Green, Paulk Pace The Way: Top 500 Boys 400m Returners

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Miles Green of Saint Joseph's Prep got his long-awaited state title last month, when he crossed first to take the indoor state crown in the 400 meters. After that, Green went on to become an individual All-American over the distance and anchor his Prep 4x4 to the national title and a state record. Green split 46.39 on that anchor leg. Now the senior and Virginia Tech recruit heads into his final high school season, aiming for more glory.

Green's 47.56 is the fastest returning time in the state, though Green will be aiming to run faster. He'll also have his sights set on a high finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the national level. Injuries derailed the end of his spring last year (he wound up third at outdoor states), so he'll be aiming to finish on a high note.

The other two returning medalists in AAA are Molek Walker of Grove City Area and Michael Welde of Council Rock North. Walker ran a best of 48.90 last spring and took fifth at states. He should continue to move up the ranks. Welde went 48.76 last season before taking sixth in the state. He took third at indoor states and should factor in to a high finish once again.

Another one to watch in AAA is Rick Zink of Bishop Shanahan. The senior battled injuries last season, but seriously emerged this winter and went 48.54 to take second to Green at indoor states. Expect Zink to be a factor once again this spring as he continues to open eyes. Other indoor medalists to watch for this winter include SJP's Salim Epps, Cumberland Valley's Chase Ebersole, and Upper Dublin's Michael Henning. All three will look for a return trip to the podium this spring.

Ayden Owens of North Allegheny rarely competes in the 400 meters, but when he does, it's usually fast. he ran the event once last season in an F.A.T. setting during the decathlon at outdoor nationals and dropped a 49.06.


In AA, Armonte Paulk of Hill-Freedman will look to keep rolling. The 200 meter state champ in AA last year was also second in the 400 meters behind Ryan Thrush. Paulk followed that up with a 47.82 in AAU during the summer. The senior will hope to add an outdoor state title in the 400 this spring.

His best competition will come from Hickory's William Gruber. He was fifth at states last season, but is coming off a big indoor season that saw him dip under 50 seconds on a number of occasions. HIt culminated with a fifth place finish at indoor states. Lakeland's Cyril Babcanec and Wyomissing Area's Austin Keim are among the other returning AA medalists this season.

The independent schools has some talent in the 400 meters, too. Westtown's Julian Klenner went 48.44 to win the PAISAA title last spring. Look for him to have a big junior season outdoors after a solid indoor campaign. Germantown Friends' Kai Cummings will challenge him, though. Cummings was a revelation this winter, running 49.20 in the 400 and later taking fourth at states. Look for more from Cummings this spring.

Watch an interview with Green after winning the indoor state title, and check out the top 500 returners in the 400 meters below:

