Elite Early-Season Distance Highlights Weekend

Last weekend belonged to the sprinters in New Orleans and Memphis.

But this weekend was all about the distance runners.

Let's start in Brentwood, where we saw a number of elite times at the Brentwood Academy Early Bird Endurance Invite. This meet is always a strong indicator of everyone's fitness for the outdoor track season. It's a fantastic transition from indoor to outdoor. And it didn't disappoint.

Take a look at these results...

1David Ahlmeyer12Beech Senior High School4:13.941
2Silas Winders11Henry County High School4:14.061
3Aiden Britt10Lebanon High School4:20.081
4Gabriel Robinson10Ravenwood High School4:20.491
5Matthew Porter12Brentwood Academy4:22.241
6Miles Ally10Martin Luther King High School4:22.621
7Canaan Anderson11Siegel High School4:23.551
8Jacob Hatcher12Dickson Co. High School4:24.651
9George Payne12Brentwood Academy4:30.681
10Cole Davis12Henry County High School4:34.651
11Ethan Craig11Beech Senior High School4:35.241
12Jack Dellinger11Ravenwood High School4:35.981
13Eric Mitchell11Beech Senior High School4:38.051
14Connor Henson9Columbia Academy4:38.071
15Ben Tickle10Siegel High School4:40.051
16Eddie Lunn12Brentwood Academy4:40.081
17Hall Griffith9Montgomery Bell Academy4:40.141

Anytime you have 17 guys go sub-4:40, it's good. 

But doing that in March? Incredible.

That's a new TN No. 1 for David Ahlmeyer, who continues to have an excellent senior season. And it was another chapter in his epic races with Silas Winders, who wasn't far behind at all. That duo is US No. 10 and 11.

The top eight boys mile times in the state all came this past weekend on that fast track at Brentwood Academy.

On the girls side, there were some equally impressive runs...

In the mid-state, Beth Donnelly moved to the top of the state rankings with a 4:50.71 win at the early bird invite. Donnelly continues to impress -- she broke the indoor state record in the mile in the winter. And it looks like she's not near finished yet either. Her teammate Sofia Rutherford is also in the state's top five with a 4:57. And she's still a freshman.

In North Carolina, Sasha Neglia and Niki Narayani took their talents east for the weekend. Neglia opened her season with a 4:53 to finish third. Naryani was 4th in 4:54. 

Anytime you can break five minutes in your opener, you're doing something right. There's plenty of time and racing for that top trio. But how great will that Division I Large Schools 1600 be this May? Donnelly, Neglia and Jenna Hutchins? Sign us up.