High-SchoolTrack-and-XC: louisiana

Kendell Williams and Marlon HumphreyWalter Pinion/ESPNHSDyeStat MVP winners Kendell Williams and Marlon Humphrey.


When it was announced that Kendell Williams was part of the field at the 20th Mobile Challenge of Champions, that whoosh you heard was the DyeStat Most Valuable Performer award chances for several dozen other elite girls in the meet taking a dramatic plunge.

Williams was entered in the long jump, high jump and 100-meter hurdles and the odds of her becoming the Challenge’s first girls’ triple individual champ were very good. The Kell (Marietta, Ga.) junior got a scare when Quanesha Burks exploded to a 20-foot long jump early, but she responded with a 20-6w (all-conditions national best) that set the tone for what followed: a 5-10 HJ victory, a 13.64 100H triumph and that girls’ MVP plaque.

As it turned out, had Williams not entered, there would have been quite a battle for the MVP between Burks – who also won the triple jump in 39-8 – and impressive soph Marcquita Stalbert, who announced her arrival on the national long-sprint stage with US#3 53.77 400 and #2 23.93 200 performances.

For the boys, the MVP race had considerably more contenders, such as: Tre’Tez Kinnaird, who had nipped Cameron Thornton in arguably the day’s best race, the 800; and Amba Etta-Tawo, who had anchored his McEachern GA 4x100 squad to a fast win, taken second in the open 100, and then ruled the 200. But in the end, it was Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) soph Marlon Humphrey who got tabbed, after he rocketed to a pair of US#6 hurdle victories – 14.12 over the 110s and 37.50 in the 300s – and then finished with a dramatic 48-second leg in the 4x400 that nearly took his school to a win there.

And so it was, that Williams and Humphrey held their MVP plaques next to the big electronic scoreboard featuring their names as the sun set over E.E. Delany Stadium: Another great Challenge, efficiently orchestrated by meet director Steve Schoenewald, and everyone had time to get home for Easter.

GIRLS: Kendell's moment

Kendell Williams
Walter Pinion/ESPNHSKendell finishes off her triple in the 100H.
Given that Kendell Williams does at least three individual events at almost every meet she enters, expecting an unending string of peak performances is unrealistic. However, there will inevitably be something in each competition that reminds you of what a special athlete she is.

Call it the “Kendell Williams moment.”

Saturday, that moment came early. Williams was leading through one round of the long jump with 19-7.5, when Hartselle (Hartselle, Ala.) junior Quanesha Burks – who had never jumped even 19 feet in her career – suddenly unleashed a 20-1.25. Suddenly the event, which had lost some luster when Virginia 20-footer Javanique Burruss withdrew, was the hottest thing going – and fans looked to Williams to see what she would do.

Three jumpers later, the response thundered across the field. Williams sprinted down the runway, struck the board and flew like she had never flown before. The official stared down at the tape, shaking her head in wonderment. “Twenty feet, six inches,” she said.

The funny thing was that Williams wasn’t exactly prepared for any “moment” Saturday. She and her family vacationing for spring break in Panama City en route to Mobile and it hasn’t exactly been the most intense week of training. “I was in the lead at 19-7, and I didn’t think I would even be able to jump that well,” she said. “Now the pressure was on and I had to pull it together.”

Recalling the moment with mock indignation, she added, “I said, ‘What? I have to PR right now???’” But after a handful of Skittles and some quick coaching from Dad, Williams had jumped six inches further than she ever had before – albeit with an aiding wind of 2.6. It was the highlight of the meet.

It was all gravy after that. Williams would go on to hit 20-1.5w and 19-7.25 for her best series ever, and add the 5-10 high jump win an hour later. She then jumped on the track for a strong 13.64, just .07 off her U.S. list leader going into the day.

“I’m really happy with the whole day,” she said.

Burks, meanwhile, was hardly disappointed to see her 20-footer relegated to runner-up status. “I was shocked I could jump 20 feet,” she said. “I’m just happy for both of us.” Burks became the ninth girl to get 20-feet (indoors or out, including wind-aided) in what is becoming a landmark year in the event. In the triple jump, once she got her steps down, she produced the previously mentioned 39-8.

Marcquita Stalbert
Walter Pinion/ESPNHSMarcquita Stalbert taking the 400 to begin her double.
Another surprise was Marcquita Stalbert. As a freshman last year, she was fourth in the Challenge 400 and third in the 200. This spring, she had her bests down to 24.34 and 54.53. But Saturday’s big PRs were beyond reasonable expectation. Though she was completely unpressed in the two races, she showed power and maturity in elevating herself into the top rung of the national elite with the aforementioned 53.77 and 23.93.

“I just did what my coach told me to do,” she said after the 400. “Get to 320 and keep my form.”

In other sprint and hurdle action, Baton Rouge Magnet soph Mikiah Brisco repeated her 100 win from last year, in 12.10 (-0.2w). While defending 100H champ Pine Forest (Pensacola, Fla.) junior Johna Whitaker was limited to third in that event, she reigned in the 300H with a 43.31. Whitaker also helped her team win the climactic 4x400.

Fans thought the distance events might be highlighted by a Carmen Carlos meet record attempt, but the local McGill-Toolen standout, winner last month of the New Balance Indoor Nationals 2-mile, wasn’t up to chasing Laura Zeigle’s 10:23.05 from 2002 – not on a hot day when she was 30 seconds faster than any entrant coming in. So she settled for a more modest pace that led to a 10:44.21 – still winning by 16 seconds and actually a US#1, since most major meets to date have contested 3,200s for distance runners.

An exciting finish in the mile saw DuPont Manuel (Louisville, Ky.) junior Cassidy Hale overtake Carlos’ teammate Sage Blackwell in the final 100 for a 5:03.34 to 5:03.74 win, while Mountain Brook (Ala.) took the 4x800 for the fourth time here in 9:38.98.

Host St. Paul Episcopal got an individual title when junior Chanel Krause won the pole vault in 12-0. Her senior teammate Lacey Dent wasn’t victorious, but still had quite a day with runner-up finishes in the 100H (US#7 14.22) and triple jump (38-1), a third in the long jump (18-6.5) and a fourth in the 300H (45.20).

