Junior AJ Green competed in the 800m at the prestigious Brooks PR Invite in Seattle, Washington this weekend against some of the nation’s top high school talent. AJ approached the race with a different tactical style than he has employed while racing within Minnesota throughout this spring. Rather than going straight to the front and leading, AJ tucked into second place coming off the first turn of the race and allowed someone else to take up the pace making duties through the first lap. As the athletes came out of the first turn, jockeying for position it was a little crowded with some jostling taking place, but Green was able to defend his position behind the leader. However, with so many talented athletes he was forced to run on the outside shoulder of the leader in lane two to keep the field from passing him. The field came through the 200 in 27 high/28 low, as they made the turn at the start of the second 200, AJ was still on the outside of the leader causing him to have to run slightly more distance. As this is not the ideal position to be in, as AJ passed the 400m mark, in about 56 high/57 low, he took over the lead.
From this point forward AJ (figuratively & literally) never looked back, consistently ramping up the pace to pull away from the field. He injected some pace over the third 200 running another 27 high, before closing the last 200 in a 26 and opening up about an 8-10m lead on the field.
AJ will conclude his domestic season this upcoming weekend when he will compete at the U20 USA Track & Field Championships.
To watch AJ’s race or his post race interview please click on the following link: