Brooks 2014 PR Invitational Lights Up the Track with New National Records
The unique, one-of-a-kind track meet brought together the USA’s fastest prep runners and again delivered record-setting performances in the distance races.
Seattle – June 23, 2014
Bethan Knights of Northwood High School stepped onto the track knowing her 2-mile race would be fast. What she didn’t know is that her new national record of 9:53.54 would set the tone for six meet records and two additional U.S. No. 1 times throughout the rest of the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational.
Now in its 4th year, the Brooks PR Invite has become known for showcasing the best-of-the-best in high school track as well as for posting fast times and setting new national records.
“We moved the Brooks PR Invitational outdoors this year because we wanted to capture athletes in the peak of their high school season,” said Jesse Williams, head of Brooks sports marketing. “While we knew the entire roster of athletes would be wildly fast, I don’t think anyone could have guessed they’d be this fast. The athletes’ performances are an example of the strength of our sport and the talent of our young athletes.”
New records from the 2014 Brooks PR invite include:
- Bethan Knights – National 2-Mile Record of 9:53.54
- Alexa Efraimson – 2014 U.S. No. 1 800-Meter time of 2:03.26
- Northport Track Club (Justin Leopold, Jack McGowan, Tim McGowan, Mike Brannigan) – 2014 U.S. No. 1 4 x Mile Relay in 17:06.92
Created in 2011 to provide a platform for the fastest U.S. runners to improve their own times through unique competition, the PR Invite again delivered breakthrough performances including these event winners:
- 100-Meter Dash: Kaylin Whitney, 11:35. Christian Coleman, 10.29
- 100-Meter Hurdles: 110-Meter Hurdles: Dior Hall, 13.32. Isaiah Moore, 13.52
- 400-Meter Dash: Olivia Baker, 53.26. Devante Lacy, 46.74
- 800-Meter Run: Alexa Efraimson, 2:03.26. Derek Holdsworth, 1:49.98
- 1-Mile Run: Sarah Feeny, 4:39.42. Matthew Maton, 4:06.32
- 2-Mile Run: Bethan Knights, 9:53.54. Grant Fisher, 8:51.28
- 4 x Mile Relay: Northport TC, 17:06.92
Distance events took center stage with each race producing meet records for both boys and girls. Phenomenal performances included Sarah Feeny’s winning sub-4:40 mile and Alexa Efraimson, 1600-meter run national record holder, running away with a win in her 800-meter race.
Sprints were not to be missed with Christian Coleman taking home gold in the 100-meter dash in an incredible 10.29 seconds. Olivia Baker showed strength and poise in the 400-meter dash, winning in 53.26.
The Brooks PR Invitational is central to Brooks’ support of competitive running at all levels. The company’s other investments in the future stars of the sport include sponsoring 50 of the top high school track programs in the U.S., paying tribute to exceptional high school coaches through the Brooks Inspiring Coaches program and sponsoring the prestigious Mt. SAC Invite and Relays.
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