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Gunnar Nixon, Dior Hall and More!The 36th Great Southwest had too many story lines to compress into one headline.  By Dye Stat - On Friday it was Gunnar Nixon breaking the 8000 point barrier in decathlon.  On Saturday it was Colorado freshman Dior Hall's stunning 13.18 100H.  Like a 3-ring circus, many more intriguing attractions unfolded on the track and field.

Dior Hall 13.18 is US#3 all time - George Washington (Denver, Colo.) freshman shot away from the 100 meter hurdle field after 3 hurdles and won going away with Kasha McDougald KS 13.84 the only other runner under 14 seconds.  Wind was legal at 1.4. That puts the Colorado 5A champion in the record book as the third fastest US high school hurdler ever behind Candy Young PA, who ran 12.95 in 1979, and Vashti Thomas CA, who ran 13.03 in 2007.   She replaced Melia Cox CA (13.34) as this year's national leader.

Gunnar Nixon 8035! - Santa Fe (Edmond, Okla.) senior Gunnar Nixon came to town wanting to beat Albuquerque's own Curtis Beach's national decathlon record of 7909.  He roared past Beach all the way to 8035 points, setting four PR's and tying another and topping Beach's point total in 8 of 10 events. See DECATHLON page for more.

Reese Watson 17-3 meet record - Spring (Spring, Texas) junior came from behind to win a pole vault battle that ended in the dark above 17 feet.   Watson, Gardner Edgerton (Gardner, Kan.) senior Casey Bowen, and Lafayette (Lafayette, La.) senior Andreas Duplantis were still alive at 17-0.75.  Bowen took the lead by clearing on his first attempt, Watson made it after one miss, and Duplantis dropped out.  The bar was raised to 17-3 to let someone beat Jack Whitt's meet record (17-2.75 in 2009).  That someone was Watson, clearing on his 3rd attempt as Bowen went out.  Watson moved to US#2 this season in DyeStat Elite rankings.

Anicka Newell doubles - After repeating in the girls decathlon Friday, the Highland (Albuquerque, N.M.) senior came back Saturday to win pole vault at 11-9 in a jump off with  Tomball (Tomball, Texas) junior Brittany Wooten. 

Marquis Dendy 50-7.25 - After a disappointing 7th in long jump, the defending national triple jump champion both outdoors and indoors won his specialty decisively with a US#4 mark.

Ashlie Blake - The big freshman from Palo Verde (Las Vegas, Nev.) keeps getting better.  After finishing second to Avion Allgood with a PR 47-7.5 in the Nevada State Meet, Blake improved to 48-5.5 to move up to US#9.

More top national ranking performances:
G-400: Courtney Okolo TX 53.68 US#3
B-200: Trae Armstrong AZ 20.89 +0.2 US#4.  Armstrong doubled in the 100 with a windy 10.34 (+2.4)

Texas sweeps - With points coming from everywhere, the Texans swept both boys and girls titles in state team scoring.