400 Meter Dash

Rank Time Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 47.56
Saint Joseph's Prep
2018
2 47.82
Unattached Club
2018
3 48.44
Westtown School
2019
4 48.76
Council Rock North
2018
5 48.90
Grove City Area
2018
6 49.06
North Allegheny
2018
7 49.40
Upper Dublin
2018
8 49.51
Quakertown
2018
9 49.62
Ambler Olympic Club
2018
10 49.64
Cumberland Valley
2018
11 49.66
Unionville
2018
12 49.68
Wyomissing Area
2018
13 49.70
Greater Latrobe
2019
14 49.74
Lakeland
2018
14 49.74
Hempfield Area (7)
2018
16 49.83
Hickory
2018
17 49.94
Father Judge
2018
18 49.96
West Mifflin
2018
19 50.05
Milton Area
2018
20 50.10
Germantown Academy
2018
21 50.23
Wyoming Valley West
2018
22 50.25
Central Bucks West
2018
23 50.26
Neumann Goretti
2018
24 50.27
Conestoga
2018
25 50.30
North Penn
2018
26 50.31
Red Lion
2019
27 50.33
Milton Hershey
2018
28 50.34
Penn Charter
2020
29 50.36
Upper Darby
2018
29 50.36
Glen Mills Schools
2019
31 50.45
Imhotep Institute Charter HS
2018
32 50.50
Greater Latrobe
2019
33 50.57
Abington
2018
34 50.58
Mercersburg Academy
2018
35 50.59
Garnet Valley
2018
36 50.67
West Chester Henderson
2018
37 50.75
Mifflin County High School
2019
38 50.76
West Chester East
2018
39 50.78
The Haverford School for Boys
2019
40 50.80
Jim Thorpe Area
2018
41 50.81
McDowell
2020
41 50.81
Saint Joseph's Prep
2018
43 50.85
Central Cambria HS Red Devils
2018
44 50.88
Roman Catholic
2018
45 50.89
Kane Area
2018
45 50.89
Chester Cheetahs
2018
47 50.90
Penn Charter
2018
48 50.92
Ligonier Valley
2018
49 50.94
Chambersburg
2019
49 50.94
Owen J. Roberts
2018
51 50.96
Wilson (3)
2018
52 50.97
Central Bucks East
2018
53 50.98
Harry S Truman
2018
54 51.00
Fairview
2018
55 51.02
Highlands
2018
56 51.04
Chartiers Valley
2018
57 51.05
West Chester Henderson
2018
57 51.05
Seneca Valley
2018
59 51.07
Wilson Area (11)
2019
60 51.09
Episcopal Academy
2019
61 51.10
The Hill School
2019
62 51.14
Northern
2019
63 51.15
The Haverford School for Boys
2018
63 51.15
Dock Mennonite Academy
2018
63 51.15
Union City Area
2018
66 51.20
Towanda
2018
66 51.20
Central Bucks East
2020
68 51.21
Dock Mennonite Academy
2018
69 51.24
James Buchanan
2019
70 51.27
Mechanicsburg Area High School
2020
71 51.28
Girard College HS
2020
71 51.28
Northeast HS
2018
73 51.29
Devon Preparatory School
2019
74 51.33
Reynolds
2018
75 51.34
Springfield Township (Montco)
2018
76 51.40
Pennridge
2018
77 51.41
Olney Charter High School Trojan Warriors
2019
78 51.43
Baldwin
2019
79 51.44
Wyomissing Area
2018
80 51.45
New Oxford
2019
80 51.45
Altoona Area
2019
80 51.45
J.P. McCaskey
2018
83 51.48
Mercersburg Academy
2019
84 51.51
Notre Dame Green Pond
2018
85 51.53
Derry Area
2020
86 51.54
Upper Dublin
2019
87 51.55
Pennsbury
2018
88 51.57
Scranton Preparatory School
2018
88 51.57
Penn Manor
2018
90 51.58
Fort Leboeuf
2018
91 51.61
Mars Area
2018
92 51.63
Norristown
2019
92 51.63
Warren Area
2018
94 51.68
William Allen
2019
95 51.72
Central Bucks West
2019
96 51.76
Phoenixville Area
2018
97 51.79
North Penn
2018
98 51.80
Abington
2018
99 51.82
Cardinal O'Hara
2018
99 51.82
Nadia TC
2018
