Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The Cinderella Effect: Trapp or Streich

Call it the Cinderella Effect with a track twist.  "Mirror, Mirror on the wall.  Who is the fastest one of all?"  For the last few years at least that is what the 800 meter runners of Class A and AA were asking after the MSHSL Outdoor Track Championships.
Lucas Trapp winning the Class AA Title.
Photo by Gene Niemi

By time Elk River's Lucas Trapp, the AA champion gets the nod with his 1:50.80 winning time at the State meet.  Class A champ Shane Streich ran 1:51.47, but that was in the prelims.  And he only did that to get a USATF junior nationals qualifying mark.

Trapp was hoping to get a chance to race Streich at this year's Hamline Elite Meet, but Streich ran the 3200 instead of 800 at the meet.  Unless they both meet at the US Junior Championships, the question will go unsettled.  AA 800 runner-up Christopher Trotter of St. Louis Park had another idea.  "If we got (Farmington's Justin) Hyytinen and Streich we could have a Minnesota (4 by 400) relay team...We could beat college teams."

Streich finishing the Class A 800 Prelim. Photo by Gene Niemi

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