Amelia Mazza-Downie, from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, wins girls’ 3200 meters at 2015 Simplot Games

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Date: February 21, 2015

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Amelia Mazza-Downie, from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, wins girls’ 3200 meters at 2015 Simplot Games

Mazza-Downie becomes first Australian to win event at Simplot Games

 

Amelia Mazza-Downie - 2015 Simplot Games

Photo by H. Michael Roberts

Pocatello, Idaho – Amelia Mazza-Downie, a sophomore from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia wins the girls’ 3200 meters at the 2015 Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho, with time of 10:33.25, just 0.84 seconds short of meet record.

 

Mazza-Downie ran on an indoor track for the first time on Thursday, which she said had its pros and cons.

 

“It was much easier to run here with no wind,” said Mazza-Downie. “It was harder to run in a higher altitude, and there’s not as much room to run.”

 

Mazza-Downie was in control throughout the 16 laps, beating 2014 champion Makena Morley by 8 seconds.

 

“I knew that (Morley) was a good runner. I heard her time and knew I could beat it,” said Mazza-Downie. “We stayed close but that pace wasn’t quick enough to get the record.”

 

Mazza-Downie becomes the first Australian to win an event at Simplot Games. This is the first year athletes from Australia have competed.

 

“I feel like I’m famous here,” said Mazza-Downie. “I’m happy.”

Amelia Mazza-Downie - 2015 Simplot Games

Photo by H. Michael Roberts

 

More than 2,000 athletes have come from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia to participate in the 37th 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.

 

For more information on Simplot Games, please visit our website at www.simplotgames.com. You may also contact Lisa Woodland at (208) 235-5673 or Simplot Games Media Team at media@simplotgames.com.

 

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