South Lakes sophomore Alan Webb took second in the boys mile in today's Foot Locker outdoor championships, but in doing so he eclipsed a first-rate legend.
Webb broke a 36-year-old national record for a sophomore in the event. Webb finished in 4 minutes 6.94 seconds, 2.16 seconds behind Brendan Mahoney of Georgia, who won in 4:04.78 at Paul Derr Track at North Carolina State University. Jim Ryun had set the sophomore record of 4:07.8 in 1963.
When asked what he knew of Ryun, Webb said, "I know he's the greatest high school miler in history. But maybe that will have changed by the time I'm a senior."
Webb was one of several Washington area athletes competing for national titles at the two-day meet that did not conclude until late tonight.
Northwestern High's James Graham was a multiple winner for the Hyattsville school. He ran the anchor leg for the Wildcats' victorious 4x800 meter relay team Friday night and returned today to win the 400 intermediate hurdles in a meet-record 51.13 seconds.
Less than an hour later, Graham finished third in the 400 in 46.88 seconds, just .63 behind winner Sanjay Ayre of New York. In the evening, he anchored Northwestern's 4x100 relay team to a national championship.
West Springfield's Nick Welihozkiy placed second in the discus Friday and second in the 12-pound hammer throw today. Centreville's Faith Rein had a tight race with Chantilly's Alyssa Aiken in the girls 400, holding off Aiken to win by .22 in 53.77.
Rein did not expect to win -- she had attended the prom the night before.
"I stayed out pretty late last night," said Rein, who will run for the University of Florida.
"I didn't want to miss the prom. And then I had to get up early and drive down here. My stomach wasn't feeling too well when it was time for the race to start. I don't know if that was from the prom or just nerves. It's an important meet, and I wanted to do well."