Trinity Wilson and Dallin Farnsworth are two of the athletes with a special attachment to the Simplot Games and both seniors left an enduring mark on the meet Saturday at Pocatello, Idaho’s Holt Arena.
Wilson, of St. Mary’s College (Berkeley, Calif.) thrived in a highly anticipated matchup with sophomore Dior Hall and ran the second-fastest 60-meter hurdles in prep history, 8.23 seconds.
Wilson became a four-time winner at the Simplot Games and trails only 2008 winner Jacquelyn Coward (8.16) on the all-time list.
Farnsworth made local history at the meet, pulling off perhaps the best performance by a hometown athlete in the 34 years of the meet. The crowd came alive and helped spur Farnsworth of Highland High to a meet record 9:10.36 in the 3,200 meters. That broke Josh Rohatinsky’s 12-year-old record and is all the more impressive because of Pocatello’s 4,500-foot elevation.
“Going into that last lap the stadium really helped me,” Farnsworth said. “There was screaming. The last 100 meters I was passing runners and (the crowd) was yelling at me to ‘go’ and it gave me that extra push there at the end.”
Farnsworth, who predicted a record before the meet, has participated all four years, like Wilson. He also trains on the track, located on the Idaho State University campus, frequently.
Just as Farnsworth and Pocatello freshman Elijah Armstrong – who was second – were bringing the crowd to a roar, pole vaulter Shawnacy Barber kept the buzz alive by taking national record attempts at 17 feet, 9.75 inches.
Barber, from Kingwood, Texas, got his legs and hips over on his final attempt but rubbed the bar off with his chest. He won the meet with 17-2.50.
Fellow Texan Devin Field (Desoto) won two events, including a new PR in the 60 hurdles, running US#2 7.83 seconds. Earlier, he won the long jump with a first-attempt 24-2.50.
Canadian Tyler Smith ran away from Strymar Livingston in the 800 final, smashing the meet record and winning for the second year in a row in 1:49.51. Livingston of New York City, the U.S. leader in the 500 and 600, was second in 1:51.90.
Sophomore Chyna Ries of Denver (George Washington) was injured on her winning long jump attempt (19-6) and passed on her final three attempts with a painful left shin. Ries also withdrew from the girls 60 meters, missing out on a chance to race Hannah Cunliffe and Marybeth Sant.
Sant, a junior from Valor Christian (Colorado), won in 7.48.
Xaiver McAllister from Newburgh (New York) upped his PR in the high jump, clearing 6-10 and taking three attempts at seven feet.
In a stirring boys 1,600, Brad Nye burned through the final 200 in 27.3 and ran 4:12.39. Erik Harris from Twin Falls, Idaho was a close second in 4:13.66.
Long Beach Poly (California) sophomore Ariana Washington ran a sterling US#1 in the 200 meters, clocking 23.83.