McGill’s record breaking run highlights Amarillo Meet of Champions day one

Isaac ran 9:27.5 in the 3200 meters
Published: Mar. 25, 2022 at 4:27 PM CDT
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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.”

Day one gold medal results from the 66th Amarillo Meet of Champions field events.
Day one gold medal results from the 66th Amarillo Meet of Champions field events.(Source: KFDA)

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