Two all-time state records in boys track and field records nearly fell on the same day when White River runner Marcus Dickson and Heritage javelin thrower Sean Keller produced big efforts 200 miles apart last Saturday.
At the Shoreline Invitational, Dickson turned in the nation’s fastest 800-meter time this season, winning in 1 minute, 49.45 seconds. The White River senior barely missed the state record of 1:49.41, set in 1997 by Lindbergh’s John Cote.
At the Centennial Invitational in Gresham, Ore., Keller was even more impressive in shattering his own javelin state record by 12 feet when he threw 244 feet, 1 inch — best in the nation this year and only an inch short of the all-time, in-season national high school record. The throw qualified him for the Olympic Trials in June.
Here’s more from The Columbian in Vancouver on Keller’s big performance:
Keller wasn’t even the first prep athlete to break an all-time state track record this spring. Pole vaulter Anandae Clark of Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls), near Spokane, set a girls record of 13 feet at the Pasco Invitational in April.
Here’s a look at boys and girls track and field state leaders this season, and the all-time state records. Gerry Lindgren’s 1,600- and 3,200-meter boys marks, set in 1964, are the oldest on record.