The Brooks PR Invitational brings together the nations top track and field athletes from across the country to compete at the Dempsey Center in Seattle, Washington, one of the fastest indoor tracks in the nation. The meet consists of seven events the 60 meter dash, 60 meter hurdles, 400 meter dash, 800 meter run, one mile run, and two mile run. The home state is well represented sending the most of any state, 20 athletes to nearby Seattle. Leading up to the meet we will spotlight these talented runners.
Seattle Preparatory School (Seattle, WA) JR.
PR's: 4:14.94 (One Mile), 8:55.22 (3200m), 14:57.10 (5000m)
In a state stacked with top flight distance runners Hardy is establishing himself as one of the best and he's only a junior. In 2011, as a sophomore, he finished fourth at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships. He then picked up the pace for the outdoor track season taking third in the 1600 at the Washington State Meet in a time of 4:09.89 and winning the 3200 with a powerful kick at the end in a sub nine minute time of 8:55.22, and a new state meet record. The Seattle Prep youngster had his eyes set on more trophies the following fall. Hardy won the WIAA State Cross Country Championships, Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional, and finished fourth against the nation's best at Nike National in Portland, Oregon. He says training has been going great and his goals this year are simple.
"My goal is to win the races I'm in, times don't matter all that much although faster is better."
Getting To Know Joe Hardy
If you were stranded on an island with three things what would they be?
I would take a pet dragon, a giant piece of broccoli to eat and stuff, and probably a castle.
What is your favorite food?
My favorite food straight up is lettuce.
What are some un-running related things people might not know about you?