The 4th installment of the Kentucky Dream Mile will take place this evening at St. Xavier High School in Louisville. Both winners from last year are back to defend their titles. The action will get started at 8 PM.
Assumption Junior won last year with a 4:59.06 for the One Mile Run. She was coming off a victory at the Eastern Relays in preparation for the Dream Mile. The same holds true this year as Receveur won last week with a 5:04.18. She cruised through 1200m with the pack and then surged through the line pushing her last lap split down to 67 seconds after averaging 78 seconds per lap after three.
She comes in as the favorite with Maggie Allen, sophomore from Sacred Heart as the lead runner chasing. Allen was second at Eastern Relays with a 5:09 making big strides from last year when she was 7th overall in the Dream Mile with a 5:10. The rest of the field comes in with 2013 Outdoor best from 5:12 to 5:19. There should be a rabbit setting the early pace helping the group through 800m. Receveur is the only one in the group that has gone under 5 flat ever; Allen is a legitimate threat to the same. duPont manual senior Cassidy Hale has run 5:01 for the One Mile Run and 1600m run, she was 3rd last year and this is a perfect race for her to break 5 flat. The rest of the field would love in to cross in or around 5:05 – 5:10 if the pace holds true.
Holy Cross senior Jacob Thomson won the Dream Mile last year and is coming off a new PR at the Eastern Relays in the One Mile with a 4:06.98. This time stands as the fastest time ever ran by a Kentucky high school athlete. Thomson is the clear choice to win, the time is the question. Last week he had a loaded field with two other running faster than 4:09 to help push him. Thomson came through the 400m in under 60 seconds in the lead even with a rabbit. If that pace holds the same at the Dream Mile and the group goes with him this race could produce some monster times.
The next group is still loaded with Butler junior Patrick Gregory and teammate senior Tretez Kinnaird, along with Lexington Catholic senior Nicholas Laureano. The last lap will be key for this group as last year Gregory and Tretez kept pace with Thomson till the end for 2nd and 3rd place at 4:14 and 4:15. Laureano has a PR of 4:18 and has the end speed to hang as he outkicked the Butler duo at the Brother Borgia Invitational in 2012. Look for the rest of the field to hover south of 4:20 -4:25.