SHORELINE, Wash. — As the pack came around the final curve, Billings Senior grad Dawson LaRance came charging down the backstretch of the track from fourth position to win the boys 800 at the Brooks PR Invitational in 1:50.98 on Saturday.
Among the competitors he chased down was Reed Brown of Southlake, Texas, who is just the 10th high school boy to ever break four minutes in the mile.
"I gave it all I had that last 200," LaRance told FloTrack's Billy Cvecko after the race. "It was incredible. I kicked as hard as I could and it felt great."
Brown finished second in 1:51.01 and freshman Brandon Miller (St. Louis) rounded out the podium in 1:51.91.
LaRance has committed to run for the University of Minnesota.
Kalispell Glacier's Annie Hill also ran to defend her 2016 mile title. After the field went out slowly in the first two laps, Hill took the lead. She built a gap on the rest of the field in the last lap, but with about 100 meters to go was chased down by Anna Gibson of Jackson, Wyoming.
Hill finished fourth in 4:46.18. Gibson won in 4:43.77. Allie Schadler of Rio Rico, Arizona, (4:44.03) and Lexy Halladay of Meridian, Idaho, (4:44.24) rounded out the podium.