The 100 meter dash finals should prove to be interesting on Saturday afternoon as junior runner Izaiah Fields from Curtis High and freshman Kelee Ringo from Bellarmine Prep will battle in the 4A 100 meters final at the state track and field championships..
Both runners ran into the record books.
Ringo broke the state freshman record on Friday for the 100, finishing in 10.58 seconds. The record was previously held by Isaiah Brandt-Sims, who is now playing football at Stanford.
Ringo was pleased about the record but not satisfied.
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“I want to keep setting records higher,” said Ringo, who said he has been running track since the second grade. “Increase my 100 meter time to set it higher so that my name stays in the record book at Bellarmine Prep.”
He will have to go through Fields, who set a personal record in the 100 with a time of 10.60 seconds and finished just .02 seconds behind Ringo in the prelims.
Fields said he would like to run either a 10.5 or 10.4 in the finals, but said 10.6 is a good start.
These two competitors know each other all too well, saying that they push each other every time they run against each other.
“Last time I made him PR so we’re just helping each other out.” Fields said.
“I’m expecting a lot from him,” Ringo said. “We’re really good friends but when we get to the finish line we’re both really serious.
“It’s all about competition.”
The 3A 100 meter dash will not disappoint either. Lakes sophomore Dorien Simon has proven he can put on a show. Friday he tied the boys state sophomore record with a 10.64.
East Valley’s Rodrick Fisher ran the fastest 100 time on Friday, clocking a 10.48 in the 2A prelims. Fisher has signed to play football for Washington State next year.