Alex Miley of Maple Grove easily won the 2A boys' 3,200-meter race. Photo: Shari L. Gross • firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether competing against an envisioned ghost or two evenly matched competitors, distance runners Alex Miley and Lauren Peterson found success in their different motivational methods.
Their victories in the 3,200-meter races kicked off Friday’s Class 2A state meet at Hamline University.
Miley, a senior at Maple Grove, said he studied last year’s race and modeled his aggressive approach after Wayzata’s victorious Jaret Carpenter. On laps three and four, Miley increased his pace, hoping to rattle his opponents.
It worked. He ran unchallenged from there and won by almost 11 seconds in a time of 9 minutes, 10.82 seconds.
“I did that in conference and section races, too, and it worked out,” said Miley, who will run at Duke next season. “I just had to do it to a higher degree at the state race.”