The Podium: State Champs, Barrier Breakers And More

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It's time to honor more state champions, record setters and barrier breakers.

With more state indoor competitions in the books and increasing competition at invitational meets around the country, that means more opportunities for athletes to accomplish new personal feats.

The Podium this week features athletes who have broken significant performance barriers, improved upon school records and won state titles.

Below, learn more about the latest honorees on The Podium.

The Podium (Feb. 14):

Abigail Bastin, Thomson Training (KY): Dipped under 2:20 for the first time in her career in the indoor 800m at Eastern Indoors, clocking 2:19.18 to earn 14th place. That mark also ranks Bastin at US No. 12 for the freshman class and the seventh-fastest 800m racer across all grades in Kentucky.

Andrew Parker, NC School of Science & Math (NC): Swept the long distance events at the NCHSAA 1A/2A State Championships with wins in the 1,600m and 3,200m. His winning time of 4:19.23 in the 1,600m was an impressive seven-second personal best and gave him his first-ever performance under 4:20 at the distance.

Vivian Stovall, Jacksonville Athletic Club (FL): Won the girls pole vault at the first-ever Florida Indoor Championships with a height of 13-0.25, making for her first-ever clearance over 13-0. Stovall currently ranks as the top girls pole vaulter in Florida thanks to her significant PR.

Xavier McGreal, Kennett (PA): Eclipsed his own school record in the boys indoor high jump with a 6-4 clearance to win the event at the PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival. McGreal surpassed his previous Kennett all-time mark of 6-2, and he remains the only athlete in school history to ever clear over 6-0 in the indoor high jump.

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