Nine guys ran 4:15 or better in the 1600m in the Class meets. To put that into some context, only eight guys were under the mile equivalent of 4:16.48 at the last New Balance Nationals Outdoor championship in 2019. There is just a deep sea of talent in the distance events, and only a complete idiot would make predictions here other than that each race will have some strategic elements played out at a very fast pace which could push the winning times to historic marks. Nick Bendtsen nipped Gavin Sherry's earlier mark in the 1600m by .03, which is likely to be the margin in at least one of these three races. Gabriel Kwarteng edged Charles King by .02 in LL 800m battle, and Matthew Jennings and Jack Martin will likely to be joining in the fun of the Open 800m. Two years ago Aidan Puffer finished 2nd and Gavin Sherry finished 4th in the 3200m as freshmen, but that was a couple of eons ago. Burning mondo here.
800 Meter Leaders
Gabriel Kwarteng (Danbury) 1:53.70, Charles King (Ridgefield) 1:53.72, Matthew Jennings (Haddam-Killingworth) 1:55.37, Jack Martin (Avon) 1:56.20, Azaan Dawson (Fairfield Prep) 1:56.27, Ryan Farrell (Cheshire) 1:56.27
1600 Meter Leaders
Nick Bendtsen (Wolcott) 4:08.44, Gavin Sherry (Conard) 4:08.47, Aidan Puffer (Manchester) 4:11.01, Azaan Dawson (Fairfield Prep) 4:12.00, Colin McLaughlin (Westhill) 4:13.74, Walker Beverly (Hall) 4:14.06, Liam Carcich (Ridgefield) 4:14.58, Nikita Omelchenko (Wilbur Cross) 4:14.77, Matthew Jennings (Haddam Killingworth) 4:14.79
3200 Meter Leaders
Gavin Sherry (Conard) 9:03.29, Eamon Burke (Xavier) 9:08.48, Michael Bohlke (Newington) (9:12.70), Callum Sherry (Conard) 9:12.87, Nate DeAngelo (Bristol Cental) 9:12.98, Nick Bendtsen (Wolcott) 9:07.48, Aidan Puffer (Manchester) 9:19.37, Charles Namiot (Ridgefield) 9:20.00