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Jul 28-Aug 4, 2018

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Workout Wednesday: Brandon Miller AAU Junior Olympic Games Prep

Jul 27, 2018

Brandon Miller has been in the national spotlight since a very young age and has yet to leave it. He will be one of the top athletes to watch at AAU Jr. Olympics as he competes in the 800, 1500, 4x400, and 4x800 for Ultimate Speed Academy (St. Louis, MO). 

We caught up with Brandon back in May as he prepared for the sectional and state meets with John Burroughs High School. Revving up for titles in the 800, 1600, and 4x400, we watched as he completed a stellar 8x150m workout with 2:00 rest in between reps. His brother, Derrick "DJ" Miller, joined him for the first four reps. 

Related: Brandon Miller's Similarities To World's Best 800 Runners

Miller averaged 18.65 for the 150s which equates to a 24.87 200. His slowest reps came on his second attempt -- 19.1 (25.47) -- and his fastest came in his final rep -- 17.6 (23.47). He finished off the day with hurdle drills and a core routine. 

That weekend, he would go on to run 1:51.82 and 4:25.88 in the 800 and 1600, respectively, at Class 3 Sectional 1 and personal bests of 1:49.55 and 4:23.00 at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Track and Field Championships, adding a 46.89 anchor split for the silver medal in the 4x400. 

Since then, Miller has earned gold medals at the Festival of MilesBrooks PR Invitational, and AAU Region 15 Qualifier in the 800. A victory in the 800 at this year's Junior Olympics would be his ninth straight. He also breezed to victory in the 1500 and will look to win his eighth straight AAU Junior Olympics Championship in the event this weekend. 

Related: The 2018 AAU Junior Olympic Games Distance Preview

After forgoing his sophomore cross country campaign and playing basketball for his John Burroughs Bombers, Miller's season got started later than most of his competitors, but he spoke about that decision post-workout. 

Look for Miller to continue to rewrite the record books this weekend as he chases after more age group national and world records in the 800, 1500, 4x400, and 4x800. All of the coverage from AAU Junior Olympics can be seen LIVE on FloTrack. 

Camera: Kane Katubig
Editing: Bryan Deibel
Article: Kyle Deeken