101 51.84
Pottsville Area
2018
101 51.84
Whitehall
2018
101 51.84
Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2018
104 51.85
Donegal
2020
104 51.85
Malvern Prep
2018
106 51.86
Downingtown West
2018
107 51.90
North Penn
2020
108 51.91
Penn Wood
2018
109 51.92
Wilson (3)
2018
110 51.93
North East
2019
110 51.93
Louis E Dieruff
2018
112 51.94
Warrior Run
2019
112 51.94
Cumberland Valley
2018
112 51.94
Central Bucks West
2018
115 51.95
Greencastle-Antrim
2018
116 51.96
Cheltenham
2018
117 51.97
East Pennsboro Area SD
2019
118 51.98
Parkland
2018
118 51.98
Pennridge
2019
118 51.98
Scranton
2018
121 51.99
Pennridge
2020
122 52.00
Motivation High School
2019
123 52.01
Richland
2020
124 52.03
Bellwood Antis
2018
125 52.04
Jersey Shore Area
2018
125 52.04
Abington
2018
127 52.05
Riverside (7)
2019
127 52.05
Chester
2020
127 52.05
Lehighton
2018
127 52.05
North Allegheny
2018
131 52.07
Bristol
2018
132 52.08
Elk Lake High School
2018
132 52.08
Seneca Valley
2018
134 52.09
Bellefonte Area
2018
134 52.09
LaSalle College High School
2018
136 52.10
Manheim Township
2018
136 52.10
Archbishop Wood
2019
138 52.11
Blue Ridge
2018
138 52.11
Bishop Shanahan
2018
140 52.13
Phoenixville Area
2019
140 52.13
Perkiomen Valley
2018
140 52.13
Cocalico
2018
143 52.14
Northampton Area
2018
143 52.14
Juniata
2019
145 52.15
New Oxford
2020
146 52.16
Mount Carmel Area
2018
147 52.17
Central Dauphin
2018
147 52.17
Central Bucks East
2018
149 52.18
Mifflinburg
2018
150 52.19
West Chester Rustin
2020
151 52.22
Emmaus
2020
152 52.23
Upper Darby
2019
153 52.24
Imhotep Institute Charter HS
2018
153 52.24
Derry Area
2018
155 52.28
Brookville Area
2018
155 52.28
Greensburg YMCA Track and Field Club
2020
155 52.28
Grove City Area
2018
158 52.29
Haverford Township HS
2019
158 52.29
Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2018
160 52.30
Blue Mountain
2018
160 52.30
Generation Next Track Club
2018
162 52.31
Mifflinburg
2019
163 52.32
West Perry
2018
164 52.34
West Perry
2019
165 52.37
Schuylkill Valley
2018
165 52.37
Chester Cheetahs
2019
167 52.38
Hollidaysburg Area
2019
168 52.40
Conrad Weiser
2018
169 52.41
Muhlenberg
2018
169 52.41
Bradford Area
2020
171 52.42
Greenwood
2018
172 52.43
Cardinal O'Hara
2019
173 52.44
Louis E Dieruff
2019
174 52.45
Pennridge
2019
175 52.47
Perkiomen Valley
2018
176 52.48
West Catholic
2018
176 52.48
Methacton
2018
178 52.49
Easton Area
2020
179 52.50
Episcopal Academy
2018
180 52.54
Redbank Valley
2019
180 52.54
Loyalsock Township
2018
180 52.54
Delaware Valley
2019
180 52.54
Lower Merion
2018
184 52.55
Bishop Shanahan
2018
184 52.55
Cheltenham
2018
186 52.58
Neumann Goretti
2020
187 52.59
Central Columbia
2020
187 52.59
Iroquois
2018
187 52.59
Roman Catholic
2020
187 52.59
McDowell
2018
191 52.63
Ambler Olympic Club
2020
191 52.63
Norristown
2018
193 52.64
East Stroudsburg Area South
2018
193 52.64
Carson Long
2019
193 52.64
West Mifflin
2019
196 52.67
North Penn
2020
197 52.69
Kiski Area
2019
198 52.72
Meadowbrook Christian School
2018
199 52.73
Southern Fulton
2018
199 52.73
Upper Merion
2019
201 52.74
