15 state meets. That's what marks the calendar this weekend nationally. Every direction you look on the map you'll see at least one state hosting their final competition of the year. All weekend long MileSplit will bring you the best coverage possible on all 15 state meets, so keep checking back as the results fly in.
State Meet Highlights (5/16 - 5/18)
**State Meet Listed in Alphabetical Order
Colorado State T&F Championships (CO)
Colorado State T&F Champs: Best Coverage (ColoradoRunners.com)
Friday Highlights - So many great results were posted Friday at the Colorado State T&F Championships. Mason Finley (Jr., Buena Vista, CO) continued his impressive outdoor season by winning the 3A boys shot put in 64-09.25. Finley competes in the discus Saturday. Along with Finley's top field event mark came Elizabeth Stover's (Sr., Longmont, CO) third consecutive state pole vault victory in the 4A girls event. Stover just missed her PR of 13-04, while clearing 13-03, winning by a large margin.
In other 2A/3A action, Sam Berggren (Fr., Middle Park, CO) showed once again why she is one of the most versatile freshmen in the country, winning the 3A girls 800m dash in 2:12.70 and leading all qualifiers in the 200m dash with a 25.23 and 400m dash of 55.94. Shaylee Robinette (Crowley County, CO) impressed as well in the girls 2A sprints, leading the charge with a 12.45 100m dash, 25.50 200m dash and 57.85 400m dash. Margaret Weingart (Peak to Peak, CO) ran the fastest 3A girls mark in the 300m hurdles with a 43.96 effort, qualifying to Saturday's final.
In 5A finals, Roman Holmes (Cherry Creek, CO) easily won the boys long jump with a sensational mark of 24-04.75, coming back Saturday to test his skill in the triple jump. Dey Tauch (Thornton, CO) ran agressive in the boys 800m dash and posted the top time in the state this season, winning the 5A title in 1:52.42. Meanwhile in the distance events, Foot Locker finalists Evan Appel (Dakota Ridge, CO) and Bobby Nicolls (Regis, CO) placed 1-2 in the 5A boys 3200m, with Appel edging out Nicolls by a 9:17.84-9:24.81 margin.
The sprints in the 4A/5A sections had some highlight performances as well. Reger Craigo (Arapahoe, CO) ran the fastest prelim time in the 5A 100m dash with a 10.54 effort, while also having the second fastest time in the 200m prelims at 21.38. Craigo sits behind Dominick Roberts (Denver East, CO), who ran 21.36 in the 200m prelims and 48.64 in the 400m prelims. On the girls side, Emily Blok (Conifer, CO) ran the fastest times in the 4A girls sprint prelims with her 11.79 100m dash time and 24.13 200m dash effort. Brianna Patton (Eaglecrest, CO) impressed as well by putting up the top 4A girls 100m hurdle seed of 14.31.
Further final results came in the 4A girls triple jump and 3200m run. Allie McLaughlin (Air Academy, CO) trounced a strong field in the girls 3200m run, being the only runner under eleven minutes by finishing in 10:49.46. Ashley Fanelli (Arvada, CO) had a championship day as well by winning the triple jump in 38-06.75.
5A Preview - Last year, George Washington swept the 5A track titles, putting 19 points on second in the girls' field and 33 points on second in the boys' field. This year the gap has closed considerably.
Although GW is well-represented again this year in the girls' field, the state meet looms near with no clear favorite in sight. Outstanding individuals in the field represent many different teams, but no team seems to quite have the critical mass on outstanding individuals that would make them a clear favorite. Click Here for rest of preview.
4A Preview - Everything about the 4A boys' state track meet points to a colossal showdown between four teams--Sierra, Longmont, Mullen, and Cherokee Trail.
Each of the four teams has a powerful presence on the track and a spotty presence in field events. All four teams have solid relays, with Sierra probably having the strongest set of relays. All four teams are a threat to win at least one or two events. Click Here for rest of preview.
3A Preview - Taking a look at the heat sheets available on the CHSAA web site, one thing is abundantly clear: the wind on the Front Range on Saturday wreaked havoc with the seedings. To a large extent, this is true in every classification, but expect several of Saturday's finalists to have advanced from lanes and seeds that don't normally advance to finals. Click Here for rest of preview.
2A Preview - The more things change, the more they stay the same. That's why you see Lyons, Akron, Sangre de Cristo, Rocky Ford, and Limon on the list of contenders for a state championship (boys and/or girls) in 2A once again this year. Click Here for rest of preview.
