One of the greatest mid-distance runners in U.S. high school history has done it again.
On Saturday, Mount de Sales junior Juliette Whittaker lowered her 800 meter personal best to 2:02.07 with her performance at the Virginia Showcase. It's the third-fastest indoor time ever by a high school girl in the event.
The time also meets the 2:02.50 USATF Olympic Trials qualifying standard in the event (for reference, the men's qualifying time in the 800 is 1:46.00).
It was also Whittaker's first track race in almost a calendar year. Last February Whittaker ran 2:03.01 at the Fastrack Last Chance Invitational in what would ultimately be the final race of her sophomore year. After a fall season that included a 17:29 5K performance at the Virginia Elite Invitational and a 16:45 three-mile personal best, Whittaker appears to be back in top form once again on the track.
You can find all of our Virginia Showcase coverage here, including results, race videos, photos and a link to the live stream that will be running throughout the weekend.