4A Boys State Meet Preview By Event

1600 Meter Run

Is Gaithersburg's Peter Antonetti the most improved distance runner in Maryland this season? A state title would go a long way to helping his case. (Photo by Craig Amoss)

AthleteSeason BestRegional Performance
Garrett Suhr, Richard Montgomery4:20.29c (MoCo Invite)4:40.37 (3rd, 4AW)
Nicholas Deamer, Howard4:24.51c (Hispanic Games)4:38.06 (5th, 4AC)
Peter Antonetti, Gaithersburg4:25.05 (MoCo Invite)4:34.58 (1st, 4AW)
Adam Nakasaka, B-CC4:25.54 (MCPS Meet #3)4:40.76 (4th, 4AW)
Sam Keeny, South River4:27.40c (Ursinus Invite)4:36.81 (4th, 4AC)

No one true standout has emerged as the favorite for the 4A 1600 title this winter, but Richard Montgomery sophomore Garrett Suhr probably boasts the most impressive resume heading into the meet. Two sub-4:23 full miles and a win at the Montgomery County Championships had him looking unbeatable until the 4A West Regionals, where he finished third. Part of it was certainly the unpredictable nature of the armory, but there still remains plenty of competition for the talented sophomore.

Howard's Nick Deamer is the only other 4A runner with a 1600 time (or converted mile time, in his case) under 4:25 this year. Meanwhile, Gaithersburg's Peter Antonetti showed up fresh for the 4A West Regionals and pulled out a big win. A state title would cement his status as the breakout performer of the 2018 indoor season. B-CC's Adam Nakasaka, meanwhile, has run the 4x800 all throughout championship season, and since the Barons have a realistic chance at winning that title he may be on his second race for the 1600 - not that he's ever minded the workload.

After those four the picture gets a bit fuzzier. South River sophomore Sam Keeny is the only other 4A runner competing at states with a sub-4:30 effort to his name this winter, but keep eyes on Michael Flanagan (second at 4AC), Nathan Davis (third at 4AC) and Simeon Mussie (second at 4AW).