Danville Area
2018
201 52.74
Stroudsburg
2018
201 52.74
Mohawk
2020
204 52.76
Midd-West High School
2018
204 52.76
William Allen
2018
206 52.77
Northwestern Lehigh
2018
207 52.79
JDTF
2018
207 52.79
Great Valley
2018
209 52.80
Valley Speedsters
2020
209 52.80
Central Bucks West
2018
209 52.80
Upper Merion
2018
212 52.81
Central Bucks South
2020
212 52.81
Shippensburg
2019
214 52.82
Carlisle
2019
215 52.83
Lansdale Catholic
2018
215 52.83
Central Bucks West
2018
215 52.83
Pottsgrove
2020
215 52.83
Devon Preparatory School
2018
219 52.85
Garnet Valley
2018
220 52.86
Burrell
2018
220 52.86
Conestoga
2019
222 52.87
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2019
222 52.87
Glen Mills Schools
2018
224 52.89
Everett Area
2019
224 52.89
Liberty
2020
224 52.89
Methacton
2019
227 52.90
Harbor Creek
2020
228 52.92
Danville Area
2018
228 52.92
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2019
228 52.92
Bishop Shanahan
2018
228 52.92
Avon Grove
2018
228 52.92
New Hope-Solebury
2019
233 52.93
Canon-McMillan
2019
234 52.94
Engineering & Science
2018
235 52.95
Blue Mountain
2018
235 52.95
Seneca Valley
2018
237 52.97
Elk County Catholic
2020
237 52.97
Haverford Township HS
2019
237 52.97
Perkiomen Valley
2019
237 52.97
Sewickley Academy
2018
241 52.98
Panther Valley
2020
242 52.99
Kennett
2018
243 53.00
Washington
2018
244 53.02
Beaver Falls
2018
245 53.03
Penn Wood
2018
245 53.03
Southern Lehigh
2019
247 53.04
Stroudsburg
2018
248 53.05
Hazleton Area
2019
248 53.05
Penn Hills
2019
250 53.07
Canon-McMillan
2018
251 53.08
Delone Catholic
2018
251 53.08
West Chester Rustin
2018
253 53.09
Penn Wood
2019
254 53.10
Fort Leboeuf
2018
255 53.13
Athens Area
2018
255 53.13
South Western
2019
255 53.13
Martin Luther King HS
2017
258 53.14
Tamaqua Area
2018
258 53.14
Pottsgrove
2019
260 53.15
Quakertown
2019
261 53.17
Beaver Area
2019
261 53.17
Central Bucks South
2019
263 53.18
North Penn
2018
264 53.19
Punxsutawney Area
2018
264 53.19
Norristown
2018
264 53.19
Meadville Area
2019
267 53.20
Purchase Line
2019
267 53.20
Parkway Center City
2018
267 53.20
Danville Area
2019
270 53.21
Richland
2019
270 53.21
Boyertown
2019
272 53.22
Grove City Area
2019
272 53.22
Bensalem
2019
272 53.22
Penn Manor
2019
272 53.22
Episcopal Academy
2019
276 53.23
Glen Mills Schools
2019
277 53.24
Loyalsock Township
2017
277 53.24
Hill-Freedman World Academy
2020
277 53.24
Bensalem
2018
280 53.25
Milton Area
2018
280 53.25
Franklin Regional
2018
282 53.26
Ambler Olympic Club
2019
283 53.27
General McLane
2019
284 53.29
Upper Saint Clair
2019
285 53.30
Indiana Area
2020
285 53.30
Chartiers Valley
2018
287 53.31
Slippery Rock Area
2018
288 53.32
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2018
289 53.33
Dunmore
2019
290 53.34
Central
2019
290 53.34
Bloomsburg
2019
292 53.36
Warren Area
2019
293 53.37
Avon Grove
2020
293 53.37
Lewisburg Area
2020
293 53.37
Chichester
2020
296 53.38
Notre Dame Green Pond
2018
296 53.38
North Allegheny
2020
298 53.39
Wilmington
2018
298 53.39
Montrose
2019
300 53.41
Northern
2018
300 53.41
Canton Area
2018
300 53.41
Reynolds
