RECAP: Elite Sprints Headline Vanderbilt Invite

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As we expected, the 2018 Vanderbilt HS Invitational was fast. 

Sprinters from all over the Southeast descended on Nashville over the weekend. And US top ten times were happening all over the place.

Coming into the meet, the boys 400 meter dash was the headliner. Brian Herron was looking to break the national record, breaking 46 seconds for the first time. But a slight injury early in the week kept him out of the race.

His teammate Nicholas Ramey decided to steal the show anyways. 


In one of the closest finishes you'll ever see, Ramey out-leaned Trey Johnson for the win. His finishing time of 47.19 is currently No. 2 in the country. Johnson's 47.20 is No. 3 in America.

See for yourself...it was a tight photo finish.

Ramey wasn't the only elite long sprinter to put down a huge time. The Jones twins, Colin and Keaton, finished 1-2 in yet another 800 on Saturday.

Colin took the inside line for most of the race, with his brother on the outside shoulder. And as usual, whenever those two run together, they controlled the tempo of the entire race.

From wire to wire, it was Jones on the outside and Jones on the inside.

That's how the race finished. With Colin Jones taking a US No. 1 time of 1:54.18. Keaton's 1:54.43 was US No. 4. Wake Forest commit Kenton Bachmann (1:54.57) closed well for a US top ten mark too.

After all the dust settled from a busy weekend across the country, four of the top six 800 times in the country this year have been run by Tennesseans. 

That's not too bad.

On the girls side, Marietta's Sterling Lester stole the show. Lester extended her lead on the rest of the country with a season best in the pentathlon. She was already the US No. 1...now there's just a bigger gap between her and everyone else.

She also came back to run another season best in the 60m hurdles. Her 8.57 is good for No. 5 in the country.

But that entire race featured a loaded field. 

US No. 3 Tia Jones took the competition, followed by US No. 4 Darci Khan. 

So once again, three of the top five runners in a single event were competing in Nashville on Saturday.

On the distance side, the Kick of the Week happened in Middle Tennessee.

And if you know Jake Renfree, that shouldn't surprise you.

The junior from Knoxville Catholic once again displayed his excellent closing speed in the final stretch of the boys mile. He out-kicked two other runners in the final 100 meters, securing a US No. 8 time of 4:14.

When you take into account who he out-kicked, his finish becomes much more impressive. Fellow Foot Locker All-American Carter Cheeseman was second. Sean Prendeville, who has a PR of 4:13, finished third. With his huge personal best on Saturday night, Renfee once again proved that he has one of the best kicks in the country.

We've got a ton more coverage from the Vanderbilt HS Invite up right now. Every single race is archived, along with an extensive photo gallery.

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