Brooks PR Invitational

Is Cooper Lutkenhaus The Second Coming Of Michael Granville?

Is Cooper Lutkenhaus The Second Coming Of Michael Granville?

A first-year half-miler from the state of Texas is absolutely destroying former national-class marks.

Jun 13, 2024 by Cory Mull
Is Cooper Lutkenhaus The Second Coming Of Michael Granville?

The fresh-MAN keeps getting faster. 

Just how fast can Cooper Lutkenhaus get in 2024? 

That's the question after the Justin Northwest High School athlete shattered his own freshman national record on Wednesday at the Brooks PR Invitational, clocking an insane 1:47.58 for 800 meters to win over the field inside Renton Memorial Stadium. 

That's now Lutkenhaus' third assault on the record. He has run times of 1:49.84 and 1:49.02 previously at the UIL Texas State Championships and the RunningLane Track Championships. Brandon Miller, a former national-class star who owned the freshman mark until this year at 1:49.87, last set the record in 2017.

Aurora Central Catholic graduate Patrick Hilby, a University of Oregon signee, was second in a new best of 1:47.92. Lutkenhaus and Hilby were the only athletes under 1:48 on the day. 

With three more national championships on the horizon this week, Lutzkenhaus may have one more race in him. But while the Texan was the biggest headline on Wednesday, plenty of action was worthy of recognition: 

  • In a field that included heavy-hitters like Jane Hedengren, Elizabeth Leachman and Addison Ritzenhein, it was actually Allie Zealand who stole the show in the girls 2-mile, clocking a new outdoor national record of 9:41.76. Hedengren also went under the former mark in 9:48.77, while Isabel Allori was third in 9:50.70 and Leachman was fourth in 9:52.30
  • Butler's Drew Griffith has been one to make headlines in 2024, too, and he continued that form, hitting his final four laps with increasing pace as he won the boys 2-mile in 8:31.46. He sped away from the field over the second half, while Patrick Koon closed down over the last lap and finished second in 8:34.82 and Nathan Neil was third in 8:36.73.
  • Denver native Karamoko Sacko took top honors in the boys 110mH, clocking a win by two-tenths in 13.31 over Anthony Waterman (13.51) and Drew Dillard (13.56).
  • Sadie Engelhardt ran away from her competition in the girls 800m, winning in 2:03.99, while Normal Community's Allison Ince was second in 2:05.52 and Olivia Cieslak was third in 2:05.71.
  • Greensboro, North Carolina native Dana Wilson dropped an impressive win in the girls 100m, taking down the field in 11.23 seconds. That staved off Fort Myers resident McKenzie Travis, who was second in 11.26.

FloTrack Is The Streaming Home For Many Track And Field Meets Each Year

Don’t miss all the track and field season action streaming on FloTrack. Check out the FloTrack schedule for more events.

For More On The FloSports Network, MileSplit Has You Covered

You can find full high school track and field coverage on MileSplit, including stories, meet coverages, rankings and more.

FloTrack Archived Footage

Video footage from each event will be archived and stored in a video library for FloTrack subscribers to watch for the duration of their subscriptions.

Join The Track & Field Conversation On Social