BOYS: Marlon's maturity

To watch Marlon Humphrey is to see someone who looks and performs beyond his years. Get up close and chat with him, and you get the same feeling. Maybe part of it is being part of an athletic family headed up by Alabama legend and NFL standout Bobby Humphrey; maybe it’s just part of being Marlon.

Marlon Humphrey
Walter Pinion/ESPNHSMarlon Humphrey blasts to 110H victory.
Count the sophomore boys’ DyeStat Most Valuable Performers over the years. You won’t find any. Marlon is the first.

Fans were waiting for an MVP-worthy performance to come from some of the highly touted entrants in the meet. Maybe a sub-1:50 in the Tre’Tez Kinnaird-Cameron Thornton 800 battle, or a 46 or better when Kavahra Holmes and Michael Newton took the track in the 400. Maybe a sprint double for Jeryl Brazil, a seven-foot high jump from Xavier McAllister, or a 4x400 anchor by Amba Etta-Tawo to go with his 200 win and 4x100 anchor.

But none of those things happened. What did happen was that Humphrey won the 110 hurdles in a US#6 14.12 (+0.3w), then added the 300 hurdles in 37.50 – achieving the same national ranking. Finally, after Humphrey thundered down the homestretch to finish the second leg of the 4x400, bringing Hoover from fifth to first with a 48-point circuit, the MVP selectors were sold. Never mind that Hoover was ultimately nosed out by Smiths Station, 3:18.96 to 3:19.02.

Humphrey also helped get his school’s 4x100 from Friday’s Open race to Saturday’s Invite, where they were fourth. He was nonchalant about the honor, though he admitted, “After the first hurdle race, I started thinking about it a little.” The main thing was coming through for the team and hitting his times. “I said my goals today were to get 14-low and 37.5, and I was able to achieve both of them.”

In the 4x400, Marlon “hit that last 100 and had a burst of energy …We didn’t have one of our fastest guys today; I think we can go faster.”

While Humphrey was deemed the best of all on the boys’ side Saturday, that’s not to say the previously mentioned others didn’t impress or thrill. They did – and none so more than Kinnaird and Thornton in the 800. The 2011 World Youth Champs USA teammates were unimpressive in an indoor race back in late February, but each had recently been closing in on the form that got them to France last summer, and Saturday would be a big test.

An unwieldy field of 14 took off from the line, and while no one went down, it was a physical race. Rummel’s Cyril Grayson burst into the lead down the backstretch and Thornton was one of two following within 5-10 meters, with Kinnaird behind them. Down the homestretch, Kinnaird was dissatisfied with the tempo and ready to take over. He did so at the bell, reached in 56-point.

Kinnaird was in control down the backstretch, but Thornton started coming back in the final 200, then closing with each stride to nearly even on the homestretch. But that zapped him and Kinnaird solidly maintained enough to preserve the win by .03, US#6 1:51.77 to #7 1:51.80.

Kinnaird’s relatively slow start in 2012 was due to a stress fracture in mid-January. Now, he says, he has “a lot of raw speed … But I’m still building up my distance.”

As for the race: “There was a lot of pushing and I came through the first 200 okay, but it was not really what I wanted. Then at 400 we were a little bit slow. I thought if I could get to the last 300 with the lead, that I could win it in the last 200.”

The anticipated high-octane battle between Breaux Bridge (Breaux Bridge, La.) senior Holmes and Sprayberry (Marietta, Ga.) senior Michael Newton never materialized. Oh, Holmes defended his title with 47.75, about a quarter-second faster than he ran last year, but far short of the 46.07 he clocked as the second-fastest prep in the country last summer. But Newton, who notched his first sub-47 a few weeks ago at his county meet, with a 46.93, was even further off form – running slower than 49 seconds in fifth. He cited back problems.

Holmes, meanwhile, revealed his training has been divided between football-specific workouts in preparing for LSU – he signed a scholarship offer there in February – and track. He said he hopes to be in near-PR shape next month for states, but there will be no summer track this time.

Walter Pinion/ESPNHSAmba Etta-Tawo finishes McEachern's 4x100 win.
Another Louisiana speedster was just about at top form, though; the Loranger junior Brazil smoothly dispatched with the 100 field with a 10.48 into a slight headwind – just .07 off the US#2 mark he came in with. Brazil was entered in the 200, but scratched and fans had to be content with seeing him just once.

The 200 champ was still pretty darn impressive, though. The aforementioned Etta-Tawo had earlier appeared on the track in finishing off his school’s 4x100 – they came in at US#2 40.95 and settled for a decisive 41.69 win – and finishing a well-beaten second in the 100. But in the furlong, it was all Etta-Tawo as he blazed to a US#5 21.33. He and his teammates hoped to make it a relay sweep in the 4x400, but they were too gassed and the distance was too great.

Two more anticipated highlights were the long jump and high jump. A.J. Ward had a recent 24-9.75 leap that topped all entrants in the former, but he could never get things timed right Saturday and barely made 23. The victory went to Auburn’s consistent Cameron Luper with 23-1.5.

Newburgh Free Academy’s McAllister and Breaux Bridge’s Travin Dural both cleared 6-10 in the high jump and then took a run at seven feet. But when the height was too much and they were left tied, a jumpoff ensued. Fatigue would set in for the high flyers and it wasn’t until the bar had inched down to 6-5 that one of them – McAllister – could get another clearance and the victory.

"It was very competitive," said McAllister, though he admitted it wasn't the way he would have preferred to win.

There were a few others who might have said that, too, but with their sterling performances, Williams and Humphrey were hard models to live up to. And both could be back in 2013.

2012 Preview - Boys Sprints and Hurdles: Don't forget about Aldrich Bailey

February, 10, 2012
Aldrich BaileyJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSAldrich Bailey TX (shown at last year's World Youth Champs) is US#1 in the indoor 200 and 400, and is aiming high outdoors.

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Aldrich Bailey of Timberview (Arlington, Texas) hit historically fast times in his first indoor races of 2012 and is brimming with confidence about where his talent might take him.

Bailey ran 20.99 for 200 meters (No. 2 all-time indoors) and 47.05 for 400 meters (No. 6) in the first two weeks of January. “I saw it coming because of the way I’ve been coming through workouts,” he said. “I was hitting 21s (for 200 meters) in practice without blocks. And I knew my 400 would be good.”

