On the way to his record breaking performance, Miles did a workout at Ben Lomond High School with Grandpa and Shanney (a girl Grandpa is coaching). He (Miles) had an amazing workout, running 4 sets of 600 m--1 minute rest--200 m at a 4:50 mile pace with only a 3 minute rest between sets. HOLY COW! Originally Grandpa told him to run at a 4:55 mile pace but he went out strong and stayed strong so Grandpa just let him go. Grandpa was excited and, when he told Miles what he had done, Miles was excited as well. The fastest time in the mile in the district at that point, was 5:04. He had gone from not being eligible to make the fast heat at district to being in contention to win the race.
He did not win the mile race at the district meet but he did break the 5 minute mile mark. In fact, the first five finishers all broke 5 minutes in the mile. It was a beautiful race. Miles ended up placing fourth with a time of 4:55.89. He was very happy….and very tired.
Going into district, Sand Ridge’s medley relay team (two 200m legs, a 400m leg, and an 800 m leg) was undefeated. Running the anchor 800m leg, Miles often passed several people to give his team the win and was accustomed to always crossing the first line first.
Things are district are different though. Gabe Hinkson (former OPA student, winner of the mile in 4:44.84 and winner of the 800m race in 2:09.72) ran the 800 leg of the North Ogden medley relay at district. Miles was super NOT happy about that. “No one else in the district could take the victory in the medley relay away from me, except Gabe,” he said. And Gabe did take it away.
Traditionally Sand Ridge’s medley team has had a weak 200 m leg. They just don’t have many sprinters on the team. At district a distance runner ran one of the 200 m legs. Miles’ coached him: “You are a distance runner. You know how to run through pain. I want 100% the entire 200 m. Run as fast and as hard as you can. Run through the pain.” And he did. Miles got the baton in first place. And he held onto first place for over half a lap. Gabe caught up to him, slowed a bit, then sped up and passed him. After passing Miles, Gabe tried to slow down a bit again but Miles would not let him. Miles stuck with him and forced Gabe to race. And race they did. When it came to the final sprint, Gabe pulled slightly away from Miles but not much. Miles’ 800 split for the race was 2:11. [His previous PR for the 800 was 2:17] Though disappointed that he did not win, Miles felt great about his race, as he should. His 800 m split time would have earned him 2nd place in the 800m run. The third place medley relay team finished 60 m/11 seconds behind Miles and Gabe.
Sand Ridge also got second to North Ogden in the 4 x 400 relay. And, again, the race was between those two teams; third place was nearly 10 second behind Sand Ridge. Miles’ 400 m split was 58, 4 seconds faster than he has ever run the 400 m before. He had a tremendous meet and is a very happy boy.
At the junior high level, the district meet marks the end of the track season. At the end of the district meet, Grandpa said to Miles “Do you know what tomorrow is?”
The correct answer was “My first day of training for next season.”