Two meet records fall as fierce competition abounds at Simplot Games finals

For Immediate Release
Date: February 15, 2020
Contact: Jason Bohne (702) 285-8075

Two meet records fall as fierce competition abounds at Simplot Games finals

Girls 3200 meters and pole vault headline full slate of competitive track and field

Pocatello, Idaho—After two days of qualifying and positioning, Simplot Games crowned more than 30 champions on the track and field at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena on Saturday.
Wyoming junior Sydney Thorvaldson broke the 3200-meter meet record she set during qualifying on Thursday (which broke the record she set at last year’s event.)  Her time of 10:06.58 was a five-second improvement from two days ago, and represents the second best time in the U.S. this year.
“I have to know how to push myself,” Thorvaldson said after running alone in the lead from the very beginning. “I come in knowing just what I have to get done.”
Mia Manson, a senior from Erie, Colo., broke the girls’ pole vault record by clearing 13’ 5.25”. Her record returned the family name to the event’s record book; her father Pat set the boys’ record as a high school senior in 1986. His mark of 17’6.25” stood for 32 years.
“The energy in here was really fun,” Mia Manson said. “I was feeling very fast and strong. It was great.”
Other winners included:

  • Trinity Price, a junior from Dacula, Ga., circled the track in an impressive 23.99 seconds to win the girls’ 200 meters.
  • Gavin Schurr, a junior from Broomfield, Colo., threatened the Games’ 200 meters record in his 21.57 second victory, and paired it with a second place finish in the boys’ 60 meters (.08 seconds behind winner Deven Brown of Renton, Wash.).
  • Sophomore Adi Nielson and junior Brilee Pontius, teammates from Lehi, Utah, went one-two respectively in the girls’ 400 meters
  • Lara Denbow, an 11th grader from Manitoba, Canada, leaped 5’9” to secure a girls’ high jump victory.
  • Two Idahoans won in their home state: Nathan Green, a junior from Boise, won the 1600 meters in 4:17.99, and Zac Bright, a junior from Idaho Falls, won the 800 meters in 1:56.02.
  • The Blazin’ Bruins track club of Long Beach, Calif., won the boys’ sprint medley relay and girls’ sprint medley and 4×400-meter relays.

Full results are available at, and additional coverage can be found on the Simplot Games Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds.
More than 2,000 athletes came from across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to participate in the 42nd 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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