In most years, Bailey would be the talk of the boys sprinting world, if not all of track and field. But as the calendar heads toward mid-February, the biggest names in the Boys Sprints and Hurdles category are undoubtedly Boone (Orlando, Fla.) senior Marvin Bracy and Christopher Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.) senior Strymar Livingston. After he ran a legal 10.28 and wind-aided times of 10.05 and 10.09 last summer, Bracy opened up in late January with a 6.08 55-meter USR. He has talked openly about trying to make the Olympic team and the 100 USR set in 2008 by Jeff Demps is clearly in his sight.

Meanwhile, Livingston has been the long sprint headliner of the past month, setting USRs in both the 500 and 600.

Bailey also has big goals, though, and the records he’s chasing in his specialties are two of the most long-standing and legendary in the sport.

“Hopefully I’ll be the first quarter-miler (in 30 years) to break 45 (seconds),” he said. Back in 1982, Darrell Robinson set the prep record of 44.69. He remains the only sub-45 high schooler in history.

Bailey would also like to take down at least one of Texas’ all-time state records, which would be another Herculean task. The U.S. high school record in the 200 is 20.13, set by Roy Martin of Roosevelt (Dallas, Texas) in 1985. The state’s all-time record in the 400 is 45.36, established by Marlon Ramsey of West Brook (Beaumont, Texas) in 1994.

As a junior, Bailey demonstrated impressive range and willingness to run everything from 100 meters (10.92) to 800 (1:58.28). But the 200 and 400 are where he shines the most. Bailey ran US#5 46.53 at his region meet, 46.76 at 5A state, and was 3rd at New Balance Outdoor Nationals at 46.87 as St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Launderdale, Fla.) junior Arman Hall won.

But the World Youth Trials just over a week later were Bailey’s time to shine. With stars like Hall and New Balance Indoor 200 champ Ronald Darby in the races, Bailey swept the 400 (46.57) and 200 (PR 21.09) and was the story of the meet.

With a nagging groin injury, however, the rest of the summer didn’t quite go as he’d have liked. He was picked to run the 200 at the World Youth Champs (while Hall won the 400), and was 6th. He won the 400 at USATF JOs, tying his PR at 46.53, but then was 4th in the 200.

Bailey has started 2012 on a new level, though.

“I’m a little kid trying to run grown-man times,” he said. “Like Kirani James, when he ran 46 at 14 (years old).”

Like precocious James, the reigning world champion from Grenada, Bailey has big ambitions.

He’d like to help his teammates at Timberview by doing all he can to win the state championship. The bigger mission, personally, includes taking a shot at making the Olympic Trials field and/or qualifying for the World Junior Championships.

“If I stay healthy, I think I may have a shot at the Olympic Trials,” he said.

Bailey, who has signed with Texas A&M, also plans to run for nationals titles at the New Balance Indoor Nationals where he was fourth (400) and ninth (200) last year.


MARVIN BRACY, Boone (Orlando, Fla.) 2012
Bracy’s aforementioned 6.08 55 is the only race he has run this winter … he was undefeated in 2011, including huge victories in the Adidas Dream 100 in New York and the U.S. Juniors … when he ran 10.05 at Juniors, the wind was just a slightly illegal 2.2 mps. … the 10.09 came in late July, as he won the Pan Am Juniors title. … after a stellar football season, the Florida State signee made a highlight catch during the Under Armour All-America game. … one of Bracy’s most impressive feats of 2011 may have been at Adidas, when he ran 10.47 into a 3.0 headwind. … his PR in the 200 is 21.24.

STRYMAR LIVINGSTON, Christopher Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.) 2012
Although he has only run 47.78 in the 400, it’s impossible to overlook the fact that Livingston has broken both the indoor USRs at 500 and 600 in the past month, running 1:01.68 and 1:17.58. So he’s either got much better PRs coming in the 400, or perhaps he’s poised to make a big breakthrough in the 800, where he ran 1:52.47 last year. … He was fourth at the NY Federation meet last spring in the 800. … The 500 record was all the more impressive because it came against Glass, who turned in the No. 2 time in history and was almost half a second back.

ARMAN HALL, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 2012
Hall is the reigning World Youth Champs gold medalist in the 400 and ran 46.01 in the finals, which held up as US#1 for 2011 … add his PR of 20.82 in the 200 meters and it is easy to see why he might be poised to be the best track athlete in the nation as a senior. … he was second to Bracy in the Florida 4A 200 meters last year and their potential rematch this spring could be a blockbuster. … Hall is also the reigning NBON champ (46.23) and won the inaugural Brooks PR Invite (47.45) indoors.

ARTIE BURNS, Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) 2013
Burns, still only a junior, is the nation’s top returning 110-meter hurdler and also one of the 300- and 400-meter hurdlers in the nation. … his PR of 13.63 in the 110 hurdles, set in the Florida 4A finals, broke the national sophomore class record by .02 seconds. … he was also part of a 4x400 relay team that ran 3:10.69, also a US#1 for 2011. … Burns ran 36.60 in the 300 meters at the Golden West Invitational in California, placing second to senior Jonathan Cabral.

LEVONTE WHITFIELD, Jones (Orlando, Fla.) 2013
That’s right, one extended family from Orlando, Florida might have the two fastest 100-meter sprinters in the country this spring … right behind Bracy is his cousin Levonte Whitfield, a junior who placed fourth at the Adidas Dream 100 and third at NBON … His biggest highlight came at the Golden South Classic, where he ran a dazzling 10.31 seconds. … He also has a best of 21.35 in the 200.

RONALD DARBY, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) 2012
Darby, who has not raced this winter, is ranked as the nation’s #2 cornerback and will join Bracy at Florida State … he broke out on the track as a soph, producing a one-day double of 10.55/21.24 at the USATF JOs. … in 2011, Darby won the NBIN 200 in US#1 21.24 … He also competed for the U.S. at the World Youth Champs, taking bronze in the 200 at 21.08 … He was also fourth in the 100 (10.61). …At New Balance Outdoors, he was fourth in the 100 after posting the meet’s fastest time in the prelims (10.41) and also placed fifth in the 200. … He.

KAVAHRA HOLMES, Breaux Bridge (Breaux Bridge, La.) 2012
This LSU football signee (WR/CB) and state 400 meters champion in Louisiana could be a factor in national championship races this spring. … He ran 46.07 to win the AAU Junior Olympics last August in New Orleans, good for US#2 in 2011. … Three months earlier, Holmes ran 46.31 to win the Louisiana 4A meet. … He was also part of two state championship relays to help power Breaux Bridge to the team title.

