Zach Charbonnet Runs a 50.11 400 Meters, Earns Silver

Submitted by SkyPanther on June 24th, 2018 at 9:21 PM

On April 7, 2018, at the Arcadia Invitational (near Los Angeles), Zach Charbonnet ran a 50.11 400 meters, and placed second, earning Silver. (The winner ran a 49.97)

Arcadia Invitational LINK:

Link to video of race:


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Photo: Oaks Christian Lions twitter





June 24th, 2018 at 9:34 PM ^

I should have had this in the post: His previous best had been 50.65. The very high level of competition at the Arcadian Invitational brought a higher level out of him.


June 25th, 2018 at 9:41 AM ^

If 50.11 finishes second - it isn't a "very high level of competition", especially in a state like California.

Over 1,500 high school runners ran faster in the 2018 outdoor season.

Michigan had over 30 HS runners go faster.


Which is why him finishing 13th, in the slowest of the 3 400m races, makes sense. He ran in the "open" race - which was all the people whose qualifying marks didn't get them invited to the "invitational" race.


June 24th, 2018 at 11:40 PM ^

He's big and fast and I love it that he's coming to UM, but I don't think he got second overall. This results page shows him coming in 13th, just like the video:



June 25th, 2018 at 11:41 AM ^

I'd say that in general the fact that he's running the 400m, and not the 100m - indicates he isn't all that "track fast".

You'll have a hard time finding 400m times for any running backs - because they are almost all 100m/200m guys.

He's an 11.3 100m guy - which is pretty fast for his size, but nothing insane. Ziggy Ansah ran 10.9 at 6'6", 260 lbs.





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June 25th, 2018 at 3:06 AM ^

Great time ! I just started running the 400 for fun and so far I can;t break 1:00. Best time so far is 1:01. But my goal is 55 seconds by end of summer !


June 25th, 2018 at 9:16 AM ^

Not bad. Additional qualifying standard in Michigan (Div 1) is 50.50 s. If I recall correctly, this is determined using the average 8th place finish at the state meet over the past 5 years.

The state champ will probably break 48.

When I was in HS, we had a guy run a similar 400 time. He went to Ferris State to return kickoffs (and kick them too). Not that straight line speed is how we measure how good a football player is.


June 25th, 2018 at 9:32 AM ^

The 400 is not a good measure of football speed for a running back but it is a gawdawful distance to race and is a great measure of heart. Bottom line is that this kid is a helluva running back with all the attributes for potential greatness. His classmate (Thibodeaux) tweeted "Heisman???"  at him following his commitment...and I agree with his potential in this regard. This kid is really good.


June 25th, 2018 at 10:59 AM ^

"The 400 is not a good measure of football speed for a running back."

I ran the half-mile and mile relay in HS a billion years ago and based on that experience I think you're on solid ground in saying that using the 400 as any kind of benchmark for a football player is nuts, especially when you consider that the vast majority of carries any RB makes at the collegiate level are for less than 10 yds. For a pure football guy as big as Charbonnet is, 50.11 is pretty damn good.