2018
303 53.42
Central Bucks East
2018
304 53.43
Neshaminy
2018
305 53.46
Freedom Area (7)
2018
306 53.49
Clearfield Area
2018
307 53.51
Abington Heights
2018
308 53.52
Jenkintown
2018
308 53.52
Reading
2018
308 53.52
Hempfield (3)
2020
308 53.52
Penn Wood
2020
312 53.53
Coatesville
2018
312 53.53
Holy Redeemer High School
2019
314 53.54
Moniteau
2018
314 53.54
Neshaminy
2020
314 53.54
Northwestern Lehigh
2018
317 53.55
Great Valley
2018
318 53.56
Hamburg Area
2019
318 53.56
Karns City
2019
320 53.57
West Branch
2019
320 53.57
Montour
2018
320 53.57
Central Bucks South
2018
323 53.58
Malvern Prep
2018
324 53.61
Phil-Mont Christian Academy
2019
324 53.61
Father Judge
2018
326 53.63
Johnsonburg Area
2018
326 53.63
Father Judge
2018
328 53.64
Lower Moreland
2019
328 53.64
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
328 53.64
State College Area High School
2019
328 53.64
Jim Thorpe Area
2018
328 53.64
Reading
2019
328 53.64
Thomas Jefferson
2019
334 53.65
Annville-Cleona
2018
334 53.65
Methacton
2018
336 53.66
Tussey Mountain
2018
336 53.66
Upper Saint Clair
2020
338 53.68
Ambler Olympic Club
2021
338 53.68
Red Lion
2019
340 53.69
Southern Lehigh
2018
340 53.69
Wilmington
2019
340 53.69
MAVERIC Athletic Club
2018
340 53.69
Downingtown East
2018
344 53.70
Hempfield (3)
2018
344 53.70
Shamokin Area
2020
346 53.71
Cheltenham
2018
346 53.71
Hampton
2018
348 53.72
Hatboro Horsham
2018
349 53.74
J.P. McCaskey
2018
349 53.74
Unattached Club
2020
349 53.74
West Perry
2018
352 53.75
Ligonier Valley
2018
353 53.77
Solanco
2020
354 53.78
Pennridge
2020
355 53.79
Warwick
2019
355 53.79
Clarion Limestone
2018
357 53.81
Saint Joseph's Prep
2018
358 53.82
Central York
2018
359 53.83
West Chester East
2019
359 53.83
Mount Pleasant Area
2018
361 53.84
Palisades
2018
361 53.84
Cumberland Valley
2019
363 53.85
Riverside (7)
2019
363 53.85
West Middlesex
2019
365 53.88
Cedar Cliff
2018
365 53.88
Springfield Township (Montco)
2020
367 53.89
Lewisburg Area
2018
367 53.89
Neshaminy
2018
369 53.91
Downingtown West
2019
369 53.91
J.P. McCaskey
2019
371 53.93
Mifflinburg
2018
372 53.94
Blue Mountain
2020
372 53.94
Franklin Learning Center
2020
372 53.94
Montrose
2018
375 53.95
Boyertown
2019
376 53.96
Coatesville
2020
376 53.96
Msgr Bonner & Abp Prendergast HS
2018
378 53.97
West Chester Henderson
2019
379 53.99
Lampeter Strasburg
2018
379 53.99
Girard
2018
379 53.99
Franklin Area
2020
382 54.01
Bishop Shanahan
2020
382 54.01
Susquenita
2018
384 54.04
Coatesville
2019
384 54.04
Altoona Area
2019
384 54.04
Cumberland Valley
2018
384 54.04
Tamaqua Area
2018
384 54.04
South Side
2018
389 54.05
Pope John Paul II
2019
390 54.06
West Shore Christian Academy
2018
390 54.06
Southern Lehigh
2019
390 54.06
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
2020
393 54.07
Bellwood Antis
2019
393 54.07
Butler
2018
395 54.08
Wissahickon
2020
396 54.09
Aliquippa
2019
396 54.09
Kennett
2019
398 54.11
Glen Mills Schools
2020
398 54.11
Pope John Paul II
2019
400 54.12
Greensburg Salem
2020
400 54.12
Belle Vernon
2019
400 54.12
Ridley
2018
400 54.12