NAJEE GLASS, St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) 2012
Glass was consistently in the mid-46s last year outdoors, with a PR 46.43 to win the New Jersey Meet of Champs, 46.55 for 2nd at NBON (behind Hall, ahead of Bailey), and 46.67 for 2nd at the World Youth Trials (behind Bailey, ahead of Hall). … He finished second at NBIN by .01 seconds. … He represented the U.S. at the World Youth Champs but did not advance to the final (won by Hall). … So far in 2012, Glass has set new PRs in the 200 (21.48) and 500 (1:02.16). His 500 time is the second-fastest in history.

ERIC FUTCH, Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.) 2012
The versatile Futch is a combo sprinter/hurdler who can impact a track meet many different ways … He ran a US#1 400-meters time of 51.67 last year and already this winter he has turned in a US#1 flat 300 time of 33.56. … He won the 300-meter hurdles at the Pennsylvania state meet last spring, clocking US#3 36.43. … At the Delco Championships, Futch ran 21.32 in the 200, 14.24 in the 110 hurdles, 37.47 in the 300 hurdles, and 10.98 in the 100.


Lists and records from DyeStat TFX and Jack Shepard's High School Track


Top Returnees from 2011 - Scroll down for indoor

National Record: 10.01, Jeff Demps, South Lake (Groveland, Fla.), 2008
2011 Best: 10.28, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 10.28, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
2. 10.31, Levonte Whitfield, Jones (Orlando, Fla.), 2013
3. 10.41, Cameron Burrell, Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas), 2013
3. 10.41, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
5. 10.43, Thomas Tyner, Aloha (Beaverton, Ore.), 2013
6. 10.45, Markesh Woodson, Fountain-Ft. Carson (Fountain, Colo.), 2012
7. 10.47, Kedrick Davis, Berry Academy (Charlotte, N.C.), 2012
8. 10.48, Volvick Vassor, Northeast (Oakland Park, Fla.), 2012
9. 10.50, Jermy Smith, Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), 2012
9. 10.50, Tevin Hester, Granville Central (Stem, N.C.), 2012

Wind-aided/NWI additions
1. 10.05, Bracy
2. 10.34, Trae Armstrong, Deer Valley (Glendale, Ariz.), 2012
2. 10.34, Burrell
4. 10.35, Tyner
5. 10.37, Smith
5. 10.37, Dante Taylor, Plano East (Plano, Texas), 2012
7. 10.39, Eric Hawkins, Longview (Longview, Texas), 2012
8. 10.42, Abraham Hall, South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, Texas), 2012
9. 10.44, Devin Wannamaker, Lower Richland (Hopkins, S.C.), 2012
9. 10.44, Demetris Ates, Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), 2012
9. 10.44, Warren Marshall, Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.), 2012

National Record: 20.13, Roy Martin, Roosevelt (Dallas, Texas), 1985
2011 Best: 20.62, Sean McLean, Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 20.82, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012
2. 20.89, Trae Armstrong, Deer Valley (Glendale, Ariz.), 2012
3. 21.00, Jermaine Authorlee, North Shore (Galena Park, Texas), 2012
4. 21.05, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
5. 21.09, Aldrich Bailey, Timberview (Arlington, Texas), 2012
5. 21.09, Kahlil Anderson, South Broward (Hollywood, Fla.), 2013
7. 21.10, Eric Hawkins, Longview (Longview, Texas), 2012
8. 21.11, Khalfani Muhammad, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), 2013
9. 21.12, Eli Hall-Thompson, Morton Ranch (Katy, Texas), 2013
10. 21.16, Raymond Bozmans, Fort Collins (Fort Collins, Colo.), 2012
10. 21.16, Kendal Williams, Stanton Coll. Prep (Jacksonville, Fla.), 2014

1. 20.76, Hall-Thompson
2. 20.91, Authorlee
3. 21.05, Bozmans
4. 21.09, Devin Jenkins, Kapolei (Kapolei, Hawaii), 2012
5. 21.10, Hawkins
6. 21.15, Williams
7. 21.16, James Harrington, Cedar Falls (Cedar Falls, Iowa), 2012

National Record: 44.69, Darrell Robinson, Wilson (Tacoma, Wash.), 1982
2011 Best: 46.01, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 46.01, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012
2. 46.07, Kavahra Holmes, Beaux Bridge (Breaux Bridge, Fla.), 2012
3. 46.43, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012
4. 46.53, Aldrich Bailey, Timberview (Arlington, Texas), 2012
5. 46.79, Richard Gary, Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas), 2012
6. 46.95, Darryl Bush, Woodbury (Woodbury, N.J.), 2012
7. 47.04, Ayrian Evans, Morrow (Morrow, Ga.), 2012
8. 47.05, Marcus Chambers, Foss (Tacoma, Wash.), 2013
9. 47.15, Michael Newton, Kell (Marietta, Ga.), 2013
10. 47.18, Drevian Young, Nimitz (Houston, Texas), 2013

Boys 110H
National Record: 13.08, Wayne Davis, Southeast (Raleigh, N.C.), 2009
2011 Best: 13.36, Jonathan Cabral, Agoura (Agoura Hills, Calif.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 13.63, Artie Burns, Northwestern (Miami, Fla.), 2013
2. 13.69, Jonathan Jones, Carrollton (Carrollton, Ga.), 2012
3. 13.70, Donovan Robertson, Berea (Berea, Ohio), 2012
4. 13.73, Drake Johnson, Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mi.), 2012
5. 13.79, Randy Bermea, Harlingen (Harlingen, Texas), 2012
6. 13.80, Jordan Moore, Union Grove (McDonough, Ga.), 2012
7. 13.90, Devon Allen, Brophy Prep (Ariz.), 2013
8. 13.91, Dondre Echols, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md), 2012
9. 13.93, Chris Caldwell, Lafayette (Wildwood, Mo.), 2012
10. 13.99, Isaac Williams, Willingboro (Willingboro, N.J.), 2012

1. 13.65, Jones
2. 13.71, Bermea
3. 13.91, Chris Armstrong, East Central (San Antonio, Texas), 2013
4. 13.93, Morel Pitts, Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), 2012
5. 13.96, Tequille Jackson, Plano East (Plano, Texas), 2012
6. 13.98, Jermaine Collier, Trenton Central (Trenton, N.J.), 2012

