Del Oro track star Cathilyn McIntosh reigns in SeattleBy: Mike Ray, Staff Writer
SEATTLE – The moniker for the Brooks PR National Invitational Track and Field meet is “Fastest of the Fastest.”
Friday night here at Shoreline Stadium competing in the Brooks PR girls 800 meters, Del Oro High’s Cathilyn McIntosh didn’t come up with a personal best but her effort was still good enough to outrun a star-studded nationally ranked field.
McIntosh, fresh off running the nation’s second fastest 800 time of 2:05.22 in winning last week’s CIF State Championship meet, ran her second fastest time ever on Friday in clocking a winning 2:06.50.
But unlike her win in the CIF state meet, McIntosh’s victory on Friday didn’t come easy.
Running against state champions from Oregon, Arizona, Ohio and Texas, McIntosh sat in 6th place with 200 meters to go before forging to the lead with 110 meters remaining and winning with a sprint down the stretch.
“The first lap pace (61.0) was fine for Cathilyn and she was right where she wanted to be,” said Del Oro coach Dustin Fee. “But she kind of got boxed in coming round the turn and I knew it would probably come down to the last 110.”
And it did.
Getting a charge on the outside, McIntosh was able to get past leader Morgan Foster of Chandler, Arizona and Brooke Hanson of Eastlake Prep of Seattle to pull away with about 50 meters to go.
“She ran a great race,” said Fee. “It was a little cooler up here and there was a threat of rain but all in all a very good way to end the season.”
All total, seven runners ran better than 2:10 on Friday.
Hanson (2:017.16) finished in second place while Foster, the Arizona state champion, was third in 2:08.38.
In a race twist, Sami Corman of Issaquah, Washington, who will be a teammate of McIntosh’s next season at Georgetown University, finished in fourth place at 2:08.98.
Amai Block of Athens Academy in Athens, Georgia was fifth in 2:09.34 while Envaeva Michelin of Evanston Township in Illinois was sixth in 2:09.34.
Baily Goggins, the Texas 5A champion from Marble Falls, was seventh in 2:09.23 and Ohio state champion Madison Martinez of Lincoln was eighth in 2:19.23.
In a post race interview conducted by Brooks PR media, McIntosh noted that she didn’t change from her regular practice schedule in preparing for Friday’s race.
“Coach kept me on my regular practice schedule and I think that really helped,” said McIntosh. “With about 250 yards to go I was a little scared and after that the last part was just a blur.”