Power Rankings: Top Five Girls Performances of Indoor Season

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With the KYA Indoor Classic and the Vanderbilt Invitational behind us, this is a good time to look back for a bit.

There have been lots of impressive performances across the board in Tennessee so far this season. And many of them have happened on a national stage outside the state lines as well.

Here are our top five girls performances so far this indoor season.

5. Nicole Johnson -- Vanderbilt HS Invitational 60m Dash

Tyner Academy's Nicole Johnson is the fastest sprinter in the state of Tennessee so far this season. That's because of her impressive performance over the weekend at the Vanderbilt Invitational.

Johnson placed fifth in a loaded field of athletes from all over the southeast. Her time of 7.72 is a season best. Last year, Johnson set a personal best with a prelim mark of 7.57 at the New Balance Indoor championships.

Needless to say, she's not done yet. But having over a tenth of a second between you and everyone else in Tennessee is pretty impressive at this point in the season.

4. Brittany Bishop -- KYA Indoor Classic Pole Vault

Brittany Bishop came into the indoor season off the heels of an undefeated outdoor campaign a year ago.

The Anderson County junior didn't lose a single meet in the pole vault last year. 

That's twelve wins in a row.

And the 2018 KYA Indoor Classic was no exception. Bishop vaulted 11-6.25, which gave her the victory by two feet.

In the state of Tennessee, only one competitor is within a foot and a half of Bishop so far this season. Her performance in Johnson City last month stands as one of the best in the state for any event.

Her personal best is 12 feet, which will surely be her mark to beat if she decides to compete in the Indoor State Championships later this month.

3. Kirstin Jones -- Vanderbilt HS Invitational 200m Dash

Like Johnson, Jones put down the top time in the state on Saturday in Nashville. Running out of heat two, Jones put down the sixth fastest time out of the three sections. 

Her mark of 24.90 is the fastest by nearly a full second.

Jones ran on the AAU Summer Circuit in June, placing second at the AAU Region Six qualifier in Knoxville for the 200 meter dash. She has a personal best of 24.48 from that competition.

At the moment, Jones leads Johnson for the fastest 200 meter runner in the state thanks to her sixth place finish on Saturday.

2. Meghan Underwood -- Vanderbilt HS Invitational 800m Run

Briarcrest senior Meghan Underwood ran a gutsy race on Saturday to place fifth in the 800.

Underwood went out in the lead, hanging on the inside to set the pace over the first few laps. And when the kickers started pushing for the finish, she tagged along.

With her fifth place finish, she also ran the top time in the state so far this season -- 2:17. That's three seconds faster than the next closest competitor.

Underwood has a personal best of 2:15 from last season's state championship meet outdoors. We're expecting big things out of her in a few weeks when the Indoor State Meet returns to Nashville.

1. Beth Donnelly -- Vanderbilt Commodore Classic Mile

Brentwood TC's Beth Donnelly has had a sensational season so far. 

And she's done all of it against elite competition.

In early January, Donnelly competed against collegiate athletes at the Commodore Invite in Nashville. She ran a TN No. 1/US No. 21 4:59.01 to finish eighth.

That race also earned her an invite to the 2018 Millrose Games to race in the high school mile. There, she went on to run a 5:04 for 12th place.

Not to mention, Donnelly is only a sophomore.

With a top 15 finish at NXSE in cross country, a sub-five mile and an appearance at The Armory, Donnelly has had a pretty exceptional year. Only one runner is within ten seconds of her 4:59 so far this indoor season. That's why she's number one on our list at this point of the season.

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