This past weekend was chalk full of remarkable efforts on the track. We broke down some of the best efforts from around the country -- including some you may have missed -- below the fold.
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Kendall Kramer, West Valley (Alaska):
The state's best girls distance runner since Allie Ostrander continued to shine in her junior season, tallying two more state titles in the 1600m and 3200m -- despite the fact that training is always a war in the frigid and unpredictable climate of Alaska. Kramer won the state's 1600m run in a new school record of 4:56.15 and timed in at 10:27.18 in the 3200m, the second fastest effort in state history, just behind Ostrander.
Samantha Wallenstrom, Marin Catholic (CA):
It was karma for Wallenstrom in the championship 800m final at the CIF Championships. A week earlier, at the North Coast Section meet, the sophomore had helped another runner in the final 100 meters in the 800m -- not with physical assistance but with encouragement -- and was able to go forward to the state meet. On Saturday, Wallenstrom put it together for a state title in one of the hardest states to win a championship. She ran 2:08.78 to win her first title in her first CIF State Track and Field Experience.
Skylar Ciccolini, Mifflin County (Pennsylvania):
The University of Missouri signee finished off her Pennsylvania career with her second straight state title in the javelin with a toss of 169 feet, 3 inches. Ciccolini finished off her regular season with five throws over 168 feet, 6 inches -- the current US No. 2 mark in the country. Ciccolini launched the No. 2 throw of all-time, a mark of 184-2, at The Penn Relays in April.
Emmanuel Bynum, Whitehaven (Tennessee):
Bynum's epic day was solidified not with his three state titles in the 100m, 200m and 400m, but by his record run in the quarter which saw him take down a time that had stood since 1970. Bynum went 46.60 seconds in the Division I 400m championship finals race, which surpassed Darwin Bond's time of 46.74.
Evan Holland, Ashland (Oregon):
The junior distance runner from Oregon threw down a remarkable double in the 1500m-3000m, going a US No. 3 of 3:51.92 in the 1500m Class 5A final and a new US No. 1 of 8:13.10 in the 3000m. Those finishes represent his second straight title wins across two seasons.
Daniel Bausch, Chugiak (Alaska):
Speaking of distance runners in Alaska, Chugiak also shined at the state track and field championships, logging the third fastest 1600m time in the state's history in 4:13.60. Chugiak, who also won the 3200m in 9:21.78, qualified for Foot Locker Nationals this past fall, the first Alaskan to do so.
Marcellus Moore, Plainfield North (Illinois):
The sprinter scripted an impressive championship performance, winning the 100m and 200m. But it was the way in which he fought to the line in the 200m -- even after tying up -- that made this meet memorable. Moore ran 10.39 seconds in the 100m and 21.22w in the 200m.
Allie Janke, North Central (Washington):
The star distance runner from Washington won two state titles this weekend at her state's championships, taking wins in the 1600m (4:43.60) and 3200m (10:10.83). Her 3200m time broke a Class 3A record and surpassed North Central graduate Katie Knight's school record. She's currently US No. 5 in the 1600m and US No. 8 in the 3200m.
Kalli Anderson, Newton (Kansas):
She won the state's sprint championships in impressive fashion. She was the only girl under 12 seconds in the 100m, running a wind-legal 11.81 (+1.3) seconds, and then captured a 200m title in a headwind, going 24.86 (-0.4) seconds.
Thelma Davies, Girard College (Pennsylvania):
Davies did something something special on Saturday in Shippensburg. The future Louisiana State University athlete won her fourth straight titles in the 100m and 200m. As a freshman she broke a state record in the 100m, and on Saturday she took the 200m state record, too, going 23.74 seconds to pass Olympian Lauryn Williams.
Rosalie Fish, Muckleshoot Tribal School (Washington):
The senior's last state meet took on special significance when Fish, a Native American, decided to advocate for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. She wore red paint over her mouth -- a hand print -- as a symbol of respect for those missing, and proceeded to come up big at the Class 1A meet, winning the 800m (2:20.93), 1600m (5:15.22) and 3200m (11:44.11). She was second in the 400m (1:01.2).
Matt Strangio, Jesuit (California):
Strangio came through with three national-level performances and one incredible win, taking the CIF 1600m title in 4:08.07 a day after scoring a 4:09.13 in the prelims, to score his second CIF title in ensuing seasons. While he didn't repeat in the 3200m, Strangio logged his second sub-9 performance in 8:57.69.
Justin Robinson, Hazelwood West (Missouri):
Talk about a legendary effort. Robinson won the 100m, 200m and 400m and anchored the team's 4x200 relay, helping Hazelwood West score a state title. Robinson went 10.56 in the 100m, 21.96 in the 200m and 46.30 in the 400m.
Ben Perrin, Flathead (Montana)
The distance runner scored two state titles in the 1600m (4:19.02) and 3200m (9:25.07) in Montana's AA-B Championships.
Meghan Ford, Jamestown (North Dakota):
Ford was the best girls distance runner on the day at the North Dakota State Track and Field Championships, running the fastest 1600m time (4:55.24) and 3200m effort (10:52.36) among all classifications. She also was fourth in the 800m.
Jaida Ross, North Medford (Oregon):
She finished first in the Class 6A shot put with a mark of 42-10 and followed with a third-place outing in the discus with a toss of 141-9.
Coatesville's Boys' 4x100 relay (Pennsylvania)
Let's give a nod to the all-time state best relay squad in Pennsylvania. The boys from Coatesville ran 40.99 seconds, beating a record that stood for just seven days -- Central Dauphin East's mark of 41.10 -- and before that a 21-year-old record held at 41.14 seconds, last set by Harrisburg in 1998.
Crete-Monee's Boys 4x100 relay (Illinois)
Not only did the program win a state title, scoring their first finish since joining Class 3 in 2012, but the 4x100 relay squad set a state relay record in the process, flying to the line in 40.86 seconds.