The outdoor season may be young, and until recently, the weather has not exactly cooperated, but that hasn't stopped boys 800 meter runners from showing one big improvements from their best times all of last season.
We examined the times of the boys ranked inside the top 100 in the state in the 800 meters this season with their best times from last year to see how much time they've dropped in less than a year.
Current PA#1 Collin Ebling has already dipped under his best from last season. Others likes Jack Baker and Ethan Zeh (above) are in the midst of breakthrough years and have shown some great improvement since last year already. Of course, we are yet to see the outdoor season debut of Josh Hoey, who broke the national high school indoor record in the 800 meters by running 1:47.67 in the winter (his outdoor best is 1:49.37 from last spring).
In total, we found that 55 of the top 100 boys have already improved on their outdoor best from last season, and it's only mid-April. Plenty of time remains in the season, but we've learned one thing early on: the boys' 800 is going to be very fast this season.
Check out how the top boys improved in the half mile since last year in the chart below.
Names in bold with (-) under difference have shown improvement in 2018 since their best time during the 2017 outdoor season. This list only includes boys who registered performances in the outdoor season in both 2017 and 2018.