Sunday was a big day for Kamiakin senior Anthony Armstrong.
The next several months are likely to be even bigger.
Armstrong, the defending state champion in the 1,600 and 3,200, recorded the No. 1 high school indoor time in the nation in the men's open 3,000 meters at the Washington Husky Classic/UW Indoor Open at the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle.
Armstrong finished fourth in 8 minutes, 33 seconds, but his time was more than 5 seconds better than the previous high school best of 8:38.92, set by Matt McClintock of Madison, Maine. He also topped his personal best of 8:33.46, set last spring at the Kiwanis meet in Hermiston.
"When you go up against college guys, it's always tough. Most of them are a level up, and it's quite the challenge," Armstrong said. "You're going into the race not really knowing anybody. You have to go with the flow and hopefully not race bad."
Armstrong said he was planning to PR from the beginning, but he wasn't exactly sure how fast the pace would be. Pretty fast, as it turned out. Dylan Haight of the University of Victoria won the race in 8:24.99.
"I wanted to hang on with the fast guys, and when they started to pick up the pace, I'd just go with them," Armstrong said. "With two laps to go I wanted to take the lead, but I couldn't. They were really strong."
The Braves' distance standout also made a big decision about his future, making a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State University.
"It was between Syracuse and Oklahoma State," he said. "I'm pretty excited. I'm just waiting for the coach to send the stuff to sign."
Armstrong is also excited about his next big race, the Brooks PR Invitational indoor meet on Feb. 27, an event that also happens to be at Dempsey Indoor facility in Seattle.
"It's a national race with just high schoolers. There's people coming from all over the country. I had a pretty big PR on Sunday. I'm hoping for another," said Armstrong, who believes he has a good shot at winning. "I felt good about how I ran (Sunday). I did the best I could that day. It was a really nice, hard workout and a good step to start the indoor season."