Saturday, May 7, 2011

Penn Relays lead to changes in top girls track marks

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The 117th Penn Relays were responsible for several changes in this week's USA girls high school track and field top performers list:

Haley Pierce of The Tatnall School (Wilmington, Del.) set a junior class record in the 3,000 meters, 9 minute, 16.35 seconds – also making her the No. 8 overall all-time high school performer.

Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.) needed the No. 5 all-time distance medley relay time, 11:34.46, to hold off North Shore (Glen Head, N.Y.), which ran No. 7 all-time, 11:36.10, thanks to a 4:45.84 anchor 1,600 meters by Samantha Nadel.

Alexis Franklin of Old Mill (Millersville, Md.) ran the 400-meter hurdles in 59.07 to become the first U.S. high school runner to break 60 seconds this season.

Long Beach Poly had two leading girls relay marks: in the 4x100, 45.23, and in the 4x800, 8:59.72. (The Poly boys also turned in a leading outdoor mark in the 4x800, 7:31.69 – which is No. 3 all time, missing the national record by just a second.)

The evening before the Relays got under way, the only outdoor national record of the season to date was set in the pole vault, 14-2 3/4, by Morgann LeLeux of Catholic (New Iberia, La.) at her regional meet

Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak (Snohomish, Wash.) turned in the leading 1,500 time, 4:26.71 at the Jesuit Twilight Relays in Portland, Ore.

QUAD STATE MEET PERFORMANCE FOR SPRINT LEADER: Double U.S. sprint leader Octavious Freeman of Lake Wales, Fla., figured in four gold medals at the 2A state meet — in the 100 meters (11.77w), 200 (23.64w), long jump (18-10½) and 4x100 relay (46.34).

HOULIHAN'S DRAKE TRIPLE: Shelby Houlihan of East (Sioux City, Iowa) recorded an outstanding distance triple at the Drake Relays, including the No. 2 outdoor times of the year in the 800 meters (2:07.69) and 1,500 (4:29.26). Her third win was in the 3,000, 9:56.71.

2011 girls high school track and field

Top performers in the USA this season

— Compiled for USA TODAY by Fred Baer, secretary of the Track and Field Writers of America and Mike Kennedy of Track and Field News.

—Leading indoor season performances, if qualified, also included and denoted by "i".

(U.S. high school outdoor record through 2010 listed in brackets after each event heading)

100 meters (11.11)

11.29, Octavious Freeman, Lake Wales, Fla.

11.55, Tynia Gaither, Osceola (Kissimmee, Fla.)

11.57, Shayla Sanders, Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) (11.45w)


11.42w, Morolake Akinosun, Waubonsie Valley (Aurora, Ill.)

200 meters (22.11)

23.42, Octavious Freeman, Lake Wales, Fla. (23.33w)

23.69, Shayla Sanders, Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) (23.68w)

23.85, Emily Yarnell, Hardin Valley (Knoxville, Tenn.)


23.17w, Tynia Gaither, Osceola (Kissimmee, Fla.)

400 meters (50.69)

53.93, Courtney Okolo, Smith (Carrollton, Texas)

54.10, Elizabeth Kerpon, Coppell, Texas

54.19, Felicia Brown, King (Lithonia, Ga.)

800 meters (2:00.07)

2:06.17i, Ajee Wilson, Neptune, N.J.

2:06.44, Mary Cain, Bronxville, N.Y.

2:06.98i, Claudia Francis, Cardozo (Oakland Gardens, N.Y.)

2:07.69, Shelby Houlihan, East (Sioux City, Iowa)

1,500 meters (4:14.50)

4:26.71, Amy-Eloise Neale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish, Wash.)

4:29.26, Shelby Houlihan, East (Sioux City, Iowa)

4:30.62i, Hannah Meier, Grosse Pointe South (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.)

1,600 meters (4:33.82)

4:45.46, Aisling Cuffe, Cornwall Central (New Windsor, N.Y.)

4:46.32, Amy-Eloise Neale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish, Wash.)

4:48.50i, Hannah Meier, Grosse Point South (Grosse Point Farms, Mich.)

4:48.84, Haley Pierce, The Tatnall School (Wilmington, Del.)

Mile (4:35.24)

4:48.01, Amy-Eloise Neale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish, Wash.)

4:48.50i, Hannah Meier, Grosse Point South (Grosse Point Farms, Mich.)

4:48.83, Angel Piccirillo, Homer Center (Homer City, Pa.)

4:49.02, Madeline Meyers, The Northwest School (Seattle)

3,000 meters (9:08.6)

9:16.35, Haley Pierce, The Tatnall School (Wilmington, Del.) (junior class record)

9:18.36i, Aisling Cuffe, Cornwall Central (New Windsor, N.Y.) (9:19.24 outdoors)

9:22.32, Waverly Neer, Culver Academies (Indianapolis) .

9:31.41i, Samantha Nadel, North Shore (Glen Head, N.Y.)

3,200 meters (9:48.59)

10:14.11, Sarah Baxter, Simi Valley, Calif.

10:16.10, Hannah Neczypor, North Royalton (Cleveland)

10:16.48, Kayla Beattie, Woodstock, Ill.

2 miles (10:01.08)

9:56.85i, Aisling Cuffe, Cornwall Central (New Windsor, N.Y.) (No. 2 all-time indoor performer)

10:17.47i, Wesley Frazier, Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.)

10:17.93i, Kayla Beattie, Woodstock, Ill.

5,000 meters (15:48.91)

16:35.15i, Waverly Neer, Culver (Ind.) Academy (U.S. high school indoor record)

16:43.70i, Kathryn Fluehr, Community School (Naples, Fla.) (No. 3 all-time indoor performer)

16:45.58i, Erika Fluehr, Community School (Naples, Fla.) (No. 4 all-time indoor performer)

2,000-meter steeplechase (6:33.7)

6:44.2, Madeleine Meyers, the Northwest School (Seattle)

6:46.40, Amy-Eloise Neale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish, Wash.)

