One down. One more to go.
Rio Rico senior Allie Schadler took down former Phoenix Desert Vista star Dani Jones’ 2-year-old state record in the 3,200-meter run with a third-place finish at the Arcadia (Calif.) Track Invitational on Saturday night in a time of 10 minutes, 05.70 seconds.
Jones broke former Phoenix Mountain Pointe star Sara Gorton’s state record at Arcadia in 2015 with a time of 10:09.58
Schadler was pushed hard at Arcadia, which featured the fastest distance runners in the country.
Out of that race, Claudia Lane (9:57.52) of Malibu, Calif., and Brie Oakley (9:57.59) of Grandview, Colo., posted the two fastest 3,200 runs in the country this season. Schadler’s time is the third fastest nationally.
“Allie ran a terrific race against some extremely fit girls,” said Stephen Schadler, Rio Rico’s track coach and Allie’s father. “I know she feels proud to own that state record considering the talent and terrific post-secondary careers the other girls on that list all had. She is in fine company and she knows it.”
Schadler now will go for Jones’ state record in the 1,600. That could come at the state championships in May.
She came close two weeks ago in Chandler, where she ran 4:45.39, the fastest high school girls time in the nation this spring. Jones set the state record of 4:44.46 at the Chandler Rotary two years ago.
Phoenix Mountain Pointe senior thrower Kaleigh Conlon posted lifetime bests in the shot put and the discus at Arcadia. She won the shot with a throw of 46 feet, 9 inches, and finished second in the discus at 156-3.
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