How Do Whittaker's Freshmen Times Rank Historically?

After Mount De Sales Academy (MD) freshmen Juliette Whittaker ran two incredible US top 5 performances over 3 weeks with a US #3 4:48 1600 at the Pikesville Track Classic on April 6th then ran a US #5 2:07.95 800 at the Scorpion Classic on April 18th, we knew something special and rare had been done by this young talent. But how rare and special?

Well we took a deep dive into the MileSplit.com national database dating back to 2000 to pull up all the fastest freshmen girls 1600 and 800 meter times over nearly 2 decades to see how Whittaker's matched up against others who quickly rose to stardom as freshmen distance running phenoms.

WATCH: Whittaker's 2:07.95 800 at Scorpion Classic

Whittaker is in some incredible company with many high school national champions, NCAA national champions, and Olympians on the list.  She has the 25th fastest freshmen 1600 meter time (including converted mile performances) and even better all-time among freshmen over this nearly 20 year old period in the 800 meter run with the 6th fastest time.

Some of the few names ahead of her in the 800 include the likes of Sammy Watson, Mary Cain, and Ahting Mu. The top time comes just last year by home schooled talent Michaela Rose from Virginia with a 2:06.35 All-American fifth finish at New Balance Nationals. Meanwhile, Whittaker's time last Thursday at the Scorpion Classic ranks ahead of the high school freshmen year bests of a World indoor champion in Chanelle Price and the current American record holder (1:55.61) as well as 2016 Olympian in Ajee Wilson.

WATCH: Whittaker's 4:48.12 1600m at Pikesville Track Classic


It is only mid April too so great opportunity for Whittaker in the right race and more training with better weather to only further ascend up these lists. She is only one of a handful of athletes to appear on both lists joining Mary Cain, Claudia Disomma, Alexa Efraimson, Chelsey Sveinsson, and Ajee Wilson. Cain, Efraimson, and WIlson all went to the pro ranks as high schoolers and bypassed the college racing circuit entirely. 

Pay attention nation as Juliette Whittaker is instantly showing that she has the talent and times historically to become of the nation's next great distance stars. 

29 Sub 2:10 800m Run Freshmen Girls Times Since 2000

ranktimename/teamgrad yearmeet/date
12:06.35MICHAELA ROSE
VA Faith In Action Ministries Athletics and Recreation
2021
22:06.35SAMMY WATSON
NY Rush Henrietta Sperry
2017
32:06.44MARY CAIN
NY Bronxville
2014
42:07.18ATHING MU
NJ Trenton TC
2020
52:07.43RYLEE PENN
CA Centennial Corona (SS)
2018
62:07.96JULIETTE WHITTAKER
MD Mount De Sales Academy
2022
72:08.18VICTORIA VANRIELE
NJ Governor Livingston HS
2020
82:08.36PHYLLIS FRANCIS
NY Catherine McAuley
2010
92:08.46CHELSEY SVEINSSON
TX Greenhill
2011
102:08.55SARAH WALKER
PA Germantown Friends School
2016
112:08.72CHANELLE PRICE
TN Easton Area
2008
122:08.83HANNAH MEIER
MI Grosse Pointe South
2013
132:08.92ALEXA EFRAIMSON
WA Camas High School
2015
142:08.98KATIE RAINSBERGER
CO Air Academy High School
2016
152:09.37CLAUDIA DISOMMA
NJ Sparta HS
2013
162:09.38LESLIE TREHERNE
VA Western Branch High School
2003
172:09.40JINAH MICKENS-MALIK
FL Mater Academy Charter MS/HS
2021
182:09.40LATAVIA THOMAS
LA West Catholic
2006
192:09.47LINDSAY STULL
OH Hilliard Davidson
2021
202:09.51MORGAN FOSTER
AZ Chandler High School
2019
212:09.59BRITTANY SHEFFEY
NY Bellport
2007
222:09.60OLICIA WILLIAMS
NY Saint Anthony's
2012
232:09.66AJEE' WILSON
NJ Neptune HS
2012
242:09.73CAITLIN HARTNETT
OH Solon
2010
252:09.76BAILEY GOGGANS
TX Marble Falls High
2021
262:09.76LAURA ROESLER
ND Fargo South High School
2010
272:09.80EMMA GALLAGHER
NY Garden City
2015
282:09.98ALANA YODER
PA Solanco
2020
292:09.99DANAE RIVERS
CT Wilbur Cross High School
2016
302:10.05ANNIE HILL
MT Glacier High School
2018



30 Sub 4:50 1600m Run Freshmen Girls Times Since 2000

ranktimename/teamgrade yearmeet/date
14:40.17 cLEXY HALLADAY
ID Mountain View High School
2020
24:40.57 cJORDAN HASAY
CA Mission College Prep (CS)
2009
34:40.77 cALEXA EFRAIMSON
WA Camas High School
2015
44:41.87 cCHELSEY SVEINSSON
TX Greenhill
2011
54:42.85 cSTEPHANIE JENKS
IA Linn Mar High School
2016
64:43.92RYLEE BOWEN
ca Sonoma Academy (NC)
2018
74:44.29 cKATELYN TUOHY
NY North Rockland
2020
84:44.57 cMADIE BOREMAN
TX Leander Rouse
2016
94:44.87JACQUELINE DUARTE
CA Chino Hills High School (SS)
2021
104:44.88 cKATELYNNE HART
IL Glenbard West High School
2020Magis Miles1st
Jun 2, 2017
114:45.25 cMARY CAIN
NY Bronxville
2014
124:45.38 cCLAUDIA DISOMMA
NJ Sparta HS
2013adidas Grand Prix
Jun 12, 2010
134:45.81TARYN PARKS
PA Greencastle-Antrim
2020
144:45.97BRIANA GESS
NJ Haddonfield Memorial HS
2017
154:46.14ELIZABETH YETZER
MN Lakeville North High School
2007
164:46.40 cCORY MCGEE
MS Pass Christian High School
2010
174:46.52ELIZABETH JENKINS
FL Winter Park HS
2017
184:46.65 cANNIE HILL
MT Glacier High School
2018
194:46.77MIA BARNETT
CA Village Christian (SS)
2021
204:46.81 cKATIE KNIGHT
WA North Central High School
2014
214:46.84AJEE' WILSON
NJ Neptune HS
2012
224:47.64 cTAYLOR WERNER
MO Ste. Genevieve High School
2016
234:47.76BRYN MORLEY
MT Bigfork High School
2018
244:47.83AUDREY SUAREZ
CA Mayfield (G) (SS)
2021
254:48.12JULIETTE WHITTAKER
MD Mount De Sales Academy
2022
264:48.50 cTAYLOR ROE
WA Lake Stevens High School
2019
274:48.88SHIMANE JUSTIN
CA North Torrance High School (SS)
2013
284:49.33YANNI VASQUEZ
NE Lexington High School
2020
294:49.63 cALLIE JANKE
WA North Central High School
2021
304:49.68MARLEE STARLIPER
PA Northern
2020



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