Boys 300H
National Record: 35.02, Reggie Wyatt, La Sierra (Riverside, Calif.), 2009
2011 Best: 35.76, Jonathan Cabral, Agoura (Agoura Hills, Calif.), 2011

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 36.43, Eric Futch, Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.), 2012
2. 36.46, Randy Bermea, Harlingen (Harlingen, Texas), 2012
3. 36.60, Artie Burns, Northwestern (Miami, Fla.), 2013
4. 36.90, Donovan Robertson, Berea (Berea, Ohio), 2012
5. 37.18, DeMarquis Mims, Lancaster (Lancaster, Texas), 2012
6. 37.32, RJ Rilwan, Park (Cottage Grove, Minn.), 2012
7. 37.33, Maurice Dix, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2013
8. 37.36, Christopher Grinley, Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.), 2013
9. 37.39, Jonathan Jones, Carrollton (Carrollton, Ga.), 2012
10. 37.44, Jehu Chesson, Ladue Horton Watkins (St. Louis, Mo.), 2012

Boys 400H
National Record: 49.38, Kenneth Ferguson, Mumford (Detroit, Mich.), 2002
2011 Best: 51.67, Eric Futch, Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.), 2012

2011 season best, name, school, class
1. 51.67, Eric Futch, Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.), 2012
2. 51.89, Artie Burns, Northwestern (Miami, Fla.), 2013
3. 52.10, Randy Bermea, Harlingen (Harlingen, Texas), 2012
4. 52.21, Jermaine Collier, Trenton Central (Trenton, N.J.), 2012
5. 52.38, Jonathan Russell, Broad Run (Ashburn, Va.), 2012
6. 52.72, George Flaviano, Digital Harbor (Baltimore, Md.), 2013
7. 52.81, Christopher Grinley, Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.), 2013
8. 53.16, Michael Smith, Track Phi Track Elite (Stone Mtn., Ga.), 2012
9. 53.20, Kadesh Roberts, Bay Shore (Bay Shore, N.Y.), 2012
10. 53.41, Jeremiah Obeng-Agyapong, Dewitt Clinton (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012

INDOOR EVENTS (2012 current lists as of 2/10, with top returnees from 2011 listed below)

National Record: 6.08, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
2011 Best: 6.24, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 6.08, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
2. 6.31, Chris Lewis, Lakeside (Sibley, La.), 2014
3. 6.34, Leshon Collins, Glasgow (Newark, Del.), 2012
3. 6.34, Jeryl Brazil, Loranger (Loranger, La.), 2013
5. 6.35, Tevin Hester, Granville Central (Stem, N.C.), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 6.24, Bracy
2. 6.28, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
3. 6.34, Brazil
4. 6.36, Collins
5. 6.39, Lewis

National Record: 6.57, Casey Combest, Owensboro (Owensboro, Ky.), 1999
2011 Best: 6.70, Damiere Byrd, Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.), 2011

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 6.79, Taylor Tatum, O’Dea (Seattle, Wash.), 2013
2. 6.82, Cameron Burrell, Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas), 2013
2. 6.82, Leshon Collins, Glasgow (Newark, Del.), 2012
4. 6.83, Marcus Harris, Eaglecrest (Aurora, Colo.), 2013
5. 6.84, Aldrich Bailey, Timberview (Arlington, Texas), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 6.75, Marvin Bracy, Boone (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
2. 6.77, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
3. 6.80, Jerimy Strainge, North Broward (Coconut Creek, Fla.), 2013
4. 6.83, Harris
5. 6.85, John Patrone, University (Johnson City, Tenn.), 2012

National Record: 20.69, Xavier Carter, Palm Bay (Melbourne, Fla.), 2004
2011 Best: 21.24, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 20.99, Aldrich Bailey, Timberview (Arlington, Texas), 2012
2. 21.35, Ahmed Ali, Hastings (Houston, Texas), 2012
3. 21.48, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012
4. 21.62, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012
5. 21.64, Teyvon Jacobs, Suitland (Forestville, Md.), 2013

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 21.24, Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
2. 21.31, Michael Blake, Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), 2013
3. 21.49, Justin Burke, First Colonial (Virginia Beach, Va.), 2012
4. 21.53, Wayne Gordon, Sweet Home (Amhearst, N.Y.), 2012
5. 21.60, Jermaine Authorlee, North Shore (Galena Park, Texas), 2012

National Record: 33.19, William Reed, Central (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1986
2011 Best: 34.20, Andre Jordan, Medgar Evers (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2011

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 33.56, Eric Futch, Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.), 2012
2. 33.93, Champ Page, Henry A. Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 2012
3. 33.94, Teyvon Jacobs, Suitland (Forestville, Md.), 2013
4. 34.32, Damian Smith, Green Run (Virginia Beach, Va.), 2012
5. 34.56, Da’Quan Smalls, Knightdale (Knightdale, N.C.), 2012
5. 34.56, Justin Burke, First Colonial (Virginia Beach, Va.), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 34.70, Burke
2. 34.71, Jacobs
3. 34.73, Michael Blake, Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), 2013
4. 34.76, Andy Nicholas, Midwood (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2012
5. 34.78, Ismail El-Amin, Wilson Magnet (Rochester, N.Y.), 2012

National Record: 45.92, Elzie Coleman, Newburgh Free Acad. (Newburgh, N.Y.) 2004
2011 Best: 47.45, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 47.05, Aldrich Bailey, Timberview (Arlington, Texas), 2012
2. 47.90, Richard Gary, Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas), 2012
3. 48.14, Isaiah Duke, Edmond Memorial (Edmond, Okla.), 2012
4. 48.30, Eric Nathanial, Parkview Magnet (Little Rock, Ark.), 2013
5. 48.31, Demarquis Mims, Lancaster (Lancaster, Texas), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 47.45, Arman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012
2. 47.54, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012
3. 47.67, Michael Newton, Kell (Marietta, Ga.), 2013
4. 47.93, Champ Page, Henry A. Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 2012
5. 47.98, Bailey

National Record: 1:01.68, Strymar Livingston, Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012
2011 Best: 1:02.22, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012
2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 1:01.68, Strymar Livingston, Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012
2. 1:02.16, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012
3. 1:03.71, Champ Page, Henry A. Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 2012
4. 1:04.44, Michael Cherry, Oscar F. Smith (Chesapeake, Va.), 2013
5. 1:04.46, Steven Gayle, Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), 2013
**-Not accepted for record purposes due to video revealing running outside lane.

