Beck is less than three years removed from recording the nation’s fastest one-mile time as an eighth-grader, and he’s certainly lived up to some high expectations since then.
During his sophomore track season, Beck won a pair of state medals by finishing fourth in the 3,200 meters and fifth in the 1,600.
During his junior cross-country season, he was even better. He captured the Westside Classic championship, and he was the runner-up at the 4A state meet. His time in the latter event was among the top 100 nationally for the year. He’s learning to close out races, because he’s no longer just a long-distance runner.
“There are few who can beat me in a sprint now,” Beck said after the Westside Classic. “It’s something that gives me confidence when I’m out there racing.”