For Immediate Release
Date February 18, 2017
Contact: Amanda Meixel (702) 370-4484
Meet records fall at 2017 Simplot Games
Records set in girls’ pole vault and long jump, and boys’ 1600 and 3200 meters
Casey Clinger – Photo by H. Michael Roberts
Pocatello, Idaho – The athletes at this year’s 2017 Simplot Games lived up to the theme “where records are broken” as four meet records fell in today’s finals including:
- Makayla Linebarger, a senior from Reno, set a new meet record and a personal best in the girls’ pole vault with a mark of 13’5”. The previous record of 13’1” was set in 2008 by Shade Waygandt, from Mansfield, Texas. The mark of 13’5” is 5th best in the country this year.
- Tara Davis, a senior from Agoura Hills, Calif., broke the Simplot Games meet record of 20’10.75 that she set last year with a jump of 21’02.75”. She also currently owns the national record of 21’11. Davis also won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.22, which is #1 this year and #8 all time, and the triple jump with a leap of 48’08.25”.
- Talon Hull, a senior from Pleasant View, Utah, set a new meet record in the boys’ 1600 meters with a time of 4:08.78. Patrick Parker, a senior from American Fork, Utah, was in the lead for most of the race until the last lap when Hull gave it a final kick. Parker came in second with a time of 4:09.95. The previous meet record of 4:09.52 was set last year by Michael Slagowski, of Boise.
- Casey Clinger, a senior from American Fork, Utah, set a new meet record in the 3200 meters with a time of 8:54.97. Last year he broke the meet record, but so did competitor Garek Bielaczyc who edged him out in the final lap to capture the new meet record of 8:57.03. But Clinger came home with the official record this year, beating the record by over 2 seconds.
Other athletes set national marks and personal bests in a variety of events. Some stand outs include:
- Celeste Mucci, a senior from Melbourne, Australia, won the girls’ high jump with a height of 5’10”. She also won the 60 meters with a time of 7.39, barely beating Jasmine Reed, a senior from Agoura Hills, Calif., whose time of 7.39 is number 2 in the U.S. this year. Mucci’s Maribyrnong Sports Academy 4×200-meter relay team also won with a time of 1:42.34. Mucci rounded out the day by finishing second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.32, and placing fourth in the long jump with a distance of 19’08.75”.
- Arria Minor, a sophomore from Denver, Colo., won the girls’ 200 meters with a time of 23.65. This is currently the fastest time in the U.S. this year. Jasmine Reed, a senior from Agoura Hills, Calif., came in second with a time of 24.26.
- Hunter Woodhall, a senior from West Point, Utah, won the boys 400 meters with a time of 49.07. He also ran anchor on Syracuse Track Team’s 4×400 meter relay team that came in 1st with a time of 3:23.85. Woodhall took silver in the 200 and bronze in the 400 in the T43 classification at the Paralympics Games in Rio this summer.
- Jakobe Ford, a senior from Spokane, Wash., won both the boys’ long jump with a mark of 23’08” and high jump with a height of 6’9”.
More than 2,200 athletes came from across the U.S., Canada, and Australia to participate in the 39th annual Simplot Games. Simplot Games remains the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event. Sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company since 1979, the Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.
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