|Julene Bailey soars 12-6.5 for Simplot
pole vault record
POCATELLO ID 2/16/02 -- A bunch of doubles were featured, with
plenty of national ranking marks. Impressive sprint doubles
were collected by Valley Christian CA sr Rubin Williams (
CA 6.72 60m US#2 and
21.74) and Baptist Los Angeles CA jr Allyson Felix (7.45
60m US#2 and 24.11). Curtis Tacoma WA sr Courtney Jaworski
improved his US#1 800m to 1:53.92, rejecting the challenge of
Ogden UT jr Steven Shepherd 1:54.81 on the last lap.
Eagle ID jr Donovan Kilmartin high jumped 6-7 and pole
vaulted 15-9. The Zeigle twins of Utah doubled in the 1600 (Jackie
Zeigle 5:07.88) and 3200 (Laura Zeigle 10:32.42 US#3,
missing the meet record by 0.01), with freshman sister Kip
Zeigle finishing second in the 3200. Transit Tech NY
boys were strong with a double in the 4x400 3:22.87 and SMR
3:30.91 US#1. Nampa ID jr Julene Bailey broke the meet
record with a 12-6.5 PV. Montbello Denver CO jr Vicki Howard
won the 60m hurdles 8.51, fastest in the country this year,
in an unusual finish that saw her chief two competitors (Danielle
Stokes and Fatmata Fofanah) hit the last hurdle and fall on
either side of her in front of the finish line. Mountain View
UT soph Heidi Magill won a strong 800 meters of underclassmen
in 2:10.05 US#2 over A.P. Randolph NY soph Selena Sappleton
2:10.27, with Mountain View teammate Heidi Houle, a freshman,
third in 2:13.29.
POCATELLO ID 2/15/02 -- A full day of prelims qualifying for
Saturday's 3-section finals mostly followed form. There were
some surprises though: Previously unranked Diane Anderson,
Denver East CO jr, popped a 56.73 to lead the girls 400 meter
qualifiers; Mountain View UT freshman Heidi Houle got
a 4-second PR at 2:13.30 US#4 to lead an experienced gang
of 800 meter runners into the finals; James McSwain
of Nevada ran 7.00 to edge Rubin Williams CA (7.03
and 22.54) for fastest boys 60 meter qualifier, and Ogden
UT jr Steven Shepherd's 1:57.85 to lead US#1 Courtney
Jaworski WA 1:59.71 into the 800 meter finals.
Expected girls relay showdowns between United Stars
PA and Wilson Long Beach CA (aka Teekay Track Club)
fizzled when Teekay was a no-show. Self Esteem Through
Athletics, of Seattle WA, scratched from the relays due
to star 400m man Darren Woods' sore ankle, leaving
the field open to Transit Tech NY, US#3 4x400 squad.
Thursday: 1600 qualifiers led by Amber
Harper UT 5:10.11 and David Sheeran 4:29.73. Weight
throw won by Jim Steacy, Alberta 71-1 and Katy Eisbury
Friday: all prelims except
3200 meter slow sections
Saturday: all finals; 3-section
finals on time for running events.
|Some top qualifiers
(no spikes in prelims):
Boys: Rubin Williams
CA 22.54 and 7.03 60m, James McSwain NV 7.00 60m, Steven Shepherd
CO 1:57.85, Transit Tech NY 3:29.07.
Girls: Heidi Houle
UT 2:13.30 US#4, Diane Anderson CO 56.73, Allyson Felix CA 24.91
and 7.74 60m, Vicki Howard CO 8.76 60H, Karina Francis PA 7.67
POCATELLO ID 2/14/02 -- Most of the 2,000 athletes in the Simplot
Games come from the surrounding mountain states. But each year,
a significant sample of prep elites from the rest of the country
and Canada join the fray. This year's top invaders come from
New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, and Washington. .
. . Preview by John Dye
Overview of Simplot from the meet management
Each year, on the third weekend in February, the
Simplot Games offers athletes the opportunity to go head-to-head
against the finest high school competitors in the U.S and Canada.
Held in Pocatello, Idaho, Simplot Games is the
nation's premier indoor track and field event for high school athletes,
and is featured annually on national sports networks.
in the Holt Arena on the campus of Idaho State University, the Games'
unique 200 meter banked-board track is one of the fastest in the
nation. Records are broken each year at this one-of-a-kind indoor
Athletes may compete either as members of a high
school track club, or as unattached competitors, depending on their
state activity association's eligibility rules. The Games are sanctioned
by USA Track and Field (formerly TAC), and governed by that organization's
rules pertaining to track meets.
Some of the 2000 young athletes who take part in
the Simplot Games each year will go on to find glory in their college
careers. Others may even go on to the Olympics. But for everyone
who competes, the Simplot Games provides a unique and rewarding
The J.R Simplot Company, sponsor of the Games since
1979, is dedicated to providing a positive experience for all participants,
and prides itself in putting on a meet that is well organized and
officiated by a qualified, professional staff.