Shoreline, WA - Noah Phillips and Garrett McSheffrey from Northwest Christian of Lacey led the Navigators to three wins this past Saturday, April 13, at the 34th Annual King's Invite at King's High School.
A small school program known for having great distance runners, Phillips and McSheffrey put on a show in the first race of the day in the boy's 1,600 meter.
McSheffrey took the lead out the first lap in 65 seconds with Phillips trailing not far behind coming through in 66 seconds.
On lap two, the pace slowed down to a 69 second lap coming through the first 800 in 2:14-2:15.
But it was lap three that would be the difference maker of the race as both Phillips and McSheffrey would run a negative-split coming through at 65 seconds dropping the competition from them.
Phillips was told by his coach before the race to push the third lap, but not necessarily kick it into full throttle since they did have another lap to go.
"I thought we would naturally slow it down," said Phillips. "But our coach said, 'No, I want you to negative split it.' So, it was a big move and he said that's how you run fast miles."
With 450 meters, Phillips made a move past McSheffrey, but the lead was taken back by McSheffrey with under 300 meters to go.
It would come down to the final 200 meters and a loud Navigator tent that pulled both of them through all the way to the finish line as this was going to be a photo finish.
"Our team tent was right at the 200 and the rockwall where a couple guys were sitting, and I could hear everybody cheering for us just saying, 'go guys go, this is where is matters'," said Phillips.
"With 180 to go, I made a big move. I really wanted to get around him, but it was good. It was hard, but when I made the move, it was the right time to make it."
Phillips crossed the finish line as the 1,600 champion in a personal best time of 4:25.99, and McSheffrey finished second, also running a personal best time of 4:26.81.
At the end of the day, it was a total team effort between the two since they both pushed each other to run their best times ever.
Pope John Paull II's brother duo Kobe and Caden Deutscher finished third and fourth in the 1,600 running 4:34.24 and 4:39.96. Caden's time is a new personal best.
Phillips would come back to the track in a few short hours and win the boy's 3,200 meter running 10:08.3.