Three locals medal at state

Middlebrooks is second in 100, while Hayes and McElroy grab fourth and fifth in 3,200. Koressel has off-day in pole vault.

June 11, 2009|By Matt Szabo

Fountain Valley High junior Kyle Middlebrooks started fast at the CIF State Track and Field Championships, while Edison’s Hillary Hayes and Matt McElroy laid back for awhile Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis. All three got what they were looking for in the end, however.

Middlebrooks finished second in the state in the boys’ 100-meter dash, while Hayes and McElroy also medaled with fourth and fifth-place finishes in the girls’ and boys’ 3200, respectively.

But there was also a sense of disappointment for Huntington Beach High senior Allison Koressel, a state title contender who failed to clear a height in the girls’ pole vault at finals.


Middlebrooks finished in 10.57 seconds, second only to state leader Randall Carroll of Cathedral (10.38). While the time wasn’t a personal-best — Middlebrooks ran a 10.48 at the OC Championships — he was definitely satisfied with the result.

“I got off to a pretty good start,” he said. “[Carroll] just came on. He’s fast; he’s a fast guy.”

He’s also a senior, while Middlebrooks can try again for a state title next year.

“I think it was a pretty good race for me,” said Middlebrooks, also a star running back for the Barons football team. “It’s crazy. It’s a good feeling knowing that I’m the second-fastest in the state. Coming back next year will be real fun.”

Hayes won’t have that luxury, as the senior is headed to Cal. But she finished off her high school career in grand style, placing fourth in the girls’ 3200 in 10 minutes, 28.79 seconds.

The time was nearly nine seconds faster than her third-place time at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet the week before, again breaking her own school record.

“I just wanted to PR again,” Hayes said. “I’m just so happy. It’s an amazing feeling; I couldn’t have asked for a better ending.”

Hayes said she wanted to focus on her last mile after the race went out at a pretty fast pace.

“All my splits were perfect,” she said. “It was a good race.”

McElroy also set another PR as he finished fifth in 8:56.44, over three seconds faster than his Masters Meet time of 8:59.91.

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