April 6th, 2012
Evergreen High School junior, Jackson Sayler, descended from the rarified air of the Colorado Rockies to the oxygen-rich environs of Pasadena, California to capture the South Pasadena High School Tiger Invitational Mile in a personal best 4:23:55.
Sayler, who eclipsed his previous 1600-meters best by a whopping 12-seconds en-route to his mile, worked his way through the field over the first three laps, snuck through a gap left on the inside lane with 400-meters to go, and broke free from the pack down the final backstretch.
In spite of his decisive move and sizeable lead, he twice glanced over his shoulder as he sprinted down the homestretch, but his efforts to find his competition -proved unnecessary as he raced the final 100-meters unchallenged.
“I just tried to relate my race effort to my training,” said Sayler. “I had done some hard speed-work over the past two weeks and I just thought about my training when I made my move. I pretty much knew I could do it.” Sayler had posted his previous best 1600-meters race – 4:33 – earlier this year at the Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho.
Sayler’s Evergreen High teammate Sam Sahli set personal bests in the 1600m(4:42 en route to his mile) and the 3200 (10:28) while Fairview Freshman Colin Crawford set PR’s in the 1600 (4:51) also en route to his mile and 800-meters (2:10). The mile is approximately 9 meters longer than the 1600-meter race.
Fairview sophomores Rich Sanchez (Mile) and Zane Jeffress (400-meters) will join Evergreen High’s Maura O’Brien (Mile) in pursuit of personal bests at the Arcadia High School Invitational on Saturday.