Track Preview 2020: Top 3A Girls Distance Runners

From all classifications, I believe the 3A girls have the most talented distance runners in the state. With three individual champions and many podium finishers returning from last years state meet, a lot of familiar faces will be on this list.

Geraldin Correa, Kennewick

Geraldin Correa. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Much like former 800 meter 3A state champion and her older brother, Johan Correa, Geraldin Correa has crazy speed and ability to outkick her opponents by a ton. In the fall, she was fifth at the 3A state cross country championships running a new personal best time of 18:09.3, and the year before she was the runner-up behind North Central's Allie Janke. It was tough ending for Correa in the spring last track season as she wasn't able to get out of the preliminary rounds in the 400 and 800 meter races as she finsihed 10th and 11th. Although, in her sophomore year she did very well taking 4th in the 800 meter and 7th in the 1,600 meter. Her personal best times are 57.94 in the 400 meter, 2:12.89 in the 800 meter, and 5:01.34 in the 1,600 meter. Correa will be in contention for the 800 meter state championship because of her speed and what she is capable of as shown from previous track seasons.

Meri Dunford, Prairie

Meri Dunford. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Meri Dunford can do it all both on the track and the basketball court. The three sport athlete was the runner-up last spring in the 1,600 meter 3A state final as she ran a personal best time of 4:54.99, over 10 seconds faster from her sophomore year time. She also was third in the 3,200 meter state final and ran a personal best time of 10:52.21. Dunford had a much improved cross country season dropping her personal best time by 25 seconds to 18:05.5. Placed 10th overall individually at the 3A state meet to earn her a third podium finish in her high school cross country career. I said it in the fall, and I am going to say it again, Dunford is my dark horse for track this upcoming season. With her ability to keep improving and get better as a runner, this decision was a no brainer.

Katherine Forsberg, Bellevue

Katherine Forsberg. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Although Katherine Forsberg only qualified in one event for the 3A state track meet last spring, she laid it on the line and ran at her absolute best. Forsberg ran 11 seconds faster than the week before in the 3,200 meter state final running a time of 10:54.53 earning herself a seventh place medal. She also ran a personal best time in the 1,600 meter running 5:16.13. Realizing she could compete with the state's best runners, this last fall was an incredible final year of high school cross country for Forsberg as she was able to place seventh at the 3A state meet running a time of 18:13.3, which is a second off from her personal best set at the Nike Hole in the Wall Invite. If the trend continues upward, Forsberg is in for a great senior track season. I see her as a top five finisher or better in the 3,200 meter at state.

Erinn Hill, North Central

Erinn Hill. (Keenan Gray/The Runner)

Erinn Hill will go down as one of the more decorative athletes in North Central's cross country history after her final year of track. Will go forth and run for the University of Wisconsin-Madison next fall, Hill has a state medal total of nine between track and cross country. Last spring, Hill made her third state track meet appearance placing fourth in the 1,600 meter running 5:01.94 and second in the 3,200 meter running a season best time of 10:42.73. She was also on the 1,600 meter relay team that placed second. A main contributor to North Central's state championship record breaking performance this past fall at the 3A state cross country championships, Hill was second individually running a time of 18:20.3. Ran a personal best at Nike Hole in the Wall in 17:35.7 earlier. Hill will be a top two finisher in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter state races.

Allie Janke, North Central

Allie Janke. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)