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Daniel Vertiz Emerges
Written by: Dan Empfield
Date: Mon Apr 09 2012
On the list of entrants for the 3200 meters this Saturday past, at the Arcadia Invitation, was Daniel Vertiz. The Arcadia meet is the premier high school track invitational, and the 3200 (roughly 2 miles) contained all the best high distance runners in America. That included Tony Smoragiewicz, the other youth triathlete at the top of America's distance running depth chart (Smoragiewicz would lead the Arcadia race for several laps before fading near the end, but still posted a fantastic time of 8:57).
Vertiz ran 8:59 for 2 miles indoors while winning the Brooks PR Invitational in February. This meet is considered the premier gathering of preps indoors. Most of America's fastest high schoolers were there, including Smoragiewicz, who finished 5th in 9:04).