Delaware State T&F Championships (DE)
Weekend Highlights - The state might be small, but the Delaware State T&F Championships came up big this weekend. The Dover (DE) boys team put up the top performances on the boys side, while Nikko Brady (Charter School of Wilmington, DE) and the girls of Tatnall (DE) proved best on the girls side.
Dover showed their strength by winning the 4x400m relay and 4x800m relay in dominating fashion. The squads were paced by Kevaughn Carter and Matt Coston, who both earned individual victories as well. The squad's 4x400m relay won in an excellent time of 3:22.79, with their 4x800m relay taking first in 8:01.28. Meanwhile, Carter earned individual gold in the 110m hurdles with his 14.40 time, while Coston earned double gold by winning the boys 1600m run in 4:22.57 and 800m run in 1:57.28.
In girls news, Tatnall (DE) dominated the 4x800m relay, winning in 9:25.52, while the squads strong distance runners also placed 1-3 in the 1600m run, led by Juliet Bottorff's 5:08.42 victory. Bottorff also ran well in the 800m dash, placing second with a 2:16.91. Biennea Freeman (Christiana, DE) won the event in 2:13.66.
Nikko Brady's day was the topper. The multi-event sensation won the girls 100m hurdles in 14.29w, then came back to win the long jump with a leap of 18-08.25. Brady also placed third in the 300m hurdles, finishing behind race champion Onya Boyd (DuPont, DE), who won in 44.82.
Hawaii State T&F Championships (HI)
Saturday Highlights - Some big time performances dotted the results of the Hawaii State T&F Championships this weekend, led by none other than Kailea Tracy-Visintainer (Seabury, HI) and Christopher Rainey (Radford, HI). Both athletes showed their incredible leg speed by winning multiple events. Tracy-Visintainer won the girls 100m dash in 12.38, 200m dash in 25.06 and 400m dash in 56.98. Meanwhile, Rainey won the boys 100m dash in 10.89, 200m dash in 21.89, while also leading his team's 4x100m relay to a 42.55 victory and the 4x400m relay to a 3:22.46 win.
Elsewhere, Zhane Santiago (Kakuku, HI) and Javen Correia (Maryknoll, HI) dominated the hurdles. Santiago won both girls hurdles, running to victory in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.12, then coming back to win the longer hurdles in 46.22. Correia dominated in similar fashion by cruising to a 14.60 110m hurdle victory and a 39.49 300m hurdle win.
Joey Amescua (Baldwin, HI) showed some speed as well on the track. The middle-distance standout won the 800m dash over a competitive field with a winning time of 1:55.01. While most of the top field event action happened Friday in the prelims, Yasmina Taketa (Kalani, HI) lept 18-05.50 in the girls long jump, one of the top field event marks of the weekend.
Friday Highlights - While most of the finals of the Hawaii State T&F Championships take place on Saturday, some good results occurred on Friday. In the field events Vaioleti Mikaele (Kaimuki, HI) threw 121-08 in the girls discus, winning the event rather easily. In the boys jump events, Trevor Mau (St. Louis, HI) won the triple jump in 43-03.50 and took second in the long jump with a leap of 22-00.75.
Back on the track Javen Correia (Maryknoll, HI) made some noise in the boys hurdle events. Correia clearly established himself as the top hurdler in the state heading into Saturday's finals by earning the top prelim performances of 15.01 in the 110m hurdles and 39.89 in the 300m hurdles. Kailea Tracy-Visintainer (Seabury, HI) impressed on the girls side with top qualifying prelim marks of 57.67 at 400m and 25.93 for 200m. In the distance events, Bailey Massenburg (King Kekaulike, HI) won the girls 3,000m run in 10:47.81.
Illinois Girls State T&F Championships (IL)
Saturday Highlights - While 15 seperate state meets took place this past weekend, perhaps the deepest and most talented of them all was the Illinois Girls State T&F Championships. While great highlights came from Friday's prelims, including incredible throws from Bailey Wagner (Sr., Grant, IL) and Daniella Bunch (Jr., Mahomet-Seymour, IL), Saturday brought even better results.
Two athletes in particular stood out Saturday. Ronecia Nash (Sr., East St. Louis, IL) and Ashley Verplank (Sr., Bloomington, IL) capped their final prep seasons with multiple wins. Nash won an impressive quartet of races, taking the top prize in the 100m and 200m dashes, 100m hurdles and anchored her team to a new state record in the 4x100m relay. Nash won the 100m dash in 11.88, 200m dash in 23.86 and the 100m hurdles in 14.16. Her squad's 4x100m relay time of 46.23 ranks East St. Louis Sr. (IL) in the U.S. top ten of the event.
