It would be fun to hear of significant performances that might otherwise slip below the radar.
Dani Aragon has been a star at Billings (MT) Senior all 4 years. She finished out her career at this weekend's state meet in Butte in cold, wet, windy weather--at one point the paper said that "the snow was blowing sideways." Not exactly California conditions. She got 2nd in the 400 (57.23); and 1st in the 800 (2:08.31); 1600 (4:56.43); and 3200 (11:09). The 1600 took place when the snow was actually blowing sideways and she missed the state meet record by only 1 second. The 800 time was pretty significant: a PR that smashed one of the oldest state records on the books--2:11.0y, from 1973, by Julie Brown (also of Billings Senior).
In Wyoming a name to watch is sophomore Ricky Faure of Rock Springs: he won 3 events at the state meet a week ago: 800 (1:51.66 PR); 1600 (4:24.68); and 3200 (9:44.78). Weather conditions here were not quite as bad as in MT, but still mediocre. Faure had run several 1:53s , 4:15.43, and 9:28 earlier in the season.
Yes, she's for real. She comes from a big running family and has older siblings that were good in HS and have gone on to run at Notre Dame. She's got great biomechanics--one of the most elegantly fluid runners I've ever seen--and tons of heart. I know she's got lots of room for improvement yet. Bear in mind that, by the standards of most of the country, the track season in MT is about 1 week long.
ed gee wrote:Dani Aragon's father was 4th in the '84 OT 1500.
Thanks ed -- I wondered if Chuck Aragon was her father when I first learned about Dani Aragon in this thread. I read some news articles (one linked above) about her, and when none of them mentioned her father I kind of assumed there must not be a connection. So, thanks for clearing that up.
dukehjsteve wrote:I don't think Indiana has any HS superstars this year, a la last year's Austin Mudd, but I'll be there ( @ Indiana Univ. as usual) for both meets this weekend and I'll report anything newsworthy.
Well, as of April, Mudd was not a superstar either. He was a star before the state meet but thye super could be added by his performance there. He qualified auto for NCAAs despite being in the same heat as two 1:44 guys!
Who knew I would find North Dakota HS t&f so interesting...I blame Laura Roesler.
Here's one more for the HS state meet heroics file: Morgan Milbrath (11 Minot HS). She's the one who beat Roesler at 100m in the state finals in 2010, thus ending Roesler's quest for a state championship 20-peat, or whatever it was.
This weekend (prelims 5/25; finals 5/26), Milbrath won in the Div. A championships: 100: 12.10 200: 24.33 400: 53.31 300H: 44.19
Not sure what the meet schedule was, but she could not have had much rest.
I think she did something like this at last year's state meet, but I don't feel like digging up the results just now.
Her PBs so far are: 11.97/24.32/53.31/44.14. Also LJ 17' 4"
I have been following track for 50 years and don’t remember a performance like what happened in Reno, Nevada.
State Meet performance by Nick Hartle of Centennial High School: on Friday May 18, he won the 400 in 47.79 and the 1600 in 4:18.03 and on Saturday the 19th he won the 800 in 1:52.53 and the 3200 in 9:28.27.
The young man is going to UCLA and I think we will see a lot more from him. What event though?
In a nutshell... Donovan Robertson (Berea), 13.66 (-1.6), 35.96, and a low-46 split. The only two boys ever to run faster at the Ohio state meet are Ted Ginn and Chris Nelloms, and he will follow them to Ohio State. Unlike those two, he'll continue to hurdle.
Destinee Gause won her fourth straight title in the 200 meters, now one of only five girls to have won the same event four times in the big-school division. Three of the other four are Emily Infeld, Jessica Beard and Angela Bizzari. Also ran on a 45.99 relay, by far the fastest in the country in a "cold weather" state.
Tsihaye Hiluf 8:55, Sam Wharton 9:01, on a windy day.
Jacob Blankenship 17' 2", three misses at 17' 7". Four girls' 4x800 teams at 9:08, the first two separated by only 0.02.
Some stellar performances on the girls side in michigan.
Hannah Meier 4x800 8:48.3 (2:08 split) state record, 1600 4:43.05, 800 2:08.57 (both events she has the state record from last year 4:42 & 2:07, seemed windy yesterday) 4x400 3:53.9 1st (don't know split) as her school won Division 1 champs over Ann Arbor who had Ofili's sister. She had an impressive day herself
Cindy Ofili won 3 individual events 100 11.97, 100H 13.78 & 300H 45.02 and was on the winning 4x200 1:41.1
Not to mention Finn's state record 3200 10:17.86
and how about Division 3's Sami Michell - 4 individual wins with one all-division state record 300H 42.23, LJ 18'6, 100H 13.84 & 200 25.28
Division 2 had Ali Wiersma run 4:53 (2nd) and 10:40 (1st)
Mighty Favog wrote:...Also ran on a 45.99 relay, by far the fastest in the country in a "cold weather" state.
With the weather we've had(non-existent winter, hot spring), I don't think you can call Ohio a "cold weather" state, at least for the 2012 season. No coincidence we had so many terrific sprint performances across the board.