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Stick with the 400 and dedicate yourself to it. High school track is really fun, especially if you are good at it. Your 25 time in the 200 indicates that you might not be explosive enough for short distance and field events but that 400 time is pretty impressive as a sophmore. Plus I think 400 is a lot more fun than a 800 or mile. I think more people watch the 400 and 4x4 than they do the mile too. Good luck!
Yeah I always loved watching the 100,200,400, 4x1, 4x4. I wasnt explosive enough for sprints so I stuck with the jumps where I could just use good form to be good. It was pretty sad for the distance runners because everyone just left to get food during the 1 mile and 2 mile haha.
I have to say, I find it funny that you guys were concerned about winning meets. Our mid-distance and long-distance runners were so good (I think our entire XC team ran/is running on scholarship at various TX schools and like 2-3 of our 400 runners run collegiate level) that we never had to worry about losing. Everyone was more concerned about making regionals haha.
Well I can't offer much advice for track, so all I really dcan conrtibute is this. If its a short race, run really, really fast. If its a medium race run really fast, then even faster. If its a long race, keep the pace, push the pace, then blow them out of the water (so to speak). Just keep training as hard as you can, and you will improve...
Just keep working as hard as you can man. My sophomore year I was extremely slow. I ran a 13.0s 100 and polevaulted 8 feet. THen my junior year I shaved off and entire second from my 100 and ran 12.0 consistently and vaulted 10'6". My senior year i was running an 11.7 and vaulting 13'6". It's all about how much time you put in. Best of luck man.