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 1:02.22, Glass
2. 1:02.88, Livingston
3. 1:04.23, Zavon Watkins, Liverpool (Liverpool, N.Y.), 2012
4. 1:04.64, Page
5. 1:05.02, Kenneth Williams, Woodrow Wilson (Portsmouth, Va.), 2012

National Record: 1:17.58, Strymar Livingston, Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012
2011 Best: 1:17.64, Strymar Livingston, Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 1:17.58, Strymar Livingston, Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.), 2012
2. 1:19.20, Zavon Watkins, Liverpool (Liverpool, N.Y.), 2012
3. 1:19.58, Haneef Hardy, Swenson Arts & Tech. (Philadelphia, Pa.), 2012
4. 1:19.97, Giancarlo Sainato, Colonie Central (Albany, N.Y.), 2012
5. 1:20.47, Najee Glass, St. Peters (Jersey City, N.J.), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 1:17.64, Livingston
2. 1:19.47, Robert Rhodes, Boys and Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2012
3. 1:20.47, Andre Rolim, Somerville (Somerville, Mass.), 2013
4. 1:20.90, Sainato
5. 1:22.06, Jair Cruikshank, Nashoba Reg. (Bolton, Mass.), 2012

National Record: 7.05, Wayne Davis, Southeast (Raleigh, N.C.), 2009
2011 Best: 7.16, Demetrius Lindo, Coolidge (Washington, D.C.), 2011

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 7.17, Dondre Echols, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.), 2012
2. 7.25, Trey Holloway, Grassfield (Chesapeake, Va.), 2012
3. 7.28, Jordan Moore, Union Grove (McDonough, Ga.), 2012
4. 7.33, Jermaine Collier, Trenton Central (Trenton, N.J.), 2012
5. 7.37, Kenneth Walker, John F. Kennedy (La Palma, Calif.), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 7.46, Walker
2. 7.47, Mark Jones, Hackensack (Hackensack, N.J.), 2013
3. 7.50, Echols
4. 7.51, Holloway
5. 7.53, Michael Smith, Salem (Virginia Beach, Va.), 2012
5. 7.53, Ben Bowers, Conant (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), 2012

National Record: 7.60, Wayne Davis, Southeast (Raleigh, N.C.), 2009
2011 Best: 7.71, Demetrius Lindo, Coolidge (Washington, D.C.), 2011

2012 season best, name, school, class
1. 7.87, Chris Williams, Strath Haven (Wallingford, Pa.), 2012
2. 7.91, Devin Field, Lancaster (Lancaster, Texas), 2013
3. 7.94, Drake Johnson, Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mi.), 2012
4. 7.96, Bryce Grace, Adams (Dallas, Texas), 2012
4. 7.96, Donovan Robertson, Berea (Berea, Ohio), 2012

Top 2011 returnees entering 2012
1. 7.82, Jordan Moore, Union Grove (McDonough, Ga.), 2012
2. 7.87, Williams
3. 7.92, Kenneth Walker, John F. Kennedy (La Palma, Calif.), 2012
4. 7.93, Robertson
5. 7.94, Johnson
5. 7.94, Jonathan Jones, Carrollton (Carrollton, Ga.), 2012

1/6-1/8 Weekend Meet Sheet

January, 6, 2012

January 6-8, 2011
Major Meets

HISPANIC GAMES, Friday-Saturday
The Armory, New York, NY
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Overview: The meet of the weekend is highlighted with a great girls mile (a Millrose Games qualifier), featuring four of the best girls in the country: 4:43.92 1600 runner (and 800 megastar) Ajee Wilson NJ, frosh class 1500 record setter (4:17.84) Mary Cain NY, defending Millrose champ Samantha Nadel, and 4:43.91 miler (2010) Kelsey Margey NY. That’s only the beginning of the list of talent assembled at The Armory. The numerous other US leaders or stars from 2011 getting their 2012’s under way include long sprinters Najee Glass NJ, Eric Futch PA and Kadecia Baird NY (both US#1 300), dashers Myasia Jacobs NJ (2011 NBIN 60 champ) and Ronald Darby MD (2011 NBIN 200 champ), distance runners Dan Lennon NY and Brianna Nerud (current US#1 miler, but in the 3k), US#1 long jumper Shakeela Saunders VA, and many others.

LSU CLASSIC, Friday-Saturday
Carl Maddox Fieldhouse, Baton Rouge LA
Overview: While the advent of the Texas A&M meet the same weekend has cut down on the Texas crowd a bit, this is still a huge season-opening meet for (primarily) schools in the South and Southeast regions. Multi-event superstar Kendell Williams GA is entered in the HJ, LJ, and 55H; she won two of those in 2011. Dasher Jeryl Brazil LA (6.34 55 in ’11), quarter miler Michael Newton GA (48.79 in, 47.15 out in ’11), and sprinter Jada Martin TN (24.36i in ’11) are just a few of the elites entered.

TEXAS A&M CLASSIC, Friday-Saturday
Gilliam Indoor Stadium, College Station TX
Overview: Lots of elite Texans plus a few from surrounding states converge on this still-new facility with its fast 200 banked track, most making their seasonal debuts. It will be interesting to see how the boys and girls 200s and 400s stack up with the Hispanic Games in New York; World Youth finalist Aldrich Bailey TX and 46.79 400 runner (outdoors) Richard Gary are among the boys entries, while 53.03 (outdoor) 400 star Courtney Okolo TX is among the girls’ best while Aaliyah Brown is coming down from Illinois. In the jumps, USATF Junior and Pan Am Junior champ Devin Field TX – still just a junior – will be opening.

