Barrier Breakers

With Reesey Beyers becoming the first Empire athlete to ever break the nine minute barrier in the 3200 meter run I thought it would be fun to look at some of the other barrier breakers in Empire history. By Jim Crowhurst Girls Barrier Breakers First to break 4:10 in 1600 meter run Mike Perez, Lower Lake 2006 4:09.91 First to break 7 feet in High Jump Gabe Manville, Santa Rosa 1989 7-0 First to break 39 seconds in 300m Intermediate Hurdles Mike Koellsted, Calistoga 1985 38.9 First to break 15 feet in Pole Vault John Gash, Santa Rosa 1984 15-6 First to break 60 feet in Shot Put Dennis DeSoto, Santa Rosa 1981 63-10 First to break 180 feet in Discus Chris Day, Montgomery 1980 180-4, 181-6 in 1981 First to break 1:50 in 880 yard run Dan Aldridge, Petaluma 1975 1:49.7 First to break 21 secvonds in 220 yard dash Mel Gray, Montgomery 1967 20.7* First to break 24 and 25 feet in Long Jump Mel Gray, Montgomery 1965 24-0, 25-7 1967 First to break 50 seconds in 440 yard dash Jim Peterson, Santa Rosa 1962 49.7 First to break 10 seconds in 100 yard dash Delbert Butler, Santa Rosa 1934 9.9 First to break 4:30 in Mile Larry Chapman, Santa Rosa 1914 4:28.0* First to break 50 feet in Shot Put Ralph Rose, Healdsburg 1903 52-8 2/5* First to break 10 feet in Pole Vault Arthur Henley, Ukiah 1900 10-7* First to break 6 feet in High Jump Arthur Henley, Ukiah 1898 6-1* * - Also State Best.

Girls

First to break ten and eleven feet in Pole Vault Shail Pec-Crouse, Santa Rosa 1997 11-0 First to break 15 seconds in 100m High Hurdles Katie Schukle, Santa Rosa 1996 14.57 First to break 25 seconds in 200 Tamika Brown, Fort Bragg 1993 24.88 First to break 4 minutes in 1600m Relay Santa Rosa 1991 3:59.54 First to break 19 feet in Long Jump Amey Mitchell, Rancho Cotate 1990 19-8 First to break 45 and 44 seconds in 300m Low Hurdles Wendi Simmons, Santa Rosa 1987 43.27 First to break 5:00 in 1600 meter run Laurie Hollingworth, Piner 1981 4:54.27 First to break 120 & 130 feet in Discus Lee Plevney, Lower Lake 1981 132-8 First to break 40 feet in 4 kilo Shot Put Lynette Colter, Rancho Cotate 1981 40-2 3/4 First to break 2:20 in 800 meter run Laurie Hollingworth, Piner 1980 2:13.16 First to break 11:00 in 2 mile run Dana Flint, Ukiah 1979 10:59.8 First to break 15 seconds in 100m Low Hurdles Annette Richardson, El Molino 1978 14.7y First to break 18 feet in Long Jump Deanne Neff, Montgomery 1978 18-0 First to break 40 feet in 8 lb. Shot Put Sandi Binns, Clear Lake 1978 40-2 First to break 50 seconds in 440 yd Relay El Molino 1977 49.9 First to break 60 seconds in 440 yd run Leannetta Eddens, Ukiah 1976 58.5 First to break 5 feet in High Jump Pat Dittus, Ukiah 1976 5-0 First to break 100 feet in Discus Cheryl Warren, Sonoma 1976 104-9 1/4