Johan Correa Takes Home First Ever Eastside 1,600 Classic Title

SPOKANE, WA - There hasn't been anything to look forward to on the weekend for the last two months in Washington. For some of us, it was just to survive Saturday and Sunday and get back to school and work on Monday.

14 distance runners met up in Spokane, Washington on Saturday, May 23, 2020, for a 1,600-meter time trial. Johan Correa won in a time of 4:14.34. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Ian Barville, a student at University High School, had his senior track and field season taken away like everyone else due to the Coronavirus Pandemic that has impacted the state of Washington and the rest of the country.

With the season being cancelled, Barville still managed to get some workouts in and train this spring, hoping to throw in a couple of time trials at the end of May.

"I'm just looking forward to when we can do an all-comers race this summer." said Barville in an interview on Wednesday.

But he couldn't wait for the summer.

Barville had been getting together with a couple of his teammates to help him push his efforts in these time trials, while social distancing of course.

The University senior ran an 800-meter time trial in the first week of May running a time of 1:56, which would have earned him a fifth place finish at the 4A State Track and Field Championships last spring.

About a week ago, Barville was contacting a few guys from around the Spokane area to see if they wanted to meet at a track for a 1,600-meter time trial and quite a few runners responded, including the 2019 4A state cross country champion and Gonzaga University committ, Lewis & Clark's Wil Smith.

"Couple of weeks ago, I have been thinking of running some fast times, and my coach brought up running a fast time trial this weekend," said Smith.

"I knew Ian was thinking about time trialing as well, so I reached out to him and that's kind of how it all started."

Barville had also reached out to his own former teammate Travis Hicks, and Chiawana's Austin Bachman and Eastmont's Jarred Barnes.

When word got around there was going to be a race in Spokane, Kamiakin's own Isaac Teeples, the 2019 3A state cross country state champion, Grayson Wilcott and Drew Barnes immediately messaged Barville about joining in.

"When I first heard about this, my first thought was 'Can we hop into it?'," said Teeples.

"Once we figured it out that we could, we were all super pumped because I obviously haven't seen anybody all season and was looking forward racing some new faces."

And the Eastside 1,600 Classic was born.

A total of 14 runners met up at a track in Spokane for the historic race on Saturday, May 23, and Kennewick High School graduate and current Spokane Falls Community College runner, Johan Correa, went on to win in a time of 4 minutes, 14.43 seconds.

The 2018 3A state cross country champion took an early lead for the first 200 meters before sitting behind Teeples as they came across their first lap in 62 seconds.

As Teeples began to increase his lead on lap two, Correa settled back with the rest of the pack and would come through the halfway point of the race at 2:08-2:09.