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February 22, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Brooks PR Invitational set for Sunday

Here is a press release on Sunday’s Brooks PR Invitational at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor:

Bothell, Wash. – Dec. 14, 2011 – The fastest runners in the country compete against one another on the fastest track in the nation on the fastest day of the year. Leading running company Brooks Sports today announced it will bring the speediest high school runners to Seattle for the second annual Brooks PR Invitational. Taking place on Feb. 26, 2012, the invite-only event gives students the opportunity to test their speed against the best of the best and break their own personal records (PR).

Qualified athletes will sprint to the finish and crush records at Dempsey Indoors, located at the University of Washington, one of the fastest indoor tracks in the country. Participants will race against themselves and their peers in one of six events: 60m, 60m Hurdles, 400m, 800m, 1600m, and the 2 mile. Each event will feature eight to 12 of the best high school runners nationwide.

“When creating the Brooks PR Invitational, our focus was on the athlete and creating an experience for them that is unlike anything else they will experience in their high school careers,” said Jesse Williams, sports marketing manager at Brooks. “This athlete focus begins the minute the golden ticket invite arrives in their mailbox, and continues through the high energy, high speed track meet where we spotlight PR performances by turning out all the lights except for those above the track. We will have a DJ spinning the whole time and there are always a few additional Run Happy surprises you will have to tune in to see.”

To give all high school runners and fans the opportunity to experience the Brooks PR Invitational, Brooks will partner with Flotrack to stream live on meet day. On Sunday, Feb. 26, viewers can catch all the action at

The inaugural 2011 Brooks PR Invitational featured breakout performances and record smashing times:

— Ajee Wilson (Neptune, NJ) claimed the number 1 spot in the US for the mile, clocking in at 4:49.48

— The top eight finishers in the girls 2 mile all ran faster than the previous national leader in the event. Sophmore Wesley Frazier led the way with a time of 10:17.46, just edging out the number 2 finisher Kayla Beattie at 10:17.93

— Six of the nation’s number one high school times were produced:

Girls 60M dash, Girls 400M, Girls Mile, Girls 2Mile, Boys 60M, and Boys 400M


— Seven of the nation’s number two high school times were produced:

o Girls 60M Hurdles, Girls 400M, Girls 800M, Girls 2Mile, Boys 60M, Boys Mile, Boys 2Mile

— In the Girls 60M, Dezerea Bryant ran the 5th fastest all-time, clocking-in at 7.26

*Records and rankings based off standings as of Feb. 26, 2011

Some of the top track athletes in the state will be participating. Here is a list:

— Tatum Taylor (O’Dea High School – Seattle) – ranked #1 in the US for the boy’s 60m

— Hannah Cunliffe (Federal Way) – Holds the US girl’s freshman record in the 60m

— Maddie Meyers (Northwest School – Seattle) – 12-time WIAA Class 1A state champion

— Damian Green (Skyline High School – Sammamish) – USATF and AAU Jr. Olympic National Qualifier

— Amy-Eloise Neale (Glacier Peak High School – Snohomish) – six-time WIAA 3A state champion

— Marcus Chambers (Henry Foss High School – Tacoma) – 400m champ at the Tacoma Invitational

— Will Drinkwater (Gig Harbor High School – Gig Harbor) – Member of 2011 WIAA 4A Cross Country Team Champions

— Korey Krotzer (Auburn Riverside High School – Auburn) – NXN Qualifier

— Marcus Dickson (White River High School – Buckley) – three-time WIAA 3A state champion

— Izaic Yorks (Lakes High School – Tacoma) – Winner of the 1500m at the 2011 BorderDuel Track Classic



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