Arkansas High School Invitational Mixes Up 200m Rankings

On Saturday, Arkansas High School Invitational mixed up the girls 200m rankings. Many girls jumped into or improved their rank in the top 50 in the national rankings.

The group in Arkansas was led by sophomore Jayla Hollis, who ran for the North Texas Cheetahs. Hollis ran a 24.17 for a new U.S. No. 5 performance. She also won the 60mH in a new U.S. No. 12 time of 8.83.

Hollis's North Texas teammate JaEra Griffin also threw down big in the 200m dash finals. Griffin ran the second-fastest time in the nation for a freshman with her 24.72. She is now only behind Gainesville High School's Tamari Davis, who ran 24.08 already at the USATF Indoor Hoover Alumni Invitational.

Davis ranks U.S. No. 4 while Griffin ranks U.S. No. 13. 

1Jayla Hollis10North Texas Cheetahs24.171
2JaEra Griffin9North Texas Cheetahs24.721
3Ameia Wilson11Danville High School24.851

Other big performances on the girls side came from Kelly Rowe of Mansfield Lake Ridge. Rowe tied the U.S. No. 15 mark with a run of 24.83 to place third in the prelims. Also entering into the top 20 was Ameia Wilson from  Danville High School in Illinois. Wilson finished third in the finals with a time of 24.85, tying the 18th-fastest time in the nation.

The boys races saw some impressive marks as well. Illinois' Marcellus Moore ran a U.S. No. 2 mark of 21.30 while Glen Bender of Team Quest ran a new U.S. No. 8 mark of 21.76. Lucas Lovejoy's Jake Chamberlin also had a strong run, dropping a new indoor 200m PR of 22.03. That time currently has him ranked 13th in the nation. 


Marcellus Moore

Plainfield North High School

Team Quest

11Lucas Lovejoy22.032

Lucas Lovejoy


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