Pacific track and field records and their 2014 shelf life
Already, three Pacific track marks have tumbled, the boys 400 relay, 800 and 1,600; which other are on the endangered list?
With the boys Pacific track and field 400-meter relay and 800- and 1,600-meter runs having already undergone rewrite, here’s a look at the entire region record book, which standards are safe and which ones are on the endangered list. Boys first, then girls. Sports Blog will do this a couple more times before Far East.
100 meters, 10.54 (hand), Andre Watson, Kubasaki, 2011. Rating: On life support. Rahman Farnell of Kubasaki has posted three sub-11s this season, including an other-worldly 10.14 on the stopwatch with an illegal tailwind; still, the fastest ever recorded in the Pacific under any circumstances.
200, 21.4 (hand), shared by Watson, Yokota’s Preston Brooks and Kenny Elder. Rating: Possible; Farnell is within shouting distance, but it’ll take a bit more work – and a very, very special run – to reach it.
400, 48.9, Tim Gardner, Yokota, 1988. Rating: Safe. Folks at Yokota could ask Gardner’s coach, John Thek – who still teaches at Yokota – about that run, the only time Gardner ever ran the 400.
800, 1:56.89, Daniel Galvin, Yokota, 2014. Rating: Dead on arrival. The question now is, how fast can Galvin go? And are there others out there poised to join the six runners who have run sub-2 minutes, such as Kadena’s Hunter Ficenec.
1,600, 4:23.42, Galvin, Yokota, 2014. Rating: Dead on arrival. Sports Blog initially had Galvin beating this mark sometime during his junior or senior year. Clearly, the sophomore refused to wait that long.
3,200, 9:31, Roger Olson, Christian Academy Japan, 1974. Rating: Set in stone; nobody’s touching that, not even Galvin.
110 hurdles, 14.1, Eric Robinson, Kadena, 2006. Rating: Safe.
300 hurdles, 39.14, Randall O’Bannon, Kubasaki, 2008. Rating: Safe.
400 relay, 42.9, Kubasaki, 2014. Rating: On life support. It’s a matter of time before the Dragons do it again; in Farnell, Mitchell, Johann Wright, DeQuan Alderman and Winston Maxwell, they have too much speed not to.
1,600 relay, 3:24.6, Kadena, 2004. Rating: Safe.
3,200 relay, 8:13.6, Singapore American, 1991. Rating: Safe.
All boys field events are set in stone, though Yokota freshman Christian Sonnenberg says he has the discus mark of 50.65 in his sights, maybe not this season, but in future years.
100, 11.5 (hand), Jackie Richards, Kubasaki, 2001. Rating: Set in stone; nobody’s touching that.
200, 25.03 (hand), Lorianne Roxas, Kubasaki, 2003. Rating: Approachable, given the 25.81 run in the Far East meet preliminaries last year by American School In Japan's Liz Thornton..
400, 57.20, Jenny Melsom, Singapore American, 2001. Rating: Set in stone.
800, 2:19.4, Nylin, Yokohama International, 1996. Rating: Set in stone.
1,600, 5:23.26, Jessica Ircink, Kubasaki, 2013. Rating: Set in stone; Ircink was a once-in-10-years miler.
3,200, 11:48.1, Sakuma, Seisen International, 2004. Rating: Set in stone.
100 hurdles, 15.2, Serafina Smith, Kubasaki, 2004. Rating: Set in stone.
300 hurdles, 46.97, Stefani Loisel, Guam High, 2014. Rating: Long shot. Halima Sesay of Kinnick has a shot, but it will take a special run to do it.
400 relay, 49.17, Kadena, 2012. Rating: Possible, and Nile C. Kinnick just might be the one to add to their record haul. See next entry.
1,600 relay, 4:03.38, Kinnick, 2013. Rating: Possible, even though the fastest Kinnick has run the event this season is 4:14. The Red Devils always save best for last.
All field events are safe except for high jump, which is a very, very long shot. Personal best by Jasmine Rhodes of Kadena is 5-foot-3; the Pacific mark is 5-4½ set by Singapore American’s Erin Bailey in 1995.