Wilson runs nation’s fastest 3,200

Monday, February 11, 2019
Craig Jordan indicates his approval of the performance of Miles To Go runner Emma Wilson of Greencastle.
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GENEVA, Ohio — Greencastle High School senior Emma Wilson dominated the prestigious MileSplit/SPIRE Scholastic Showcase running event on Sunday at the SPIRE Institute, recording a personal best in winning the 3,200-meter run and setting a meet record.

Wilson was running with the “Miles to Go” club from Greencastle at the meet, which featured runners from several different states.

“Miles to Go” coach Craig Jordan was thrilled with the outcome of the event, which he said was part of training for an even bigger meet coming up in March.

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“The goal for the MileSplit Showcase was to get a quality racing experience in preparation for New Balance Indoor Nationals,” Jordan said. “We knew there’d be a lot of competition and depth as this meet was slated to be special based on the heat sheets and results from last year.”

Jordan noted the venue is unique in that it is a 300 meter-track, unlike other indoor tracks (normally 200 meters) on which Wilson normally runs.

“It will most likely host the Big10 Conference meet during her collegiate career [at Illinois],” Jordan said.

Wilson also placed fifth in her first 1,600-meter race of the season, running a time of 4:58.28.

“She came back within an hour or so to win the 3,200 in 10:27.53, which is a personal best,” Jordan noted.

“Not only is it her personal best, but it lowered the meet record by seven seconds, and is currently the fastest time in the United States for high school girls.”

Jordan said Wilson used a similar strategy in both races.

“She’s very confident at the [3,200-meter] distance, and even more so at longer distances, and it showed as she took the race out just as fast she did for 1,600 meters,” he said. “As for the remainder of indoors, we’re contemplating a competitive mile race and/or a nice training block prior to going to New York [March 8-10] for what will easily go down as the most competitive race of her high school indoor track career.”

Wilson is a five-time state champion at Greencastle High School who decided to forego her senior track and field season after Jordan was placed on administrative leave late last year by the Greencastle Community School Corporation.