Meanwhile, Verplank won a tough double by taking home the gold in the 800m dash and 1600m run. Verplank blitzed the field in the 800m dash, winning with one of the top marks in state history with her 2:07.96 effort, also ranking her U.S. #3 in the event. In the 1600m race, Verplank used a strong second half of the race to easily beat the field with a winning mark of 4:54.99. Verplank's distance performances helped mark an excellent day for Illinois girls distance runners, which saw Kristin Sutherland (Sr., Sandburg, IL) win the 3200m run in 10:31.34, while leading seven other girls under eleven minutes, and Stephanie Brown (Jr., Tri-Valley, IL) won the smaller class A 800m title in a class record time of 2:10.96.
While East St. Louis and Nash made waves towards a state title, last year's state champion Barrington (IL) set a new state meet record in the 4x800m relay. The squad ran 9:03 last weekend at their sectional, coming back this time to win in 9:04.14. League rival Conant (IL) placed second in the 4x100m relay with a great mark of 46.47, while also winning the 4x200m relay in 1:38.96, both good enough for U.S. top fifteen rankings.
In other action, Leah Orley (Sr., Benton, IL) guided her class A squad to the team title with big performances in the triple jump, 100m and 300m hurdles. Orley's triple jump performance was perhaps her best of the weekend, leaping to victory in 39-01.25. Elsewhere, Natalie Tarter (Jr., Batavia, IL) started her state meet legacy, by winning the 300m hurdles in a U.S. top ten mark of 42.14, while placing second in the 100m hurdles to Nash in 14.32. Tarter also guided her team to a top five finish in the 4x400m relay.
Friday Highlights - Some great results were posted during the prelim day at the Illinois Girls State T&F Championships Friday. The top highlights came in the field events, led by nationally-ranked throwers Bailey Wagner (Sr., Grant, IL) and Daniella Bunch (Jr., Mahomet-Seymour, IL). Wagner had the top double performance on the day, throwing the top discus mark of the day in 157-08 and having the second best shot put mark heading into the finals with a 48-11.50 effort. Wagner's discus mark moves her up to U.S. #5.
Meanwhile, Bunch topped the shot put field and heads into Saturday's finals with a great mark of 49-01.50. Also, Alex Harden (Fr., Springfield Southeastern, IL) lept the top mark in the girls long jump with a jump of 19-02.25. Harden's mark ranks her in the U.S. top 25. The top track performance came in the girls 4x400m relay with Batavia (IL) cruising through their heat in 3:51.50, the top time in the state this season.
Meet Preview - What a weekend it will be in Charleston, Illinois. The deep and talented female track and field talent will converge on the track at Eastern Illinois University to show just who is the best. The top draw of the weekend actually takes place off the track and in the infield, where shot put throwers Daniella Bunch (Jr., Mahomet-Seymour, IL) and Bailey Wagner (Sr., Grant, IL) go head-to-head. Currently these two are ranked first (Bunch) and fifth (Wagner) in the country. With Bunch already going over the fifty foot barrier, and Wagner less than a foot away, this match-up could be one of the all-time greats in Illinois history.
Along with the shot put dual, East St. Louis (Sr.) senior Ronecia Nash looks to create a little history of her own by winning all four events she's entered in. The defending state 100m and 200m champion looks to repeat in both events, while winning the 100m hurdles and a sprint relay as well. Her squad has a fantastic shot at winning yet another state championship, but defending state champion Barrington (IL) certainly won't go down without a fight. Barrington is loaded in the relays, including their 9:03 4x800m relay from last weekend that is currently ranked U.S. #3.
Others to watch are Toni Graham (Sr., Conant, IL) and Natalie Tarter (Jr., Lockport, IL) in the sprints, Ashley Verplank (Sr., Bloomington, IL) and Stephanie Brown (Jr., Tri-Valley, IL) in the distance events and Shakeia Pinnick (Jr., Waubonsie Valley, IL) in a multitude of events. This 2008 edition of the Illinois Girls State T&F Championships should be one of the best ever as every event is stacked with talent.
Iowa State T&F Championships (IA)
Results: Saturday Full Results
Saturday Highlights - What a weekend it was out in Iowa. With so many excellent results on Friday it was easy to see that Saturday could be equally exciting. Aaron Stockstell (Mid-Pairie, IA) won the boys 800m dash with the fastest time of the weekend and one of the top ten performances of the year in 1:51.17. Stockstell then came back later in the day to show his true speed by winning the 3A 200m dash in 21.96.
