New Jersey distance star Joe Barrett ran the second fastest 3K time in NJ high school indoor history at the Scarlet Knight Open at the New York Armory on Saturday.
Barrett, a junior, ran unattached and not for his school (CBA) when he dropped a massive 8:14.09 to place sixth in a race filled with college runners.
Barrett's 8:14.09 is No. 2 in state indoor history behind only the state record of 8:05.46 run that legendary Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict's Prep ran en route to his national indoor record 8:39.15 in the 2-mile when he raced the pros at the 2013 Millrose Games.
The 8:14.09 by Barrett, who hit the 1,600 mark in 4:24.1, converts to 8:50.5 for 3200 and 8:53.62 for 2 miles. His time is the second fastest in the country this winter and places Barrett No. 24 on the U.S. high school all-time indoor list. The only high school runner in the nation faster this season than Barrett is junior Josiah Tostenson of Crater High in Oregon, who ran 8:08.70 at the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle, Washington on Jan. 13.