THE ALL-TIME PREP LISTS saw some major changes in January, most notably with new national girls records in the vault and 300:
Moll Breaks The 15-Foot Barrier
“Which Moll?” you may well ask, since Capital High in Olympia, Washington, has two of them. Actually, both of the senior twins got in on the record action at Reno’s Pole Vault Summit.
Amanda was the first over 14-9½ (4.51) bettering her own HSR of 14-9 (4.50) on her first attempt. In the third round Hana matched her for a share of the record. Briefly. With the standards raised to 15-1½ (4.61) Amanda had a nice clearance on her first try to gain solo ownership of the record (and the American Junior standard). Hana missed three times. Amanda wrapped up the competition (beating a field of pros) by missing at 15-3 (4.65).
Two weeks later at the UW Invitational in Seattle it was Hana’s turn to come out on top, solidifying her grip on the No. 2 position all-time with a first-try make at a PR 14-10¾ (4.54) before missing at a record 15-1¾ (4.62). Amanda settled for 2nd at 14-6¾ (4.44).
300 Record For Shawnti Jackson
A threat at a myriad of sprint distances, Shawnti Jackson (South Granville, Creedmoor, North Carolina) opened her senior campaign with a hot 300 at the VA Showcase, lowering the national record to 36.63. “I wasn’t expecting to get it, because it was my season opener,” she said. The old record of 36.82 was set by Sydney McLaughlin in ’17.
Two weeks later, although failing to lower her own record against a field of pros at the Dr. Sander Invitational she was under the previous standard in her 36.73 win.
Sophia Gorriaran Busy-Busy-Busy
Got a meet? Sophia Gorriaran (Brown, Providence, Rhode Island) might be there. Last year’s No. 3 All-America in the 800 opened her senior year with a pair of December meets, producing the No. 7-at-the-time performances in both the 500 (1:11.45) and 800 (2:02.27). She also tackled the 3000 in the first of those meets in 9:48.19 for 2nd.
The VA Showcase 500 went to Gorriaran with the No. 6 performance ever, 1:11.35. She claimed a major scalp in beating Jackson’s PR 1:11.94. The next day Gorriaran won the 800 in 2:03.16.
She closed her January with the No. 2 mark ever in the 1000, 2:39.83, finishing 4th against pros at the Sander meet. Gorriaran just missed Juliette Whittaker’s year-old national record of 2:39.41.
In a 600 in Chicago, Andrew Regnier (Waunakee, Wisconsin) ran 1:17.52 (2, 2 HS) to beat the 1:18.50 (9, x HS) by Nathan Cumberbatch (Shorewood, Wisconsin)…
The same meet saw a high-end 2M with Jackson Heidesch (Dowling, West Des Moines, Iowa) at 8:42.60 (4,4 HS) and Connor Burns (Southern Boone, Ashland, Missouri) at 8:48.53 (12 HS)…
Nyckoles Harbor (Carroll, Washington, DC) was hot in Lubbock, running 6.64 (=11, x HS) and 20.76 (5, 5 HS)…
A 1:49.60 by Alex Leath (Vestavia Hills, Alabama) rates as the No. 6 time ever.