Future Huskies Impress At Brooks PR Invite
Feb. 24, 2013
SEATTLE - Washington's Dempsey Indoor was taken over by Brooks and dozens of the best high school track athletes in the country today, as the Brooks PR Invite went down in front of several thousand spectators. Five Husky commits were among the elite entrants, by invite only, and previewed their future home track while battling against the nation's best.
Women's distance recruits Amy-Eloise Neale, Katie Knight, and Kelly Lawson were in action today, along with men's sprinter Andrew Brown and distance runner Sumner Goodwin. Neale, making her third appearance in the PR Invite, got her first win, as she ran a confident and aggressive race in the girl's mile, taking the win in 4:45.89.
Wearing a temporary "W" tattoo on her cheek, the Glacier Peak High School product and Washington state record-holder took the lead right away in the mile race and showed no concern that the rest of the talented field was lurking behind her waiting to make a move. On the final lap, one runner challenged for the lead and briefly overtook Neale, but she had a big kick around the final turn and pulled away to win. Lawson, who made the trip up from Carlsbad, Calif., finished 10th in the same race, crossing in 4:59.33.
Knight, the frequent rival of Neale but soon-to-be teammate, ran in the 2-mile finals, finishing fourth in the 13-woman field. The Spokane native ran 10:17.78 and has a big trip a month from now when she'll head to Poland to run for Team USA in the World Junior Cross Country Championships.
In the men's quarter mile, Brown finished fourth overall and second in his heat in a time of 49.15 seconds. Brown, who attends Tumwater High, is the two-time Washington 2A champ at 400-meters.
Results for Goodwin in the mile are unavailable at the moment.