POCATELLO, Idaho 2/17/2012 – The girls 60-meter hurdles is shaping up to be one of the marquee attractions of Saturday's finals at the 34th annual Simplot Games.
In prelims Friday, sophomore Dior Hall of George Washington (Denver), ran a lifetime best 8.30 in the second heat of the 60 hurdles. Her race was preceded by three-time champion Trinity Wilson (St. Mary's College in Oakland, Calif.) running 8.37 in the first heat.
Hall's time is a new US#1 for 2012. She will not only get chance to meet Wilson for the first time since the U.S. Junior Championships in Eugene last June. In that race, Wilson ran 13.15 in the 100-meter hurdles and Hall, just a freshman, was second in 13.53.
Wilson ran with a wrap above her right knee and immediately went to ice her leg when her race was over.
Hall and Wilson will be joined by Sasha Wallace, Wilson's club teammate, who ran US#4 8.53, and Canadian Deshaunda Morrison, who ran 8.60. Morrison competed at the Commonwealth Youth Games last September and took bronze in the 100-meter hurdles.
There is also intrigue in the girls 60, where sophomore Hannah Cunliffe (Federal Way, Wash.) led qualifying with her 7.60. Coloradoans Chyna Ries (George Washington) and Marybeth Sant (Valor Christian) ran 7.65 and 7.67, respectively.
In the boys sprints, Byron Marshall of Valley Christian (Roseville, Calif.) ran 6.98 to lead all qualifiers, including Marcus Harris Jr. of Eaglecrest (Centennial, Colo.), Austin Mitsch of Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) and Jaylyn Mars (Mullen, Colo.).
Randhall Bennett of Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.) posted the fastest time in the 200: 22.62 seconds.
Sarah Cline of Leigh (San Jose) ran 24.87 to lead all qualifiers in the girls 200, while pre-meet favorite Kendall Baisden of Country Day (Detroit) coasted in fifth to make the final. Ellisa Bennett of Piedmont Hills (San Jose) led the 400 with 57.12.
Sophomore Ronny Hall of Serra (Gardena, Calif.) ran 50.42 for the fastest boys qualifier in the 400. Canadian Tyler Smith, the reigning champion, and Strymar Livingston of Christopher Columbus (New York City) posted the top two times in the boys 800.
In the boys 60 hurdles, Devin Field of Desoto, Texas cruised to a time of 8.07 seconds to easily secure the top time heading to Saturday's final.
There were no finals on Friday.