4A Boys State Meet Preview By Event

3200 Meter Run

Severna Park's Garrison Clark (left) finished fourth in the invitational two mile at the Hispanic Games earlier this year, and dropped one of the fastest times in recent Armory history at the 4A Central Regionals. (Photo by Derrick Dingle)

AthleteSeason BestRegional Performance
Garrison Clark, Severna Park9:28.22c (Hispanic Games)9:38.04 (1st, 4AC)
Obsaa Feda, Northwood9:33.48 (HoCo Winterfest)9:48.57 (1st, 4AW)
Adam Nakasaka, B-CC9:24.86 (MoCo Invite)9:54.08 (2nd, 4AW)
Eldad Mulugeta, Northwood9:35.71 (RHProFit Invite)9:56.12 (3rd, 4AW)

This has a chance to be one of the deepest races we've ever seen in the 4A classification, as 18 guys have already broken 10 minutes in the event this winter with a few more set to compete at states knocking on the door. However, out of that massive group have emerged four runners who have seemingly positioned themselves at the top.

Severna Park junior Garrison Clark owns the third-fastest time in the state this season and just dropped one of the fastest times in recent Baltimore Armory history in his win at the 4A Central Regionals. He also may have the advantage of being the only one in the group to enter the race fresh. Adam Nakasaka has the top 4A time this year but could possibly run one or even two races prior to the 3200, although it is definitely worth pointing out that he won the 3200 at the MoCo Championships on his third event of the day.

That leaves a pair of Northwood juniors, Obsaa Feda and Eldad Mulugeta, who came off the 4x800 to go 1-3 at the 4A West Regionals. Feda now has two big 3200 wins under his belt this season and could be looking for a third, while Mulugeta was one of just five boys to crack 10 minutes in the Armory this season (all of them coming during the 4A regionals).

Beyond the top group, the pack is deep enough that any number of runners could battle for a top three spot with a good race, especially if a slow start keeps the pack tight.