This past weekend was as big weekend for high school track and field. Here are some of the highlights.
Richardson wins second-straight team title at Texas State Champs
For the second year in a row, Bonnie Richardson was a one-girl show. Richardson won the Class 1A girls team state title by herself for the second consecutive year by single-handedly beating 56 other schools Saturday at the 2009 Texas 1A Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas. She took top-three in four out of five events, including first in the long jump (5.29m/17-4.5) and high jump (1.72m/5-8), second in the discus (38.63m/126-9) and third in the 200 meters (25.78). She also finished fourth in the 100m (12.51).
Wyatt eclipses U.S. national high school record in the 300m Hurdles
La Sierra (Calif.) High School senior Reggie Wyatt set a national high school record in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles in winning his semi-final heat in 35.02 seconds Friday at the 2009 California State high school championships, held at Buchanan High in Clovis, Calif. The previous record of 35.28 set by 2008 World Junior 400m Hurdles champion Jeshua Anderson. On Saturday in the final, Wyatt won the 400m in 46.13 and came back to win the 300mH in 36.71, leading La Sierra to a four-way tie for the team title.
Hasay does it again
On Saturday night at the CIF State Track and Field Championships, 2008 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year Jordan Hasay became the first four-time winner in the girls 3,200m. She cruised to the win in 10:05.29 and had more than a 100-meter lead, as Rancho Bernardo’s Molly Grabill was second in 10:23.75. Hasay’s performance was the best time in the nation this year by 7 seconds. Her next race will be in the 1,500m at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Beach breaks 37-year-old deca mark
Using international implements, Curtis Beach broke the boy’s decathlon national high school record, winning with 7,466 points Friday at the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. The previous record of 7,359 was set by Craig Brigham in 1972. Using high school implements, he scored 7,719 points, just short of the record 7,909 points he set in April in Arcadia, Calif. Rather than the customary 10 events, the Duke University-bound Beach competed in 13 events. He ran the 110-meter hurdles twice and competed in the shot put and discus events two times each to account for the different standards.
About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.