6:53.75,Brianna Nerud (North Shore, Glen Head, N.Y.)

3,000-meter steeplechase (10:15.26)

10:53.69, Jessie Petersen, Carlmont (Belmont, Calif.)

100-meter hurdles (12.95)

13.50, Trinity Wilson, St. Mary's (Berkeley, Calif.)

13.54, Melia Cox.Long Beach Poly

13.66, Kendell Williams, Kell (Marietta, Ga.) (13.62w)

300-meter hurdles (39.98)

41.81, Ashley Burns, Timberview (Arlington, Texas)

41.90, Alyssa Monteverde, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.)

41.91, Kendell Williams, Kell (Marietta, Ga.)

400-meter hurdles (55.20)

59.07, Alexis Franklin, Old Mill (Millersville, Md.)

60.39, Amber Bryant-Brock, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)

60.72, Teddi Maslowski, Catholic (Steubenville, Ohio)

4x100-meter relay (44.50)

45.23, Long Beach Poly

45.68, Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)

45.72, Lake Wales, Fla.

4x200-meter relay (1:33.87)

1:37.44, Long Beach Poly

1:37.47, Boyd Anderson, (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)

1:37.67, Elkins (Missouri City, Texas)

4x400-meter relay (3:35.49)

3:42.58, Serra (Gardena, Calif.)

3:42.67i, Medgar Evers (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

3:42.73, Benjamin Cardozo (Oakland Gardens, N.Y.)

3:43.04, Long Beach Poly

4x800-meter relay (8:43.12)

8:56.94i, Catholic (Red Bank, N.J.

8:59.16i, St. Anthonys (South Huntington, N.Y.)

8:59.72, Long Beach Poly

9:01.30i, Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.)

4xmile relay (19:56.75)

20:09.51, Saugus, Calif. (No. 4 all-time team)

20:27.16, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

20:33.33, Simi Valley, Calif.

800-meter medley relay (1:38.73)

1:46.04, St. Mary's Academy (Inglewood, Calif.)

1:46.77, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)

1:46.80, Westlake (Atlanta)

Sprint medley relay (3:51.90)

3:57.23, Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.)

4:00.33i, Neptune, N.J.

4:03.18i, Garden City, N.Y.

Distance medley relay (11:31.26)

11:34.46, Fayetteville-Manlius (Malius, N.Y.) (No. 5 all-time team)

11:36.10, North Shore (Glen Head, N.Y.) (No. 7 all-time team)

11:40.89, Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.)

400-meter shuttle high hurdle relay (57.49)

62.19, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.)

62.71, Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.)

62.71, Northwestern (Rock Hill, N.C.)

High jump (6-4)

5-11, Madeline Morrow, Hoover (North Canton, Ohio)

5-10 3/4i, Taylor Burke, Medina, Ohio

5-10½, Lexi Eaton, Springville, Utah

Pole vault (14-1¼),

14-1, Morgan LeLeux, Catholic (New Iberia, La.) (No. 2 all-time)

13-8, Kaitlin Petrillose, McNeil (Austin)

13-4, Katherine Zingheim, Granite Bay, Calif.

Long jump (22-3)

20-1i, Keilah Tyson, Western Branch (Chesapeake, Va.) (20-7w)

20-0, Shanique Walker, Mount Pleasant (San Jose)

19-8 3/4, Kendell Williams, Kell (Marietta, Ga.)

Triple jump (44-11 3/4 )

42-3½i, Ciarra Brewer, James Logan (Union City, Calif.) (41-9¼ outdoor leader, 42-9w)

41-5, Jasmine Todd, Chandler, Ariz.

41-3¼, Thea LaFond, Kennedy (Silver Spring, Md.)

40-11½, Britni Strates, Edgewater (Orlando)

Shot put ( 54 10 3/4)

50-2i, Sarah Howard, Trinity Christian (Dublin, Ga.) (49-7½ outdoor leader)

48-10i, Christina Hillman, St. More Academy (Magnolia, Del.) (48-8 outdoors)

48-8 3/4i, Jackie Leppelmeier, McComb, Ohio

48-8, Kelsey Card, Carlinville, Ill.

Discus (190-3)

174-10, Shelbi Vaughan, Legacy (Mansfield, Texas)

160-9, Kelsey Card, Carlinville, Ill.

159-1, Shelbi Vaughan, Legacy (Mansfield, Texas)


157-9, Alexa Evans, West Hills (Santee,Calif..)

Hammer (214-4)

198-2, Shelby Ashe, St. Pius X (Atlanta) (set H.S. record of 214-4 in 2010)

180-8, Daina Levy, Kennesaw (Ga.) Mountain

169-10, Robyn McFetters, Barrington, R.I.

Javelin (176-5)

176-0, Avione Allgood, Legacy (North Las Vegas, Nev.) (No. 2 all-time)

173-0, Haley Crouser, Gresham, Ore. (No. 6 all-time

170-9, Hannah Carson, Chandler, Ariz. (ranks No. 5 all-time with age 14 record, 173-7, set in 2007)

Heptathlon (5,533)

4,826, Abrianna Torres, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

4,818, Jasmine Hall, Valencia, Calif.

4,608, Kendall Gustafson, Palisades (Pacfic Palisades, Calif.)


Leaders based upon marks verified as wind legal in sprints, hurdles, and horizontal jumps.

w = wind-aided (in excess of 2 meters per second) mark, significant but not utilized in ranking.

Only fully automatic times are listed for sprints and high hurdles.

i = performed indoors.

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