Leap Of The Year: Girls 300H

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Esther Diza-Mbelolo dropped 2.17 seconds off her personal best this year.

Like all sprint events, improvement is hard to come by. I was expecting to see seconds here or there, but claiming the Leap of the Year required an improvement that went into the double digits. 

Yes. You read that right. 

Pomona's Destiny Maes claimed this year's crown with ease. Her jaw-dropping  improvement of 10.83 seconds was unrivaled. A year ago she was a 58.96 300 hurdler. This year she's down to 48.13. 

10 seconds...

That's over three second per 100 meters run. Let that sink in for a moment, because that's a massive chunk of time. To understand the gravity of such a drop, consider that her improvement was six seconds beyond the next best leap. 

Paonia's Alexandra Eaton was a clear runner-up, with a 4.42 second improvement. Eaton entered the season with a 52.78 PR, and left it with a 48.36. 

Coming in third this year was Hayley Rayburn, who was primarily known for her pole vaulting success. Rayburn dropped 3.28 seconds from her PR, going from 49.76, to 46.48.

In the honorable mention category, or perhaps, the "Top Of The Rankings Shake Up" that makes up the top 10 times, Anna Hall's 2.11 second leap from being "really good in the 300 hurdles" to "one of the best in the country" deserves some attention. 

Likewise, Kylie Davis and Jaiden Paris improved by nearly three seconds each, going from mixing it up within the state, to near the front of the pack.


Athlete300H 2018 300H 2017 Difference
Emily Sloan 40.6041.83( 1.23 )
Anna Hall 40.7642.87( 2.11 )
Delaney Smith 43.1543.74( 0.59 )
Kylie Davis 43.2346.27( 3.04 )
Jaiden Paris 43.5646.47( 2.91 )
Mary Gillett 43.8843.640.24
Abby Glynn 43.9845.55( 1.57 )
Lizzie Waters 44.5644.81( 0.25 )
Kara Lucyk 44.6145.14( 0.53 )
Mackenzie Fidelak 44.6543.441.21
Samantha Gordon 44.8045.38( 0.58 )
Helen Maley 45.0748.90( 3.83 )
Amelia Johannes 45.2046.15( 0.95 )
Esther Diza-Mbelolo 45.4647.63( 2.17 )
Kaiya Firor 45.5045.240.26
Rachel Harris 45.5445.5400.00
Karla Delgadillo 45.5847.64( 2.06 )
Destiny Butler 45.6246.06( 0.44 )
Tara Hitchcock 45.8447.93( 2.09 )
Zion Smith 45.8746.61( 0.74 )
Julyah Wilson 45.9845.390.59
Diondra Wilborn 46.0547.53( 1.48 )
Ruby Brown 46.1546.66( 0.51 )
Lily Acosta 46.2448.53( 2.29 )
Julia Lanskey 46.2648.57( 2.31 )
Destiny Grimes 46.3845.071.31
Mia Middleton 46.4446.65( 0.21 )
Jasmine Charles 46.4648.10( 1.64 )
Hayley Rayburn 46.4849.76( 3.28 )
Monika Williams 46.5645.810.75
Carly Zimmerman 46.5945.461.13
Sequoia Kellogg 46.7846.280.50
Hannah Carlson 46.8148.20( 1.39 )
Isabella D'Ambrosia 46.8747.70( 0.83 )
Alexa Tena 46.9146.820.09
Nadine Almasri 46.9449.54( 2.60 )
Emma Stengel 47.2148.33( 1.12 )
Alondra Faudoa 47.2750.34( 3.07 )
Faith Novess 47.3049.89( 2.59 )
Peri Hennigar 47.3250.09( 2.77 )
Lauren Kelly 47.4848.59( 1.11 )
Lindsey Fancher-Owen 47.5348.96( 1.43 )
Madelyn Schmidt 47.5449.98( 2.44 )
Charlee Veilleux 47.5750.66( 3.09 )
Grace Wenham 47.8046.501.30
Julianne Iarusso 47.8151.35( 3.54 )
Emilie Johnson 47.8652.22( 4.36 )
Mattie Rossi 47.9046.811.09
Katrina Merrick 48.0449.48( 1.44 )
Samantha Mulder 48.0448.29( 0.25 )
Destiny Maes 48.1358.96( 10.83 )
Leilani Washington 48.1449.29( 1.15 )
Shenna Daum 48.2550.04( 1.79 )
Cassidy Bittner 48.3349.38( 1.05 )
Charlotte Rogers 48.3549.75( 1.40 )
Alexandra Eaton 48.3652.78( 4.42 )
Kaitlyn Krason 48.4851.55( 3.07 )
Elise Gillett 48.5750.68( 2.11 )
Hunter Stimson 48.5948.78( 0.19 )
Claira Gilchrist 48.6048.490.11
Jovanni Murray 48.6249.02( 0.40 )
Anika Barrow 48.7149.01( 0.30 )
Brynn Bussanmas 48.7249.98( 1.26 )
Peyton Frank 48.7451.66( 2.92 )
Lauren Hall 48.7752.34( 3.57 )
Kaitlyn Houghton 48.7748.85( 0.08 )
Payton Walter 48.7748.330.44
Jenny Dekker 48.8049.97( 1.17 )
Remi Baldwin 48.8251.97( 3.15 )
Kami Grammerstorf 48.9148.120.79
Audra Frieden 48.9247.831.09
Becca Earl 48.9451.63( 2.69 )
Meadow Martin 49.0149.48( 0.47 )
Olivia Brownworth 49.0350.44( 1.41 )
Faith McNeill 49.0551.54( 2.49 )


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