DARTMOUTH RELAYS, Friday-Sunday (Preps are Fri.-Sat.)
Leverone Fieldhouse, Dartmouth NH
Meet’s Own Site | LIVE RESULTS
Overview: This long-standing fixture (this is 43rd annual) draws from many northeastern and New England states, and also includes collegiate, open and masters competition. Some top entries include long sprinters Kyle Plante NY (38.87 300 in ’11), Precious Holmes (US#5 53.16 400 out in ’11) and the Hillhouse CT relays (US#2 3:59.87 outdoor SMR in ’11), the Molly Keating-led LaSalle RI distance crew and the Lizzie Predmore-led Shenendehowa NY distance crew, sprinter/jumpers Carla Forbes MA (US#2 in out TJ in ’11, NBIN LJ champ) and Mollie Gribbin VT (4 state titles in ’11), and long sprinter Andre Rolim MA (current US#1 600).

PG Sportsplex, Landover MD
Meet’s Own Site
Overview: Generally the biggest invite of the year at the former home of the Nike Indoor Nationals, the meet is a magnet for Virginians and other nearby athletes in addition to the home state. The meet typically has impressive distance and 500 fields, and Virginian Foot Locker All-Americans Ahmed Bile VA (mile), Sean McGorty VA (2-mile), and Sophie Chase VA (2-mile) are entered. Old Mill MD sr Alexis Franklin (55H) and Archbishop DC sr Kiah Seymour (500) are threats to win big. Mtn View VA sr Kim Ficenec could take both the girls mile and HJ.

Boo Williams Sportsplex, Hampton VA
Overview: One of two large meets and a few somewhat smaller ones pulling in Virginia’s deep indoor corps, this one will feature the likes of US#1 putter Kiara Howell (46-7) and 55 dasher Ayo Raymond (6.43), super soph 55 hurdler Chantel Ray (US#2 8.04), veteran 500 specialist Genamarie McCant (top 10 US all four years), and versatile combo sprinter Justin Burke.

Freeman Center, Newport News VA
Meet’s Own Site
Overview: Another of the slew of strong Virginia meets this weekend, this one features Foot Locker Finalist and 4:48 1600-runner Megan Moye and short/long sprinter Kenneth Williams (6.45 55, 49.97 400 this winter), among others.

Mackel Fieldhouse, Kingston RI
Meet’s Own Site
Overview: Attracting mostly in-state and Connecticut athletes to the University of Rhode Island, some of the top entries include Hope RI sr jumps/sprints/hurdles star Royal Cheatham and US#1 weight thrower and Classical RI sr Joe Velez.

High School Track/XC Stories of the Year

December, 23, 2011
Lukas Verzbicas and Edward CheserekJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSLukas Verzbicas and Edward Cheserek, shown here after the epic NBIN 2-mile where they went 8:40.70 and 8:42.66, between them grabbed headlines all year long.
From the fast distance runs by Lukas Verzbicas and shot put USRs by Ryan Crouser in February to the sizzling battle between Edward Cheserek and Futsum Zeinasellasie at Foot Locker in December, 2011 was definitely a year to remember. Here are DyeStat's Top Stories:

Lukas Verzbicas: Distance Dominator

After beginning the 2010-11 school year with an unprecedented Nike Cross Nationals and Foot Locker XC double, Carl Sandburg (Orland Park, Ill.) senior Lukas Verzbicas achieved something even greater when he became the first to triple in the 5,000 meters, two-mile and mile in an indoor or outdoor prep championship at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York.

Verzbicas set a prep record in the 5,000 meters (14:06.78) Thursday, then ran the second fastest two-mile in history (8:40.70) and kicked to a 4:10.67 mile victory on Sunday. In outdoor track, he only competed twice but made history each time. He lowered the prep two-mile record to 8:29.46 at the Prefontaine Classic, then ripped a 3:59.71 to win the Adidas Grand Prix Dream Mile in New York, becoming the fifth prep to break 4:00.

Verzbicas signed with Oregon, but he spent less than two months with the Ducks this fall, leaving to pursue of his dream of making the Olympics in the triathlon.

Fayetteville-Manlius Girls’ Cross Country Perseveres

While gunning for its sixth straight Nike Cross Nationals title this fall, the Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.) girls’ cross country team lost two of its five top returning runners to injury, including 2010 NXN runner-up Christie Rutledge. And head coach Bill Aris was dealing with the passing of his father.

But the team stayed strong and rallied behind junior Jillian Fanning, who finished fourth individually at NXN, to hold off a challenge from powerful in-state rival Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) and triumph once again at Portland Meadows. The squad also finished No. 1 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Throws Titan Ryan Crouser Sets Two USRs Despite Injury

Despite injury issues that caused him to miss more than a month of action outdoors and relegated him to throwing from a standing position to win a state meet shot/discus double, Sam Barlow (Gresham, Ore.) senior Ryan Crouser still had an epic 2011 that included three national records. Foremost were an earth-shaking 77-2.75 indoor shot put USR at the Simplot Games in February and a 237-6 outdoor discus USR at an open meet in Oregon in July (also part of the best shot/discus double ever).

Four Multi-events U.S. Records For Gunnar Nixon

Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.) senior Gunnar Nixon set out in 2011 to surpass every track and field multis event available to him and by the end of June had done so in style, earning the Gatorade National Track and Field Athlete of the Year award. In March, he hammered home the final stretch of the event-ending 1000 meters to take the pentathlon record by a single point. Between April and June, he eclipsed marks set by Curtis Beach in 2009 in all three decathlons available to preps – with open/collegiate hurdles, shot put and discus (7,524 pts. at Arcadia Invite in April), with high school hurdles, shot put and discus (8,035 points at Great Southwest Classic in June), and with “Junior” hurdles, shot put and discus (7,748 points at the USATF Juniors, also in June).

Ed Cheserek: 7 Course Records In 7 Races, Then National Title

St. Benedict’s (Newark, N.J.) junior Ed Cheserek was expected to be the top cross-country runner in the country in 2011 and didn’t disappoint. He set course records in his first seven races, through the Foot Locker Northeast Regional, topping superlative standards at nationally renowned venues like Van Cortlandt Park and Sunken Meadow in New York, and Holmdel Park in New Jersey. At the Foot Locker Finals in San Diego, he held off a great challenge from North Central (Indianapolis) senior Futsum Zeinasellassie – a fast friend and fierce rival, who was also unbeaten – to capture the title by less than a second in 14:52.

