sunday, Gilley, who'll continue his track career at Ole Miss, covered the final 400 meters in 58 seconds to pass Cabell Midland High School senior Jacob Burcham and win in a personal-best 4:08.24. That's the fastest high school time in the country this season.
"It went out just like it did last year, and I moved too early and faded," Gilley told Mario Fraioli, senior editor at Competitor Magazine. "I just tried to stay smarter this time and go when I knew I was ready to go."
Burcham ran a personal-best 4:02 a year ago and placed second. He entered Sunday's race as the No. 1 seed in the field of 13. This time, the University of Oklahoma-bound Burcham fell back to fifth (4:10.93). Burcham is the West Virginia high school record holder in the Class AAA 800, 1600, 3200 and cross country.
Joe Hardy of Seattle was second (4:09.88) followed by Brock Baker, Murfeesboro, TN, 4:09.93; and Chris Marco, Toms River, NJ, 4:10.43.
Runners who came in behind Burcham were:
6. Carl Hirsh, Brookfield, WI, 4:12.01; 7. Ryan Silva, Tucson, AZ, 4:12.89; 8. Conner More, Ceder Springs, MI, 4:13.52; 9. Keith Williams, Spokane, WA, 4:16.11; 10. Robert Domanic, Carrollton, TX, 4:17.10; 11. Sumner Goodwin, Spokane, 4:17.78; 12. Patrick Gibson, Bellingham, WA, 4:18.16; and Jean Baptiste Tooley, Portland, 4:24.43.