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Track: National records for Knights and Tamagno at Brooks PR Invitational
- Updated: 06/21/2014
Orange County distance standouts Bethan Knights and Austin Tamagno both set national records Saturday at the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, Washington.
Knights, the recently graduated standout from Northwood, overcame a rare final lap deficit with an impressive late surge and clocked a winning time of 9:53.54.
The time is the fastest ever in a full two mile race by a female high school runner, breaking the previous record of 9:54.22 set at the 2011 New Balance Outdoor Nationals by Aisling Cuffe of Cornwall Central High in New York.
Junior-to-be Hannah DeBalsi of Staples High in Connecticut, who took the lead from Knights during the final lap, finished second in a time of 9:55.05.
A full two mile race is about 18.6 meters (about 61 feet) longer than the 3,200 meter race which is more commonly used in high school sanctioned track competitions, including California Interscholastic Federation races.
Knights’ time (converted to 9:50.10 for 3,200 meters) is the second fastest 3,200 of all-time for high school runners.
Former Thousand Oaks star Kim Mortensen set the national 3,200 record of 9:48.59 at the 1996 CIF-SS Masters Meet.
All-Time California 3,200 Leaders
Kim Mortensen (Thousand Oaks/1996) 9:48.59
Bethan Knights (Northwood/2014) 9:50.10*
Jordan Hasay (Mission College Prep/2008) 9:52.13
Laurynne Chetelat (Davis/2008) 9:52.51
*Converted from two mile time of 9:53.54 (National Record)
In the boys’ mile race, Tamagno (4:06.67) finished a close second behind Matthew Maton of Summit High in Washington, who won in a time of 4:06.32.
Tamagno’s effort is the fastest mile (and 1,600 meter) ever run by a 16-year-old, breaking the previous record of 4:06.7 (handtime) set in 1972 by North Torrance runner Barrie Williams.
His converted 1,600 time of 4:05.24 is the fourth fastest in Orange County history.
Recent Villa Park graduate Garrett Corcoran finished 10th in the mile race in a time of 4:11.69.
OC 1,600 All-Time Leaders
1. Jantzen Oshier (Trabuco Hills/2011) 4:00.83
2. Garrett Corcoran (Villa Park/2014) 4:03.77*
3. Mark Schilling (Garden Grove/1972) 4:04.0*
4. Austin Tamagno (Brea Olinda/2014) 4:05.24*
*Converted 1,600 times from mile races