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Abdo sets S-GI boys track record at Jamestown Invitational

JAMESTOWN—The Springville-Griffith Institute track teams both participated in one event last week. The girls team hosted Maryvale and won with 111 points May 9, while the boys team finished 14th at the Jamestown Invitational May 12.

Nick Abdo set a new school record in the 400 meter, with 51.81 seconds. While the record was 51.6 hand-time, Abdo’s coming within .24 seconds breaks the record, as his is a fully automated time; previous record holder Paul Foster’s was not, Coach Joe Marvin said.

Abdo’s time was also good enough for second place at the Jamestown Invitational and was the highest finish of any Springville competitor at any event that afternoon.

Abdo Record at Jamestown

Abdo’s 400-meter record was one of six events where the Griffins finished in the top-10. Abdo led the way with three of those by also finishing sixth in the 200-meter dash with a 24.13 time and seventh in the 100-meter dash with a 12.07 time.

The next best finish by any Griffin runner in Jamestown was ninth place. Jarod Reese was ninth in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet-2, and Brett Russell also finished ninth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:58.12. Rounding out the top-10 finishers for Springville was Nate Myers who finished 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with an 11:55.10 time.

Ten members of the girls track team were part of first-place finishes against Maryvale with Chloe Chamberlin and Payton Rowe notching a pair of firsts each. Chamberlin was first in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, while Rowe took the top spot in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles.

One Griffin had two first-place single events and was also part of a winning relay team – Abby Steiner. In addition to being a leg in the winning 4 x 400 relay team, Steiner also captured the 400-meter dash and the long jump.

Six other Griffin girls won an event and were also part of a first-place relay race. Lizzy Miranda and Nyah Solly were part of two S-GI first-place relay teams (4 x 400 and 4 x 800) in addition to also winning single events. Miranda won the 800-meter run and Solly took first in the pole vault.

While Jamie Dickinson rounded out the 4 x 400 relay team, Hannah Goetz and Jacy Schelbe rounded out the 4 x 800 relay winning team with Goetz also taking the 3,000-meter run and Schelbe winning the 1,500-meter run.

Also taking first place for the Griffins were Allison Emmick in the high jump and Shelby Smith in the triple jump.

Up next for both teams is the Pioneer Invitational with the girls meet May 20 at 10 a.m., while the boys compete in the same event May 22 at 4 p.m.

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