Track Preview 2020: Top 2B Girls Distance Runners

Welcome to a new era of 2B girls track and field. With the majority of the girls on this list being underclassmen, we will get to know their names for the next three or four years and learn who reigns the best among the small schools. Let's meet the top 2B girls distance runners for the 2020 track season.

Keeley Brooks, Liberty Bell

Logo courtesy of Liberty Bell High School.

Keeley Brooks brought her best at the 2B state track meet last spring in the 800 and 1,600 meter races. Brooks ran a personal best time of 2:29.18 in the 800 meter preliminaries to advance to the finals where she went on to place eighth, and then ran a personal best 5:37.54 in the 1,600 meter to place 10th. In the fall, Brooks finished 50th at the 1B/2B state cross country meet running 22:12 and was a member of the Mountain Lions second place team finish. Look for Brooks to place in the top eight at state track again in the 800 meter and also make an appearance on the podium in the 1,600 meter.

Mya Edwards, Kettle Falls

Mya Edwards. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

You only get so many chances to make a good first impression and Mya Edwards took full advantage of this opportunity as a freshman in track. Last spring, Edwards finished sixth in the 3,200 meter running a personal best time of 12:08.53, and finished ninth in the 800 meter preliminaries missing finals by one spot running 2:29.48, three seconds off her personal best of 2:26.8. Ran the 1,600 meter only two times last year and a ran personal best time of 5:54. In the fall, Edwards went from placing 15th her freshman year to fourth her sophomore year running a time of 19:53.2, three seconds off her season best mark of 19:50.1 from the district meet the week before. Edwards gets back to the state meet this spring in the 800 and 3,200 meter, but also the 1,600 meter too. She is more than capable of running 5:30 or faster in the 1,600 meter, and if she does, I see her placing at state in all three events.

Gabby Martin, Life Christian

Gabby Martin. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Gabby Martin took the state of Washington by storm as a freshman last spring with a very impressive first year of track and field. The transfer from the great nation of Australia qualified for the 2B state track meet in three events and placed top three in all of them with personal best times. Martin was third in the 800 meter running 2:21.49 and second in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races running 5:11.57 and 11:23.64. She was also a member of Life Christian's seventh place 1,600 meter relay team at state. In the fall, Martin took home her first ever state championship title in her young career running a dominating time of 17:57.5 at the 1B/2B state cross country meet, finishing by almost 90 seconds than the second place finisher. Ran a personal best time of 17:32.8 at the district meet the week before state. Martin is the best at this level and will be the best for the next three years, but what is she capable of when she goes up against larger school competitors such as Glacier Peak, North Central, Camas, and other notable names? Look for her to continue her success winning three more state titles this spring at the 2B ranks.

Selena Niemi, Rainier

Logo courtesy of Rainier High School.

Two podium finishes at the 1B/2B state cross country meet in your freshman and sophomore years are good signs for what's to come this spring for Selena Niemi. Starting the season off at 20:30 in the 5,000 meter, Niemi dropped her time down by almost a minute when she reached the district meet running a personal best time of 19:37.5, and then the following week ran 20:38.9 for her 12th place finish at state. Although Niemi didn't qualify for state in an individual event last track season, she was a member of the second place 1,600 meter relay team for Rainier. Her individual personal best times are 2:35.1 in the 800 meter, 5:38.87 in the 1,600 meter, and 12:54.2 in the 3,200 meter. With Rainier competing in the toughest district in the state for 2B, Niemi needs to hit qualifying times in order to make it the to state meet in Cheney.