3200 Meter Run
This year's 2A girls 3200 will be a survival of the fittest, as most of the girls - including 2A East regional champion Sydney Freidel - will be coming back from the 1600. (Photo by Craig Amoss)
|Athlete||Season Best||Regional Performance|
|Sydney Friedel, Calvert||11:36.53 (MoCo Invite)||11:45.90 (1st, 2AE)|
|Faith Meininger, River Hill||11:26.65 (HoCo Champs)||11:49.25 (2nd, 2AE)|
|Nandini Satsangi, Poolesville||11:38.97 (MoCo Invite)||11:53.02 (1st, 2AW)|
|Alexis Whitehorn-Coriz, Damascus||11:41.66 (MoCo Invite)||12:06.87 (4th, 2AW)|
|Heidi Rinehart, Liberty||11:48.38 (SMAC Classic)||11:53.03 (2nd, 2AW)|
|Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle, Kent Island||11:52.92 (2A East Regionals)||11:52.92 (3rd, 2AE)|
This year's 2A girls' 3200 is shaping up to look a lot like the 3A girls' 3200 two years ago. Nearly all of the frontrunners in the race were coming off of the 1600 not long before, leading to a slower race that featured a very tight finish. That scenario even played out in two of the regional meets last week.
Over in the 2A West Regionals, Poolesville's Nandini Satsangi doubled back from the 1600 and defeated Liberty's Heidi Rinehart (who also ran the 1600) by a mere hundredth of a second. At the 2A East Regionals, Calvert's Sydney Friedel outlasted River Hill's Faith Meininger, both of whom - surprise! - had run the 1600. Not only are there no obvious favorites in this year's race, most of them will be coming back for their second race.
Could there be any sleepers who come into the race with an advantage of not having run the 1600? Winters Mill freshman Kathryn Hopkins finished not far behind the leaders at the 2A West Regionals; ditto for Kent Island sophomore Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle at 2A East.