Boys Preview: Franklin Central Flashes Showcase

The annual magical night of competition is just around the corner with the 2024 Flashes Showcase. A couple of days out from the competition the weather looks to be ideal for racing with temps in the upper 50s. A chance of rain will not stop this year from being one of the best groups of boys in recent history.

For the boys there is no shortage of elite entries with several of the best runners in the state set to have the gun fire under the lights at 9:05pm. Last year's champion and meet record holder Martin Barco returns and looks to defend his title after running to a 4:08.94 last year where he would beat Carmel's Kole Mathison. Barco also is coming off an indoor season where he ran a converted 4:04.20 for the 1600m.

This year will be even tougher to get the win with national level talents such as Will Conway and Cameron Todd. Both would have incredible races this past weekend running to the fastest and third fastest 3200m in state history with the duo going 8:41.18 and 8:48.65 respectively. Todd would place third last year at Flashes with a 4:14 mile with Conway close behind in sixth with a 4:15.

Martin Barco would win last year's Franklin Central Distance Showcase with a new meet record.

Tony Provenzano is the next best returner from last year's meet where he ran to a 4:17 to earn a top ten finish. He would focus primarily on the 3200m and 2 mile for the rest of the season. His fastest race would come at the state meet where he would run to the state's 16th fastest time with an 8:54. 

The dynamic duo from Fishers of Matthew Kim and Sam Quagliaroli have the next best times from last year's showcase going 4:18 and 4:20 respectively. Last track season Kim would focus his efforts into the 800m where he would run a 1:52 to be the runner-up at the Hamilton County Championship as well as place 4th at the state meet with a near identical time. Quagliaroli is coming off an impressive XC season and indoor season so far where he would break 15 minutes twice before winning the HSR Large 3200m with a time of 9:08.

A couple of other boys to keep an eye out for are Caleb Winders and Caden Click. Both had incredible outdoor seasons last year. Winders would be the state runner up in the 800m with a 1:52 with Click placing 4th in the 1600m with a 4:10. This indoor season Winders ran a 4:13 during HSR qualifying before being a part of the nation's top indoor 4x800m performance where he would drop an unbelievable anchor split of 1:51.71. Click looks to have been primarily on DMR anchor duties this indoor season and would drop a 4:19 split at the HSR Finals to help Noblesville to a runner-up finish. 

Caden Click holds off Ian Baker for the HCC DMR Title earlier this indoor season.

There are several other boys who will surely also be in contention with an exciting night of competition right around the corner. Race videos, photos, and results will be available after the meet at MileSplit Indiana!