Meanwhile in the girls 4A 800m dash, Colette Gnade (Waukee, IA) beat a deep field of competitors by taking home the crown in 2:10.12. Gnade led five other athletes at or under 2:13.09 for one of the fastest 800m fields nationally all season thus far. In the girls 4A 1500m Betsy Flood (Dowling Catholic, IA) won the race in a new state record time of 4:33.76, besting her sophomore sister Katie Flood, who's runner-up time of 4:35.27 gave Dowling Catholic a strong 18 points.
Gnade's Waukee (IA) teammates won the 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay as well in state best times. Their 48.99 effort in the 4x1 easily beat the field, while their 3:54.10 gave them a strong edge as well. Another top female sprinter set another milestone as well, as Faith Burt (Cedar Falls, IA) won the 4A 200m dash in 24.85, nearly eclipsing her state record set two years ago.
In the boys sprints, Jarred Herring (Burlington, IA) won the 100m dash and 200m dash at the 4A level. The senior topped all competitors with his 10.76 100m dash effort and his 21.79 200m time was tops on the day regardless of classification. AG Bradford (Davenport North, IA) came back from a great Friday to win the girls 4A 200m dash as well in 24.85.
Friday Highlights - The Iowa State T&F Championships kept on improving Friday with some monster performances, especially in the girls field events. Hannah Wills (Dike-New Hartford, IA) won the girls high jump with an impressive mark of 5-10.25, a performance that currently ranks her top five in the country. The super sophomore keeps on improving and showing she is one of the top athletes in the country. Meanwhile, Danielle Frere (Muscatine, IA) won the girls shot put with an excellent mark of 46-11.75.
In other action, Brandon Scherff (Denison-Schleswig, IA) won the boys 3A shot put with a mark of 59-05.50, the top performance of the weekend in the event. AG Bradford (Davenport North, IA) showed her skills as well in the girls 400m hurdles, setting a state meet record of 60.82. In the Iowa DMR (which isn't similar to the national DMR), Waukee (IA) beat Dowling Catholic (IA) in the girls 4A DMR, beating DC 4:01.13-4:02.47, as both teams broke the state record. Also, Pleasant Valley (IA) won the boys 4A DMR in 3:26.57, a new state record.
Thursday Highlights - The three day Iowa State T&F Championships kicked off Thursday with some impressive results. Leading the charge were Taylor Freeman (Iowa City West, IA) and Katie Flood (Dowling Catholic, IA). Freeman won the 4A girls discus with a U.S. top ten mark of 156-04, easily winning the event and setting herself up for a big shot put performance on Friday. Meanwhile, Flood won the 3A girls 3,000m run in 9:46.04, just off her best time last year and also helped guide her team's 4x800m relay squad to victory in 9:17.38.
Elsewhere, Aaron Stockstell (Mid-Prairie, IA) and Hannah Willms (Dike-New Hartford, IA) ran the fastest 400m times of the weekend in the 2A championships. Stockstell won the boys race in a blistering time of 47.67 and showed the kind of speed that brought him into the season as the U.S. #3 returnee for 800m. Willms crushed the field in her race by winning it in 54.70, while beating the field by over two seconds.
The top field event mark outside of Freeman's discus throw came in the 3A boys high jump. Colten Kelly (Anamosa, IA) impressed the crowd by clearing 6-11 and just missing jumps over 7-00. Back on the track, Waukee (IA) won the 4A boys 4x800m relay in 7:53.52, leading five other teams under eight minutes in an extremely close race.
Missouri 1A-2A State T&F Championships (MO)
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Nebraska State T&F Championships (NE)
Saturday Highlights - While Emily Sisson (Millard North, NE) continued her winning ways Saturday by beating the fields in the 1600m run in 4:58.49 and the 800m dash in 2:14.15 in the girls class A competition, the top performance of the day came from Brett Maher (Kearney, NE) in the class A boys pole vault. Maher showed why he is one of the top athletes in the heartland at the event by winning with a great performance of 16-02.
Elsewhere on the track, Katie Birkel (Lincoln Southeast, NE) won the class A girls 400m dash in 55.97, while helping guide her team's 4x400m relay to the top relay performance on the weekend, finishing first with a time of 3:53.42. Kianna Elahi (Millard North, NE) impressed as well with a 43.95 victory in the girls 300m hurdles, while Matthew Evers (Bellevue East, NE) won the boys 800m dash in 1:54.73 for the top distance performance and Jonathan Love (Norfolk Classic, NE) won the best boys sprint performance with a 38.87 300m hurdle effort.
Friday Highlights - Emily Sisson (So., Millard North, NE) brought the crowd to their feet with her 3200m performance in the Class A race Friday afternoon. Sisson set a blistering pace early on, breaking the state record with a finishing mark of 10:23.00. Sisson's day was simply phenominal, winning the 800m dash in 2:14.14 and anchoring her squad's 4x800m relay to victory in 9:24.48.
