James Randon '13 and Garrett O'Toole '14 made the qualifying standards for the National Indoor High School Championships held at the Armory in New York City March 8th - March 10th. 330 high schools from every region of the country qualified athletes for the championships, but only one other ISL runner, Emily Stark '12, has run fast enough to qualify for nationals. Equally remarkable, they and Peter Howe '14 and Nick Stewart '13 also bettered the standard for the 4xmile relay, averaging 4:27 per mile. Their time placed them in the fastest of three heats of 37 schools, all of which were state relay champions and/or national cross country finalists.
In the relay event, Garrett and Howe ran personal bests of 4:19 and 4:25, and the team placed 18th, besting Lowell HS, Mass state cross-country and track relay champions.In the next day's 2 mile, Garrett bettered his 13th place seed, finishing 11th overall, third best junior in the US, running a personal best of 9:14.
Randon next ran in the fast heat of the mile, entering with the 7th seed. Although his opponents were state champions of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Utah, Florida, Texas, and California, none wanted to lead. Undaunted, James led with quarters of 62 and 65, then got boxed as the pack accelerated, leaving him in last place at 3/4 mile. He swung wide on the penultimate turn to repass runners and close with a 58 final quarter, for a 4:11.12 mile. James medalled with 5th place, the first Boy ISL runner to achieve all-American in a national high school championship race. He also ranks number one in Massachusetts at the mile and 3000m, as does Garrett at 2 miles. James bettered the indoor Connecticut and Massachusetts state records for 300 meters. Indoor tracks are slower than outdoor because of the tight turns, so James' time is equivalent to a 4:06 mile outdoors, Garrett to a 9:04 two mile. The runners look forward to joining their larger team for outdoor track.