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HS state meet heroics

Postby kuha » Sun May 27, 2012 8:48 am

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.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby Master Po » Sun May 27, 2012 10:50 am

kuha -- thanks for posting these -- I otherwise would have missed them entirely.

Aragon's performances this year and last (see below) are pretty impressive (roesleresque? roeslerian? :) ) This news article is about a month old...

http://billingsgazette.com/sports/high- ... 40a0c.html

...but it points out that last year she also won 800/1600/3200 and was 4th in the 400. Also, she's going to Notre Dame next year, where her sister is already enrolled and is doing xc/track.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby kuha » Sun May 27, 2012 11:13 am

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.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby 26mi235 » Sun May 27, 2012 12:06 pm

Master Po wrote:kuha -- thanks for posting these -- I otherwise would have missed them entirely.

Aragon's performances this year and last (see below) are pretty impressive (roesleresque? roeslerian? :) ) This news article is about a month old...

http://billingsgazette.com/sports/high- ... 40a0c.html

...but it points out that last year she also won 800/1600/3200 and was 4th in the 400. Also, she's going to Notre Dame next year, where her sister is already enrolled and is doing xc/track.


Good incoming class with Molly Seidel (Footlocker XC champ) as the big star.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby az2004 » Mon May 28, 2012 6:08 am

big problem is gerogetown got 2 top notch girls, hayley pierce and sam nadel from north shore

pierce has a great kick maybe not the 62.5 of mary cain, while nadel has been slowed by injury, check her junior year times
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby ed gee » Mon May 28, 2012 9:32 am

Dani Aragon's father was 4th in the '84 OT 1500.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby Master Po » Mon May 28, 2012 10:17 am

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.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby kuha » Mon May 28, 2012 10:54 am

Ah ha! That thought had crossed my mind, too, but I had no idea. Very interesting--thanks.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby Master Po » Mon May 28, 2012 11:28 am

UND article on Chuck Aragon, from Oct 2011 -- interesting to catch up on his career --

http://www.und.com/sports/monogramclub/ ... 11aae.html
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby dukehjsteve » Mon May 28, 2012 11:32 am

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.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby 26mi235 » Mon May 28, 2012 12:04 pm

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!
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby Master Po » Mon May 28, 2012 1:52 pm

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"
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby gh » Mon May 28, 2012 1:59 pm

a letter we got the other day


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?
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby Bruce Kritzler » Mon May 28, 2012 2:26 pm

Master Po wrote:Her PBs so far are: 11.97/24.32/53.31/44.14. Also LJ 17' 4"


Sounds like she has a future in the 800!
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby kuha » Mon May 28, 2012 2:45 pm

gh wrote:he won the 400 in 47.79....and the 3200 in 9:28.27.


Definitely remarkable. I can't ever remember that sort of range in a quality meet.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby runforlife » Mon May 28, 2012 4:21 pm

dukehjsteve wrote:I'll be there ( @ Indiana Univ. as usual) for both meets this weekend

Wish I could be there also. But I'll be in Columbus both days. Although there have been a few times I've been able to make both OH and IN state meets in the same day.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby Master Po » Mon May 28, 2012 4:27 pm

Hartle's performances are remarkable -- as noted above, I can't think of a comparable -- it's positively roeslerian! :wink:

Here's an interview with Hartle, from a couple of weeks ago:

http://usa.milesplit.com/articles/86124 ... ick-hartle

Great quote from the interview:
MileSplit - Your favorite track & field event(s)?
Nick - The 800 is my favorite race because it is the perfectly painful combination of speed and endurance.


ps kuha -- thanks for creating this thread -- interesting stuff!
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby kuha » Mon May 28, 2012 5:42 pm

Master Po wrote:ps kuha -- thanks for creating this thread -- interesting stuff!


Absolutely--yes, I love this kind of stuff. There's still a couple weekends of state meets coming up, so hopefully there will be more interesting news...
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby Mighty Favog » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:54 pm

I've highlighted the Ohio Championships on my blog:
http://tracksuperfan.com/ohio-state-championships-recap

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.

A fine display of sportsmanship in the D-III girls' 3200 meters.
http://www.maxpreps.com/blogs/maxwire-n ... etitor.htm
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby Jnathletics » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:13 am

Guess I should move this to this thread?!?! :oops:

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)

Just some of the highlights.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby guru » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:06 am

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.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby kuha » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:41 pm

A follow up. The times were nothing special but Dani Aragon won the 800 and 1600 at the Golden West.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby huntinwr » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:08 pm

It has been an unbelievable year in Washington high school middle distance running:

Boys 800 - Tanner Sork 1:48.74, Marcus Dickson 1:49.33, Nick Boersma 1:49.87.
Boys Mile - Marcus Dickson 4:03.18, Izaac Yorks 4:04+, Nathan Weitz 4:07+

Girls 800 - Alexa Efraimson (Grade 9!) 2:08

Girls Mile - Efraimson 4:42, Amy-Eloise Neal 4:43 (3 girls in New York HS mile)
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby Master Po » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:52 pm

Even though he now has his own thread (Adidas Grand Prix HS Boys Dream Mile), Bernie Montoya deserves a mention here for his performance at the Arizona State HS championships (Div 1):

Friday, May 11
1600m -- 1st
800m -- 1st
Saturday, May 12
3200m -- 1st

(also won 1600m & 3200m in 2011)
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby kuha » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:43 pm

Really nice story here:
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/colle ... _form=true

Dani Aragon has improved to 2:05.06 and is heading to Barcelona for the IAAF World Junior Champs.
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Re: HS state meet heroics

Postby kuha » Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:44 pm

So...while Dani and the other Aragons are running at Notre Dame, their kid sister is keeping up the family tradition at the high school level, back in Montana... Pretty impressive.

http://billingsgazette.com/sports/high- ... b889e.html
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