Interview with Marys Institute Country Day School (MICDS) junior Amos Bartlesmeyer at the 2012 John Burroughs School Skippy Keefer Relays, Saturday, April 7. Amos joined elite company last May by running a sub 4:20 1600 as a sophomore. Amos had a strong day for the Rams Saturday. Bartelsmeyer ran the 2nd leg (400m) of the Rams winning distance medley relay that clocked an 11:09h. Batlesmeyer also captured victory in the 3200 with a 9:51.0h. The MICDS boys finished 2nd in the team standings to host John Burroughs. Bartelsmeyer had a great 2011 Class 3 State Track Meet as a sophomore. He placed 3rd in the 1600 in 4:17.11 behind Daniel and David Everett. Later on Day 1 of the meet, Bartelsmeyer qualifed for the 800 finals with a 6th place prelims finsh. He started Day 2 by anchoring MICDS to a runner-up finish in the 4x800 in 8:02.5 behind only the Everett brothers led Westminster Christian squad. Amos capped the meet with a 3rd place finish in the 800 final with a 1:56.00. Bartelsmeyer scored 14 points for the Rams who tied Jennings for the 4th place trophy. Bartelsmeyer's sub 4:20 1600 meters as a sophomore put him in a rare club joining recent Missouri standouts Daniel Everett of Westminster Christian's 4:14.01 and Caleb Hoover of College Heights Christian's 4:15.07, both in 2009, among others. After so much success it was clear to Bartelsmeyer than it was time to commit to running full time and give up soccer, like others including Kyle Rood, who gave up soccer to run full time which led to three individual state titles, two straight cross country state titles, and a runner-up state track team finish at Ft Zumwalt South High School for Coach Paul Enke. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7GpoMkZ_p8&list=UU_ozwWhwRpRyLl6sXnpFISQ&index=13&feature=plcpBartelsmeyer's first high school cross country season was a great success. A 1st place finish at the District championships helped give MICDS a 1 point team victory over Ladue at Jefferson Barracks. A week later Bartelsmeyer took 4th at the Class 3 State Meet helping the Rams to a 3rd place team trophy. Bartelsmeyer will look to follow Daniel Everett in qualifying for the Adidas Grand Prix Jim Ryun Dream Mile. He'll try to win the 1600 at the Kansas Relays in two weeks and break 4:09 to earn the trip. Also, Bartlesmeyer will look for his first state title in May and will try to help the Rams earn another State trophy.
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