Ranking All 2A State Meet Records by Breakability

Frederick Douglass' Rico Gomez won two individual state titles at the 2015 championships, including a record-setting performance in the 500 meter dash. (Photo by Lisa McArthur)

Examining and acknowledging state meet records helps put excellent performances into context. We preview every meet record at the 1A state meet and how likely it is to fall based on the performances from the season to date. Most of the leaders in the events will qualify for the state meet from regionals.

The Key

0 stars - This one might stand for awhile.

1 star - Looks safe for this year.

2 stars - Someone might have an outside shot.

3 stars - There's a decent chance someone challenges it.

4 stars - At least one person has a good shot.

5 stars - It would almost be surprising if it *wasn't* broken.

55 dash

Boys: 6.42 (Ricardo Griggs, Gwynn Park, 2013) - 3 stars

Shavar Staats has been one of the top breakout sprinters in the state this season, lowering his 55 meter dash personal best from 6.95 as a sophomore to 6.46, which puts him well within striking distance of the 2A state meet record.

Girls: 7.11 (Cierra Layne, Edmondson-Westside, 2003) - 2 stars

Harford Tech's Caitlyn Bobb will likely have a chance at three different meet records at the state meet, but the 55 dash is probably the longest shot given her current personal best (7.20 seconds). No other 2A girl has run faster than 7.27 heading into regionals.

300 dash

Boys: 34.79 (Marcelle Preston, Largo, 2014) - 1 star

Only Milford Mill's Marquis Miller has come close to the 300 meter record this year, and that was on a banked track at the Armory in New York. No 2A runner has gone under 36 seconds in the event on a flat track this year.

Girls: 39.83 (Micah Meekins, Marriotts Ridge, 2016) - 4 stars

In the history of the 2A state meet, Micah Meekins is the only girl to have ever run under 40 seconds in the 300 meter dash. Meanwhile, Caitlyn Bobb - the defending champion - ran 39.34 at the PG Sportsplex earlier this year.

500 dash

Boys: 1:04.58 (Rico Gomez, Frederick Douglass-PG, 2015) - 1 star

The 2A boys 500 field looks wide open heading into regionals week, with the top eight runners separated by less than a second. At the same time they are all currently almost three seconds off the 2A record.

Girls: 1:14.70 (Kellie Roberts, Central, 1986) - 4 stars

In a vacuum, Caitlyn Bobb would have a very good shot at taking down both the 300 and 500 state meet records. However, the 500 could also be her third race of the day at the state meet; not enough to take away her favorite status, but enough to make multiple meet records hard to accomplish.

800 run

Boys: 1:56.77 (Warren Staver, Queen Anne's County, 2014/Kyle Lund, Oakdale, 2019) - 5 stars

Lund tied the 2A state meet record last year as a junior. So far this year, he has run significantly faster on three occasions (including a MD #1 1:55.06 at the CMC Championships) and hasn't lost a race since December 14.

Girls: 2:15.45 (Hayley Jackson, Patuxent, 2017) - 1 star

There's no shame in not beating Hayley Jackson's time. Only one girl, Digital Harbor's Nia Warren, has run under 2:25 in the 2A classification this year.

1600 run

Boys: 4:18.89 (Robby Creese, Glenelg, 2011) - 2 stars

Kyle Lund owns a 4:16.54 outdoor personal best in the 1600, but he also may be coming back from anchoring the state-champion-hopeful Oakdale boys in the 4x800.

Girls: 4:45.55 (Hayley Jackson, Patuxent, 2017) - 0 stars

Maybe if they let Juliette Whittaker run?

3200 run

Boys: 9:28.63 (Justin Diehl, Calvert, 2019) - 2 stars

Sub-9:30 isn't out of bounds for 1A state XC champion Zane Chalker, who leads all of 2A in the event (9:38.62). He also hasn't really had any competition in any race this year, as no other runner has gone under 10 minutes in each of the three times he has raced the 3200. However, Chalker is also entered at regionals in the 1600.

Girls: 10:45.67 (Hannah Oneda, Winters Mill, 2012) - 0 stars

It's probably going to be awhile before any of the 2A girls distance records come into jeopardy.

55 hurdles

Boys: 7.48 (Jerod Void, Surrattsville, 2001) - 3 stars

Shawn Getzen leads all of 2A by a wide margin this year, and his 7.58 personal best from the SMAC Classic puts him within striking distance of the record.

Girls: 8.15 (Kisha Jett, Hammond, 1993) - 1 star

Three girls have run between 8.66 and 8.78 in the 55 hurdles this year, which should make for an interesting race, but probably won't produce a new 2A state meet record.

4x200 relay

Boys: 1:30.74 (Largo, 2017) - 1 star

The 2A classification isn't without some good sprint squads, but the fact remains that no 2A team has run within even four seconds of the 2A state meet record in the 4x200 this year.

Girls: 1:44.62 (Harford Tech, 2019) - 1 star

The Cobras broke the 2A state meet record in the 4x200 last season, but have run only 1:47.58 so far this season. It would take a huge season best from either them or Frederick Douglass-PG, who sits second in 2A at 1:47.59, to challenge the record this year.

4x400 relay

Boys: 3:27.92 (Baltimore Poly, 2007) - 3 stars

The Millers of Milford Mill still own easily the top time in the state at 3:24.09, which they ran up at the Armory in New York. Still, with their impressive sprint depth, a 3:27 performance on a flat track is still very much within the realm of possibility.

Girls: 4:03.50 (Largo, 2012) - 1 star

The current heads of 2A from Seneca Valley sit nearly nine seconds off of the 2A state meet record.

4x800 relay

Boys: 8:11.28 (Harford Tech, 2019) - 2 stars

The Oakdale boys have the personnel to make a run at the fresh 2A state meet record, especially if Kyle Lund can break out a 1:56 anchor leg. Will it happen? We may get a better feel for how fast they can go after regionals this weekend.

Girls: 9:39.39 (Damascus, 2018) - 1 star

No 2A team has run within 30 seconds of the Hornets' meet record from a few years ago.

Shot Put

Boys: 57'1.50 (Wayne Mims, Wilde Lake, 1976) - 2 stars

One of the older state meet records on the books looked pretty safe coming into the winter, but Century's Chett Brunner has worked himself onto the periphery of the record. His 53'9.75 performance at the Carroll County Championships puts him just over three feet shy of the record, and he is still getting better.

Girls: 44'1.50 (Seasons Usual, Frederick Douglass-PG, 2017) - 1 star

Defending state champion Asia Travers is once again the 2A leader in the event leading into regionals, but the Elkton senior is still six and a half feet off the record.

High Jump

Boys: 6'10.50 (Jon Hill, Walkersville, 2009) - 0 stars

It's not even the overall state meet record, but it's up there.

Girls: 5'8 (Amina Smith, Patuxent, 2010/Isabella Laurel, South Carroll, 2014) - 1 star

Both Douglass' Autumn Winston and North Caroline's Samantha Cash have cleared 5'4 and should be two of the top-scoring athletes at the 2A state meet, but 5'8 is still probably a stretch.

Pole Vault

Boys: 15'1 (Pat Tvarkunas, Glenelg, 1996) - 2 stars

South Carroll's Patrick Tunkel set a new season best of 14'6 at the Carroll County Championships last weekend. It's still another jump up to the 15-foot mark, but not out of bounds.

Girls: 13'3.25 (Jackie McNulty, Oakdale, 2015) - 1 star

Since McNulty set the new record in 2015, only two girls have even cleared 11'6 in the 2A pole vault. No 2A girl has reached 11 feet so far this year.