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.
North Central High School (Spokane, WA) JR.
Event: Two Mile
PR's: 4:20.84 (One Mile), 8:57.66 (3200m), 9:25.14 (Two Mile), 15:33.60 (5000m)
In his sophomore cross country season at North Central High School in Spokane, Washington Wilmot finished 8th at the WIAA State Championships in a personal best time of 15:33.60. He went onto placed 8th at Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional just missing out at a spot at Nike Nationals. For his spring track season, Wilmot posted more personal bests running 8:57.66 at the Shoreline Invitational. At the 3A WIAA State Championship battled it out in one of the best 3200 meter finals the state has seen. He finished third in 9:01.83 in a race that came down to the wire. The injury bug struck the youngster for his junior cross country season. Being the trooper that he is, he tried to tough it out and contribute to North Spokane's great distance program and run at Nike Nationals. Wilmot finished 32nd while the team placed third, but injured himself even further in the process.
"I missed three months with an IT band injury. I'm still coming back but it's doing well. I strained it in a workout and then ran a long run on it. Then I missed state and Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional, but raced NXN on it which made it worse."
Wilmot describes the time off as a "torcher" and is ready to be back training. He swam and ran in the water, did hip strengthening exercises, and even some biking. Now, he says he has been running decent miles for the past month, but still has yet to go all out and see what he can really do.
"I'm looking forward to the race the most because I hope I will feel as if I'm finally making strides back to where I was. My goals for Brooks and the rest of the season are to be competitive, and return to the level I was at prior to my injury and then move beyond that point."
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