Central Bucks South
2018
404 54.13
Belle Vernon
2018
404 54.13
Pennsbury
2019
406 54.14
Palisades
2019
406 54.14
Pleasant Valley High School
2018
406 54.14
York Suburban
2018
406 54.14
Conrad Weiser
2019
410 54.17
York Suburban
2019
410 54.17
Daniel Boone
2019
412 54.18
Penncrest
2018
413 54.20
Spring Grove
2019
414 54.21
North Schuylkill
2019
415 54.22
McKeesport Area
2018
415 54.22
Saint Joseph's Prep
2020
417 54.24
Mount Carmel Area
2018
417 54.24
Pottsville Area
2018
417 54.24
Nazareth Area
2018
417 54.24
Butler
2020
417 54.24
Bartram High School
2018
417 54.24
Garnet Valley
2018
423 54.25
William Penn
2018
423 54.25
Southern Huntingdon
2019
425 54.26
Wellsboro Area
2018
425 54.26
North Allegheny
2020
425 54.26
Oxford Area
2018
425 54.26
Downingtown East
2018
429 54.27
Manheim Township
2020
429 54.27
Bethel Park
2019
431 54.28
Archbishop Wood
2018
432 54.29
Bangor Area
2019
432 54.29
Berwick
2018
434 54.30
North Allegheny
2018
435 54.31
Lakeland
2019
436 54.32
Pine-Richland
2019
437 54.34
Scranton
2018
437 54.34
Cheltenham
2018
437 54.34
Father Judge
2018
440 54.35
Hempfield Area (7)
2020
441 54.36
Dallastown
2018
442 54.38
Towanda
2018
442 54.38
Taylor Allderdice
2018
444 54.39
Quaker Valley
2018
444 54.39
Red Lion
2020
446 54.40
Jim Thorpe Area
2018
446 54.40
Quaker Valley Middle School
2018
448 54.41
Abington
2018
449 54.42
Lower Merion
2019
450 54.43
Gettysburg Area High School
2018
451 54.44
Southern Columbia Area
2020
451 54.44
Imhotep Institute Charter HS
2018
451 54.44
Susquehanna Township
2020
454 54.45
Westtown School
2019
454 54.45
Neshaminy
2019
454 54.45
Dover
2018
454 54.45
Warrior Run
2020
458 54.46
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
2019
458 54.46
Mount Lebanon
2018
460 54.47
Mifflinburg
2018
460 54.47
Punxsutawney Area
2019
462 54.48
Bethlehem-Center
2018
462 54.48
Bishop McDevitt
2019
464 54.51
Ridley
2019
464 54.51
Bangor Area
2019
464 54.51
Central Bucks South
2018
467 54.52
Pittston Area
2018
467 54.52
Greensburg Salem
2019
469 54.53
Bradford Area
2019
469 54.53
Bermudian Springs
2020
469 54.53
Butler
2019
472 54.55
Shenandoah Valley
2018
473 54.56
Jim Thorpe Area
2019
474 54.57
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2018
474 54.57
North Penn - Mansfield
2018
474 54.57
West Shore Christian Academy
2018
474 54.57
Middletown Area
2018
478 54.58
Penncrest
2020
478 54.58
Dallastown
2019
480 54.59
Dock Mennonite Academy
2018
481 54.62
Holy Cross High School
2019
482 54.64
Great Valley
2019
482 54.64
Northampton Area
2020
482 54.64
Cumberland Valley
2018
482 54.64
Central Bucks West
2019
482 54.64
Spring Ford
2019
487 54.65
Lebanon
2018
487 54.65
Malvern Prep
2019
489 54.67
Central Dauphin
2019
490 54.68
Elk Lake High School
2018
490 54.68
Owen J. Roberts
2020
492 54.70
Dallastown
2019
492 54.70
Canton Area
2020
494 54.71
Punxsutawney Area
2018
494 54.71
New Foundations Charter School
2019
494 54.71
Palmyra
2019
494 54.71
Kennett
2018
494 54.71
Stroudsburg
2019
499 54.72
Church Farm School
2018
499 54.72
Taylor Allderdice
2018

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