In other Friday action, Katie Birkel (Lincoln SE, NE) ran an impressive 56.14 in the Class A girls 400m prelims, showing she may be the best quarter-miler in the state by nearly two seconds. In the Class A boys shot put, Cole Pensick (Lincoln Northeast, NE) won over a strong field with a winning toss of 57-10.25, a personal best on the season, while Anne Martin (Waverly, NE) nearly broke the state record in the Class B girls high jump, with the junior clearing a height of 5-08 to win the event.
Nevada State T&F Championships (NV)
Saturday Highlights - With so many highlights on the first day of the Nevada State T&F Championships it seemed hard to believe that Saturday would be even more impressive. However, when all the results were entered the truth was just that. Leading the way were a handful of state record performances, with the top race of the day being the boys 800m dash. Joe Abbott (Galena, NV) and Jordan Rincon (Spring Valley, NV) have been rivals all season and in this race they took each other to their limits. Abbott won in a new state record of 1:50.78, beating Rincon's runner-up effort of 1:51.14.
In the boys sprint relays, Hug (NV) won the 4x100m relay in a new state record of 41.53, while Green Valley (NV) ran the fastest time of the year in Nevada by winning the 4x400m relay in 3:18.08. Meanwhile, Joe Bartlett (Bishop Manogue, NV) capitalized on his discus win from the day before to win the shot put in an excellent distance of 60-08.25.
On the girls side, Kayla Sanchez (Carson, NV) won both the 200m dash and long jump. Sanchez easily beat the competition in the 200m dash with her winning effort of 24.21, while winning the long jump in 17-04.25. The top girls relays performance came in the 4x200m relay, which saw Shadow Ridge (NV) upset Western (NV) 1:40.90-1:41.22.
Two other fine performances took place as well, one in the boys 100m dash and the other in the boys long jump. The 100m dash saw Stephen Nixon (Cimarron-Memorial, NV) nip Diante Meyers (Hug, NV) in one of the fastest times ever run in the state, 10.61-10.63. In the triple jump, Darryl Trotter (Foothill, NV) beat Duke Williams (Hug, NV), which saw both athletes come close to breaking the magical fifty foot barrier. Trotter just edged Williams, winning 49-01 to 49-00.
Friday Highlights - The Nevada State T&F Championships got off to a bang Friday. Joe Bartlett (Bishop Manogue, NV) won the boys 4A discus near the state mark with his own performance of 199-08. Finishing in the runner-up position was Tyler Johnson (Bishop Gorman, NV) with a toss of 188-02. In the boys sprints, Garic Wharton (Valley, NV) won the boys 4A 200m dash in a new state record time of 21.10, besting Diante Meyers (Hug, NV), who finished in second in 21.18.
Other top boys performances came in the 4A events. Jordan Rincon (Spring Valley, NV) won the boys 400m dash in 47.82, the top time in the state this year. Terrance Jones (Cimarron Memorial, NV) won the boys 110m hurdles as well in a great time fo 14.36, while Galena (NV) beat a strong field iin 8:01.22 in the boys 4x800m relay. Perhaps the best name of the weekend, sophomore Budweiser Hawkins (Trinity Christian, NV) won the boys 1A high jump with a leap of 6-07.
In the girls 4A action, Kayla Sanchez (Carson, NV) showed why she's one of the best athletes in the state, as the senior won the 300m hurdles in 44.40, while placing second in the 100m dash at 12.12. Tiarra Tyler (Western, NV) won the 100m dash in 12.05.
The dominant force of all the girls results however came from Western High School (NV). The sprint powerhouse won the girls 4A 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. In the shorter event, Western smoked the competition by running a state record of 47.17, coming back later in the day to crush the field once again and won the 4x4 in 3:53.25.
New Mexico 3A-5A State T&F Championships (NM)
Saturday Highlights - More top performances of the New Mexico season came on the last day of the state championships. Curtis Beach (Albuquerque Academy, NM) closed out his great career with a few more victories, placing first in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.31 and 300m hurdles in 38.82, while also placing second in the 200m dash. Beach's teammate Ben Johnson (Albuquerque Academy, NM) closed out his record setting distance career with a win in the 4A 1600m run, placing first in 4:21.76.
In further track action, Skye Barnett (Cibola, NM) won an impressive sprint double in the girls 5A 100m and 200m dash events. The senior ran 12.20 to win the shorter sprint, whie earning victory at 200m in 25.24. Rolando Trammel (Highland, NM) was equally as successful in the 300m and 110m hurdles. In the longer hurdle Trammel ran one of the fastest times ever in New Mexico state history with his 37.29 winning effort. He later came back to win the 110m hurdles in 14.84.
