McGill’s record breaking run highlights Amarillo Meet of Champions day one
Isaac ran 9:27.5 in the 3200 meters
AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Day one of the annual 66th Amarillo Meet of Champions track and field high school competition ended with a record broken in the boys 3200 meter run. Amarillo High senior Isaac McGill ran 9:27.5 surpassing Tascosa alum Briggs Whittlake’s record set back in 2016. Last year, McGill came .07 seconds away from beating the record.
”I definitely wanted the meet record. I love Briggs and respect Briggs, but I wanted to take it from him,” said McGill. “Last year I got behind like 100ths of a seconds, so I definitely thought I had some unfinished business this year. That was the mindset going in.”
River Road’s Crawford Kiser finished second in the 3200 meters close behind in 9:33.5. McGill’s teammate, Mile Cox, took home bronze in 9:41.3. Amarillo High’s other long distance runner, Noah Watt, finished fourth just off the medal stand in 9:41.3.
Randall senior and West Texas A&M signee Kailee Benton won long jump with a personal-best 17′ 8.25″. She leaped four inches farther than Amarillo High’s Emma Rodriguez. Benton earned her a gold medal at the Amarillo Relays for a second year in-a-row.
”Going into this my PR was 17′3″. I set that last year. I think leading up practice was really good. Jumping felt great,” said Benton. “My PR today was 17′8″ my very last attempt, so it felt great.”
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