The high school track season is just around the corner but there's already plenty of buzz surrounding Lake Oswego's Elijah Greer. The defending state champion in the 1500 meters recently attended the Husky Classic at the University of Washington after receiving an invitation to compete against collegiate runners.
He went up to the indoor track expecting to turn in a fast race in the 800 meters and ended up posting the fastest prep time in the nation this year in the process. Greer ran a 1:52.66 and came in fourth in his quick heat against opponent from Division I schools.
'I didn't initially see the time. I wasn't too surprised. I had mentally prepared the race in my head. I'm just glad I got my goal,' Greer said.
Leading up to the event, his coach was simply wanting Greer to finish under 1:55 but let the runner know that he had the potential to get under 1:53.
Surprisingly, the time wasn't a personal record for Greer in the 800. The race was a terrific experience for the dedicated runner who got to be elbow-to-elbow with some of the top college athletes in the country.
'It was definitely exciting. The college guys are all developed and really competitive,' Greer said.
Greer actually led the race through 500 meters before he was passed and the steep indoor track made it difficult for him to work his way back up to the front.
The quick time gives Greer some momentum heading into the high school track season. He has been training year-round and hopes to be strong enough to compete well in the 800 and 1500 this season while also running in the 3000 periodically.
'If I can do both that would be ideal. I'm not really sure where I stack up with the rest of the state in the 800 yet,' Greer said.
But, most importantly, Greer just wants to keep improving his times as the season progresses and ultimately make a return to Hayward Field in Eugene.
'More than anything I just want to keep hitting PRs because that's what you work for each season,' Greer said.