Loyola's Matt Jablonski is the only boy in the past ten years to have cracked nine minutes in the 3200. (Photo by Marleen van den Neste)
Before we get rolling this outdoor season, now would be a good time to review the top performances from around the state over the past decade. Which athletes have opportunities to make their way onto these lists at the end of the year?
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Since 2008 only Wise's Champ Page has cracked 47 seconds in the 400. However after an historic showing by Maryland sprinters during the winter Page may soon have some company. Eric Allen and Darnell Pratt are the leading candidates after running 33.49 and 34.08, respectively, in the 300 this season. DeMatha sophomore Nick Wilson also ran 48.53 in the 400 this winter, and both Aaron Robinson and Thomas Alcorn return from last spring with sub-48 personal bests.
Photo by Marleen van den Neste
While his state records may be safe for another season, it's worthwhile to take a moment and recognize just how good Dondre Echols was in his time at Potomac. Even while Shyheim Wright dominated the hurdle scene last year he fell well short of Echols' personal bests in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles.
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Another record that may be safe for a while is Jonathan Hill's seven-foot-plus high jump. He is the only athlete in the past decade in Maryland to have cleared seven feet. With nobody in the state currently who has cleared 6'6, Hill will probably stand by himself for at least another year.