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25th anniversary Simplot
Feb 13-15 Pocatello ID
DyeStat on-site coverage by Rich Gonzalez
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Super Saturday at Simplot
Welcome to the Lion's Den! The gloves come in Simplot Indoor Games finals are set! Kilmartin, Abney, Hastings, Felix, LB Wilson, LB Poly, Logan, United Stars and more are ready in America's jewel meet. Some Saturday morning semis, then a bevy of hot showdowns. Starting blocks and spikes were not allowed in prelims, but athletes will be fully prepared Saturday! All-around phenom Donovan Kilmartin (he starts four finals within 45 minutes Saturday!), dash wiz Allyson Felix (60m, 200m) and pole vaulter Julene Bailey compete unattached.
Speed City TC (LB Poly) and Union City Logan, two California powers, topped the 4x200 girls qualifying, in 1:40.95 and 1:41.49, respectively. Logan had to beat relays juggernaut Long Beach Wilson (dropped baton, (1:46.48) head-on in its heat! Yikes! United Stars TC (PA) blazes to 1:42.92. The final will smoke!!!
On the boys' side, Transit Tech of New York squandered a blistering pace with a botched anchor-leg exchange and was disqualified (DATAC of Denver was best in 1:31.66). The Transit Tech crew (above) rebounded to post the top 4x400 qualifying time in 3:26.51. Not many notes today, but figure on many taking shape on Saturday!

First day action reported by Rich Gonzalez
Boys 1600 prelims (Oh Canada!)
Five of 11 best qualifiers are our northern neighbors. Alex McClary (Wash) tops qualifying in 4:25.19! Utah's Steve Shepherd makes tactical mistake, is eliminated from contention into the "A" heat final.
Girls 1600 prelims ("I went with it in prelims.")
Faced with grueling upcoming schedule, Mtn. View's (UT) Heidi Houle seizes prelims chance with 5:04.41! Valley Christian's (CA) Amanda Thornberry looks super in 5:09.04 to now assume favorite's role.
Boys weight throw ("The record's coming!")
Nick Owens (WA) misses PR, but says he feels the national record is only a matter of time! Leif Arrhenius (UT) performs well to hurl the implement to a lifetime competition PR.
Girls weight throw ("Not quite what I wanted.")
Della Clark and Marie Stringer, a pair of Georgians, claim top places but feel a bit dissatisfied. Local frosh Sarah Cardinal (Blackfoot TC) places fourth in front of hometown crowd.
Heidi Houle
Della Clark and Marie Stringer

photos by Rich Gonzalez
Allyson Felix, Natasha Hastings, Donovan Kilmartin, Julene Bailey, Melville Rogers, Shalonda Solomon, Mackenzie Hill, Ashley Freeman, Tiffany Abney, Adam Demming and Nick Owens lead a huge cast for the 25th anniversary Simplot. Entries include a big California delegation and top athletes from Philadelphia, Kansas City, New York, the Northwest and the mountain states. Felix is gunning for a 24.20 200m to qualify for the USATF National Indoors in Boston next month.



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