The relays featured an a great double from the Cibola (NM) boys sprint core. The squad won the 5A 4x400m relay and 4x200m relays rather easily. In the 4x4 Cibola won in a great time of 3:19.18, while winning the shorter relay earlier in the day by a time of 1:29.18
Off the track the field events put up just as many highlights. John Mader (Cibola, NM) won the 5A javelin throw with a weekend best toss of 193-01. Manuel Robles (Clovis, NM) was equally as successful in the 5A triple jump with a winning leap of 48-04.75. On the girls side, Alex Membieno (St. Pius X, NM) won the 4A javelin with a leading throw of 141-06, while Chantelle Riddle (Roswell, NM) lept 18-02.50 in the long jump.
Friday Highlights - Some great results marked the day as Friday came to an end. The best performance of the day came from nationally ranked Daniel Gooris (Cibola, NM), who won the 5A pole vault with a fantastic mark of 16-04. Another all-star performance came from multi-event standout Curtis Beach (Albuquerque Academy, NM). Beach won the 4A long jump with a state record mark of 23-01, won the high jump in 6-03 and qualified with the fastest marks of the day in the 110m hurdles (14.24), 300m hurdles (39.37) and 200m dash (21.91).
The top upset of the day came in the 4A boys 3200m run, which saw defending state champion and class record holder Ben Johnson (Albuquerque Academy, NM) lose to fellow senior Kevin Burnett (St. Pius X, NM). Burnett used a strong last 800m to both win the race and set a new record with his winning mark of 9:21.24. Johnson finished second in 9:30.11.
On the girls side, teammates Amber Battle (Cibola, NM) and Skye Barnett (Cibola, NM) finished the day ranked 1-2 in the 100m and 200m dash prelims, heading into Saturday's finals with a lot of momentum. Chantelle Riddle (Roswell, NM) set a new state record in the 4A girls long jump. The junior won with a personal best mark of 18-02.50. In the distances, Rachel Velarde (Eldorado, NM) ran away from a deep field in the girls 5A 1600m run, winning with a time of 5:06.40.
North Carolina 1A / 3A State T&F Championships (NC)
Weekend Highlights - What a weekend it was for Mooresville High School (NC). Heading into the weekend's championships, many in North Carolina thought Mooresville would do well in the 3A competition, however their true dominance showed through a trio of athletes. Jamel Allison (Mooresville, NC) won the boys triple jump and long jump. His triple jump mark of 49-02.50 was wind aided, but his 23-09.50 long jump victory was not. Jack Deaton (Mooresville, NC) won both boys throwing events, tossing 57-03.25 in the shot put and 166-07 for the discus, while Patrick Campbell (Mooresville, NC) won the 1600m run in 4:18.16 and placed second to Ryan Hill (Hickory, NC) in the 3200m run 9:24.80-9:37.21.
Other top male performances came from Danny Allen (Nash Central) and Darryl Williams (White Oak, NC). Allen dominated the boys 300m hurdles, winning with a strong last 100m, taking gold in 37.89. In the flat sprints, Williams ran the fastest times of the weekend in both the 100m and 200m dashes. His 10.53 prelim effort in the 100m was fantastic, while coming back in the 200m dash to win in a wind-aided mark of 21.45.
On the girls side, Kelsey McCorkle (South Central, NC) continued to show why she is one of the best sprinters along the eastern seaboard. The multi-time state champ won the girls 100m dash in 11.83, while dominating the 200m dash in 23.63w. McCorkle also helped guide her squad to victory in the 4x100m relay with a time of 47.24.
Radiance Basden (West Guilford, NC) lept to victory in the triple jump with her top mark of 39-08.50w. Basden's leap was incredibly impressive, beating the rest of the field by over half a foot. Meanwhile, Sophia Treakle (Asheville, NC) pulled off a double victory by winning both hurdle events. Treakle won the 100m hurdles in 14.87, while running a great time in the 300m hurdles as well with a 43.15 effort.
While 3A stole the show, 1A showed some great performances as well. Brandon Thurman (Midway, NC) showed incredible speed and strength by winning both hurdle events. Thurman cruised to victory in the 110m hurdles in 14.32, while running 38.61p for his best time in the 300's. Glasha Covington (Albemarle, NC) scored the best mark on the girls side by winning the triple jump. Covington lept a non-wind aided mark of 38-03.75 to easily win the event.
