In winning the 3,200-meter run in 8:52.73, Schoppe joined the sub-9 minute club for the two-mile event. His time was not only 11 seconds faster than his state-qualifying — and then-state best 9:03, which he ran at the April 27 regional meet, he also eclipsed his personal best and was two seconds off the state record.
Not to mention, Schoppe's time in the 3,200 is the 12th fastest in the nation.
"I have never seen a high school athlete run a negative split the way he did in the 3,200," head track coach Zach Johnson said. "His first mile was 4:35 and second mile was 4:17 with a 58-second last lap. That was unreal."
Schoppe won gold on the same track a year ago with a 9:09.26 time. He beat the runner-up and third place runners by eight and nine seconds, respectively.
Silver in the 1,600
In one of the closest races of the meet, Schoppe grabbed the state runner-up position in the 1,600-meter run, finishing a mere six-tenths of a second behind the winner, at 4:07.47. His time was the fifth-fastest in the U.S. for 2019.
"The 1,600 race was just as exciting," Johnson said. "While he may not have won the race, he definitely made it what it was. He led from start to almost finish, which is exceptionally surprising given that they had already raced earlier that day."
In the same event at the 2018 state meet, Schoppe placed eighth with a 4:27.28.