Running a 1:57 800 as a freshmen and then 1:55 as sophomore, Woodside's Brandon Burton (pictured right by Ryan Kelly) seemed destined to state championship glory based off his performances as an underclassmen. However, a junior year marred by injury and disappointment had set Burton back from developing to the next level as the state's best. While competing in the 500 meter dash during the indoor track season as his primary event for the winter, Burton reminded all other half milers in the state of his ability to rise to be one of the best again with his personal best 1:53.90 performance in an All-American fifth place showing at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships on Sunday. An 800 meter state title certainly will be no easy feat for the Woodside senior, especially when that field could include indoor state record holder and Nike Indoor Nationals champion Anthony Kostelac of Albemarle, but a first place finish on the first weekend of June at Sports Backers Stadium would complete Burton's high school career and bring it full circle from his stellar start as a freshmen. After dropping two seconds off his 800 PR at NSIC, Burton has opened the door potentially for more colleges knocking on his own door and to become a darkhorse challenger for championship glory this June. Read more for interview with Brandon Burton...
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Virtual meet preview for the Peninsula District Indoor T&F Championships based on the performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
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