Meet Preview - Last weekend the 2A and 4A classifications held their state meets at North Carolina A&T University. This weekend the 1A & 3A athletes will compete for team and individual titles. Here's a look at the performance lists for both meets - Click Here for NCRunners.com state information.
Oregon 1A-3A State T&F Championships (OR)
Saturday Highlights - Strong field events and strong sprints topped the highlights from the final day of the Oregon 1A-3A State T&F Championships. The best all-around performances came from Keli Hall (Lakeview, OR) and Jaela Dinsmore (Burns, OR). Hall backed up a strong Friday of performances with victories in the 300m hurdles (47.14), 400m dash (58.07) and a 200m 2A state record (25.99). Meanwhile, Dinsmore dominated the girls 3A competition with state 3A records at 400m (56.98), 200m (25.49) and a big win at 100m in 12.64.
In the field events Beth Stam (Toledo, OR) followed up her impressive Friday with a big win in the girls triple jump with a 37-02 effort. Oregon also offers athletes a chance at the javelin throw and some solid performances came out of that event as well. Leading the way was Nathan Rowlett (Portland Christian, OR) with his toss of 180-01, the top mark on the weekend regardless of classification. Jeremy Kreutzbender (Amity, OR) scored a great double in the hurdles as well with a 40.88 winning effort for the 300m hurdles, while his 15.34 110m hurdle time was enough for victory.
Friday Highlights - While the biggest schools and teams in Oregon start their state meet next weekend, this weekend the 1A-3A schools took part in their Oregon State T&F Championships. Beth Stam (Toldeo, OR) and Keli Hall (Lakeview, OR) led the way in girls events. Stam won the long jump (17-04.50), javelin (133-06) and high jump (5-04) in the 3A competition. Hall turned in impressive performances as well with a new state record of 46.69 in the 300m hurdles, a 58.63 400m qualifier and a state record of 26.08 200m prelim mark. All of Hall's marks also came in the 3A section of the championship.
The top performances in the 2A championships came from Preston Dace (Portland Christian, OR) and Coulter Mastenbrock (Scio, OR). Dace won the triple jump with a state record of 44-02.75. Mastenbrock, only a sophomore, set state 2A records in both the 100m and 200m dashes with his prelim qualifying times of 11.16 and 22.71.
Three athletes dominated the boys 1A championships. Ransom Smith (Gilchrist, OR) won the boys pole vault in a meet record of 14-00, while Kasey McCullough (Dufur, OR) set a 1A record in the shot put with his winning throw of 54-02.50. Ethan Moore (Sherman, OR) meanwhile won the boys triple jump with a 1A record of 44-11.25.
Utah State T&F Championships (UT)
Saturday Highlights - In the mountains of Utah the top athletes came together this weekend at the Utah State T&F Championships and the results were simply outstanding. With so many talented seniors showing their athletic abilities one last time, some great performances were nearly guaranteed. Leading the way were Luke Puskedra (Judge Memorial, UT) and Natalie Stewart (Spanish Fork, UT), each setting state records on the final day of competition.
Puskedra, who broke 4:10 for 1600m on Friday, won the 3A 3200m run Saturday in an amazing 8:54.40. Puskedra's effort was the top effort ever performed at the state meet in the event. Meanwhile, Stewart won the girls 4A 100m, 200m and 400m dash events. The BYU-bound senior equalled the state record in the 100m dash with a time of 11.99, while winning the longer dashes in 24.56 and 54.27 respectively.
Elsewhere on the track, Lacey Cramer (Lone Peak, UT) ran a top five time in the country by beating state-favorite Nachelle Stewart (Spanish Fork, UT) at 800m, winning the 4A girls race 2:09.26-2:10.44. In the 4A boys 800m dash, freshman Trevor Sharp (Riverton, UT) beat Foot Locker finalist Stephen Clark (Skyline, UT) much like he did on Friday, nipping the senior at the line this time 1:55.13-1:55.16. Clark earned a victory earlier in the day by winning the boys 5A 3200m run.
Off the track the girls high jump was a thing to watch. Ada Robinson (Viewmont, UT) lept one of the top marks in the country by clearing 5-11.25. Seven foot leaper sophomore Adam Timo (Snow Canyon, UT) won the 4A high jump in 6-08, also winning the long jump in 23-04.50. Other highlights came from Natalie Haws (Davis, UT) winning the girls 4A 3200m run in 10:43.83, junior Jeff Daw (Skyline, UT) won the 4A boys 400m dash in 47.92 and 200m dash in 21.95, while senior McKade Brady (Skyview, UT) won the 3A boys 400m dash in 47.90.
