Boys' Indoor States Sprints/Hurdles Preview: Laird Goes For Glory; 60m, 60mH, 400 Up For Grabs

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Boys' 400 Meter Preview

One of the day's more wide-open events is the 400 meters.

The state leader, Isaac Elliott of Ambridge, has opted to focus on to 60 and 200, so the door is ajar for someone else to come and snatch that PA#1 and a state title. But who will it be?

Brookville's Ryan Thrush is one to watch. Thrush is the reigning champion in the event outdoors in AA. He's had a busy winter where he's experimented in a number of events. This past weekend at Youngstown State, Thrush ran a PA#2 of 49.28 for the win. He's also running the 800 meters, but the 400 will come first and the senior will try to add another state title.

St. Joseph's Prep's Miles Green is another contender, though. Green ran the 400 and hurdles at states last year, but this year, the quarter will be his only individual event focus. He ran 49.29 at Ocean Breeze, and more impressively, a 49.38 at PCLs on Lehigh's flat-track a few weeks ago. He's just a junior, but Green will be looking for his first state crown.

Many others will be in the mix as well. Bishop Shanahan's Nate Alleyne and Keegan Hughes are a pair of teammates that will be in the hunt. Alleyne is in his first season at Shanahan, transferring from Downingtown West. He's adjusted well and put up some quick times this year. Hughes has run 49.78 in the 400 meters this season.

Council Rock North's Mike Welde should be strong in this field. Welde won the Meet of Champs over this past weekend in a talented field of state medal hopefuls. That race included Wissahickon's Rasheed Wright, who has run a PA#6 49.83 this season. Wright will contend as well.

Downingtown East's Mitchell Gill, West Mifflin's Ziggy Patterson, LaSalle's Peter Nelson, and Apollo-Ridge's Dillon Butz-Retzer are others, who, on a good day, can definitely aim for a high place at Penn State.

Boys' 400m Entries:

Event 10  Boys 400 Meter Dash (24)
  State Meet:  47.65  3/1/2003    Drew Eckman, Oxford                          
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Alleyne, Nate                 12 Bish Shanahan               
  2  Brunson, Christian            11 Imhotep                     
  3  Butz-Retzer, Dillon           12 Apollo-Ridge                
  4  Data, Dom                     12 Shenango                    
  5  Fairy, Quincy                 12 Overbrook                   
  6  Gill, Mitchell                12 D-Town East                 
  7  Green, Miles                  11 St Joe Prep                 
  8  Gross, Jonathan               12 Harrisburg                  
  9  Hernandez, Javier             12 William Allen               
 10  Hughes, Keegan                12 Bish Shanahan               
 11  Keim, Austin                  11 Wyomissing                  
 12  Lenahan, Matthew              11 Hatboro Hors                
 13  Lytle, Richard                12 Paul Robeson                
 14  Nelson, Peter                 12 LaSalle Coll                
 15  Patterson, Ziggy              11 West Mifflin                
 16  Shahideh, Ata                 12 CB East                     
 17  Sooknanan, Aaron              12 Abington                    
 18  Thrush, Ryan                  12 Brookville                  
 19  Varano, Nate                  12 Pottsville                  
 20  Vargas-Bines, Brandon         10 Upper Dublin                
 21  Welde, Mike                   11 CR North                    
 22  White, Marshal                11 Canon-McMill                
 23  Williams, Zakharee            10 Greater Latrobe             
 24  Wright, Rahsheed              11 Wissahickon