Six Golds for Team USA at World Youth Champs in France

Team USA’s high school stars earned six gold medals and 16 total medals at the IAAF World Youth Championships (athletes under-18), a week-long event in Lille, France. Golds were captured by Neptune (N.J.) junior Ajee Wilson in the 800 (2:02.64), Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Academy (Atlanta, Ga.) junior Nnenya Hailey in the 400 hurdles (57.93), St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) junior Arman Hall in the 400 (46.01), St. Mary’s (Berkeley, Calif.) junior Trinity Wilson in the 100 hurdles (13.11 seconds), Plano East (Plano, Texas) junior Jennifer Madu in the 100 dash (11.57), and the Team USA boys medley relay (World Youth record 1:49.47).

Chapus, Weissenbach Form Stunning Distance Duo in California

Juniors Amy Weissenbach and Cami Chapus became arguably the greatest girls distance duo ever at any high school with their spring/summer individual and collective performances. Weissenbach’s efforts were topped by a state-meet winning 2:02.04 800, #3 in prep history and best-ever in a high-school only race, which was a huge reason why she won the Gatorade National Track and Field Athlete of the Year award. Chapus became the nation’s top miler (4:42.71), as well as #1 at 1500 meters (4:17.12) and #2 at 1600 meters (4:40.88). Together, they were bookends on the distance medley relay team that destroyed the US record at New Balance Outdoor Nationals by nine seconds with an 11:22.23 clocking.

Aisling Cuffe’s Titles, Records Earn DyeStat Athlete of the Year

Cornwall Central (Cornwall, N.Y.) senior Aisling Cuffe added to her dominant Foot Locker Finals triumph in late 2010 (which earned her the Gatorade Cross-Country Athlete of the Year award) with indoor and outdoor track national championship performances that ultimately earned her DyeStat’s AOY award. She captured the New Balance Indoor Nationals 2M in March with 9:56.85, 2nd-fastest in prep history, then blasted a 9:54.22 national record for the same distance at New Balance Outdoor Nationals

Girls Year of the Javelin

Every now and then, a single event in track and field witnesses a confluence of outstanding performers in a single year that are so good that they collectively deserve recognition. In the girls javelin in 2011, Legacy (North Las Vegas, Nev.) junior Avione Allgood took down the national record with a heave of 176-8, and was one of four to better 173 feet as she and Chander (Chandler, Ariz.) senior Hannah Carson, Othello (Othello, Wash.) senior Christine Kirkwood, and Gresham (Gresham, Ore.) soph Haley Crouser finished the year 1-5-6-7 on the all-time list.

Morgann LeLeux Vaults to 5 national titles, USR

Generally, the more tests a top-ranked national athlete undertakes, the greater the chance of picking up one or more defeats becomes. But during a year where she also struggled mightily with Epstein-Barr Virus, pole vaulting Catholic (New Iberia, La.) senior Morgann LeLeux was everywhere and suffered nary a loss. She claimed both the New Balance Indoor and Outdoor national titles, the USATF Junior crown, and the Junior Olympic championships under both the AAU and USATF banners. The third of those also qualified her for the Pan American Juniors, in which she was also victorious. And if that wasn’t enough, she broke the US outdoor record with a 14-2.75 at her region meet in April.
Earlier this week, the USTFCCCA (that's the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association) recognized the NCAA Division I all-region teams, revealing cream of the college crop for 2011. It also offered a chance to examine where those athletes went to high school -- and which states are contributing the most Division I talent.

Making the all-region is a byproduct of placing in the top 25 in one of the nine regional meets across the country last Saturday.

That means 450 athletes make the all-region teams, a list that skims the cream off the top of Division I cross country. And while it may not be exactly the 450 best ( because not all of the regions are equal), there is information here that may be eye-opening for high school athletes and coaches thinking about the next level.

The West Regional produced the fastest winning times, the fastest 20th place finishes and fastest 50th place finishes. That could be an indication that it was held on the easiest course, but it also indicates the level of talent in the West. Six women's teams from the West are ranked in the Top 30 nationally as well as four men's teams.

The deepest region for women may be the Great Lakes, where the top 50 finished within 81 seconds. The region with the fewest spaces up front for the men was the Mid-Atlantic Region, where the first and 50th finisher were separated by 84 seconds.

So where do the 450 all-region runners come from? Where is the fertile recruiting ground?

It may not come as a surprise that there are more Kenyans on the list (35) than there are Texans (30) or Californians (27). Additionally, 40 of the runners (or close to one-tenth) come from European countries. And 25 more come from Australia, New Zealand or Canada.

Would you believe that Pennsylvania produced more men on the list (12) than New York (8) or Illinois (8)? It's true. The Keystone state trails only California (15) and Texas (15). Also, 10 come from Indiana and nine hail from Georgia.

The women's list doesn't follow the same pattern. Texas (15) produces the most, which may seem odd because the state only runs 3,200-meter races for high school girls. Twelve of the 15 go to universities within Texas.

Ohio, the source of three of the men on the list, produces the same number of women (12) as California.

After Ohio and California, New York (11) and Michigan (11) are next, followed by New Jersey (10).

Pennsylvania, represented by 12 men, has just five women on the list. Iowa has six women, no men.

Here is a combined (men and women) breakdown by state or country where the athlete went to high school. Five states that did not make this list are Hawaii, Vermont, Delaware, Arkansas and Montana.

Kenya 35, Texas 30, California 27, New York 19, Michigan 17, Pennsylvania 17, Indiana 16, Ohio 15, New Jersey 15, Illinois 15, England 13, Georgia 11, Colorado 10, Utah 10, Virginia 10, Canada 10, Arizona 9, Connecticut 9, Australia 8, Minnesota 8, New Zealand 8, Missouri 7, Massachusetts 7, Florida 7, Tennessee 6, North Carolina 6, Washington 6, Iowa 6, Wisconsin 5, Ireland 5, Maryland 5, New Mexico 4, New Hampshire 4, Alabama 4, Germany 3, Uganda 3, West Virginia 3, Nevada 3, Norway 3, Kansas 3, South Carolina 3, Oregon 3, Wyoming 3, Nebraska 3, Kentucky 3, France 2, Belgium 2, Sweden 2, Idaho 2, Oklahoma 2, South Dakota 2, Mississippi 2, The Netherlands 2, Scotland 1, Maine 1, Czech Rep. 1, Rhode Island 1, Ethiopia 1, Venezuela 1, Zambia 1, Alaska 1, North Dakota 1, Portugal 1, Louisiana 1, South Africa 1, Estonia 1, Serbia 1 , Switzerland 1.