Friday Highlights - Luke Puskedra (Sr., Judge Memorial, UT) once again stole the show at a meet in Utah. This time it was the boys 3A 1600m run at the Utah State T&F Championships. Puskedra easily beat the field with his winning mark of 4:09.29, breaking the state record in the process. Puskedra has a busy weekend ahead of him as he tries to score as many points for his squad as possible, especially in the 4,500+ feet of Utah altitude.
In the boys 5A 1600m run, freshman Trevor Sharp (Riverton, UT) beat Foot Locker finalist Stephen Clark (Skyline, UT) 4:18.24-4:18.78. Sharp's win came as a bit of a surprise. Elsewhere, Lacey Cramer (Lone Peak, UT) pulled an upset over Natalie Haws (Davis, UT) in the girls 5A 1600m run, beating Haws with a winning mark of 4:56.18.
In field event action, Nicole Knighton (Bountiful, UT) won the girls shot put with a great throw of 45-07.75. In the girls 4A javelin throw, Tiffany Hellstrom (Bonneville, UT) won with the top mark of the day in 139-08.
West Virginia State T&F Championships (WV)
Weekend Highlights - The final meet of the West Virginia season took place Friday and Saturday at the West Virginia State T&F Championships. A lot of great performances were had by athletes in attendance, but the leading performance came from Eric Myers (Sissonville, WV). Myers showed his strength by winning the boys shot put with a toss of 58-07.25, coming back to also win the discus throw in 176-07. Following Myers' lead, teammate Sydney Cummings (Sissonville, WV) won the girls high jump with a leap of 5-06.
Another top performance came from David Bias (Cabell Midland, WV), winning the boys 800m dash in 1:56.22 and helping his squad's 4x800m relay take home gold as well with a 8:08.96 finish. In the girls distance events, Courtney Yeager (Wheeling Park, WV) showed why she is the top runner in the state by winning the girls 1600m run in 5:08.79 and 3200m run in 11:07.73. Josie Crouch (Hurricane, WV) also had a big day with double wins. Crouch smashed the field in the 400m dash with her time of 57.40, while also winning the 800m dash in 2:18.10.
Two other top weekend results came from Marquel Ali (Woodrow Wilson, WV) and Megan Mock (Berkeley Springs, WV). Ali put up impressive numbers in the boys 100m dash, winning his prelim Friday in 10.79, then coming back on Saturday to win the title with a 10.80 effort. Mock blitzed the field in the girls 300m hurdles with her winning time of 44.70, defeating the rest of the field rather easily with a strong second half of her race.
Wyoming State T&F Championships (WY)
Friday & Saturday Highlights - What a weekend for Stephen Michel (Laramie, WY). The sprinter, jumper sensation rocked the 4A boys championship by winning the long jump, triple jump, 100m and 200m dashes. Michel dominated each event, winning the triple jump in 48-09.50, long jump in 23-08.50, 100m dash in 10.65 and 200m dash in 21.39.
The top performances on the girls side came from Diana Long (Torrington, WY), Jordan Merback (Kelly Walsh, WY) and Emily Moore (Campbell County, WY). Long, who competed in the 3A 300m hurdles, won in a near state record time of 43.27. Meanwhile, Merback beat Moore head to head in the triple jump 38-07.75-38-07.25. Moore came back later in the day to win the long jump in 19-02.25, while Merback won the 4A 300m hurdles in 44.22 and 100m hurdles in 14.59.
In further field event action, Justin Gebicki (Cheyenne East, WY) won the boys pole vault with an excellent mark of 16-00.25. In the distance events, Dominick Robinson (Campbell County, WY) showed why he is the best distance runner in the state after winning all three 4A boys distance races. Robinson took first in the 3200m run with a 9:31.59 effort, then placed first in the 1600m run with a 4:22.43 and the 800m dash in 1:57.09.
Thursday Highlights - Cross state rivals Jordan Merback (Kelly Walsh, WY) and Emily Moore (Campbell County, WY) didn't go head-to-head Thursday at the Wyoming State T&F Championships, but they sure tried to one up each other. In the 4A girls 200m dash prelims, Moore won her heat in 25.51, with Merback coming back one heat later to win in 25.50. Then, Merback put up a leading 100m hurdle time of 14.96, but Moore came back with a new state record in the long jump in 19-02.25.
On the boys side, Stephen Michel (Laramie, WY) won his heat in the 4A boys 200m dash prelims with a solid time of 21.78. Michel has a busy weekend ahead, so going all out certainly wasn't what he did. In the throwing events, Carson Rowley (Natrona County, WY) won the discus throw with a fine toss of 176-04.