Kelee Ringo has spent most of this spring traveling to 7-on-7 football tournaments.
But what the Scottsdale Saguaro junior did in his first track-and-field meet of the season had a former world record holder shaking his head in amazement.
Maurice Greene, who once held the 100-meter world record of?9.79 seconds at the height of his career, couldn’t believe what he was seeing as Ringo?blazed down the track?Saturday night at Chandler High’s Austin Field.
Ringo, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound,?five-star football recruit who is one of the nation’s top cornerbacks in the 2020 class, set a Nike Chandler Rotary Invitational record in the 100 at 10.43 seconds. It was the fifth-fastest time in Arizona high school history.
Six athletes ran under 11 seconds. Chandler freshman Quaron Adams set a personal record at 10.60, second to Ringo. Last year's 6A champion, Jaheim Brown-Taylor of Chandler, was third at 10.83.
A little later, taking the final baton, with Saguaro running out of the eighth lane, Ringo blew by everybody down the track to complete a meet record by the all-football 4x100 Saguaro relay team.
No telling what Ringo’s split was but his team finished with a time of 41.21, breaking the previous Chandler Rotary record of 41.48.
Ringo also won the 200-meter title in 21.18 seconds.
Someone asked when Saguaro got a relay team.
It was when Ringo moved in last year from Washington and got all of the football players to join him for track.
But Ringo’s plate this spring has mostly been filled with 7-on-7 tournaments and lifting for football four days a week.
Asked in a text how much Ringo’s been training for track, Saguaro coach Jason Mohns, who also coaches track, responded, “Barely.”
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“(One to two) days per week,” Mohns texted. “Been traveling a ton with 7-on-7s. Doing regular football lifts four days per week.”
Arizona State-bound football player Connor Soelle began the relay, followed by junior Jacobe Covington, sophomore Mason Davies and Ringo. All football players from the dynasty that has won six state titles in a row.
“Throughout the week, I working on my block starts,” Ringo said. “I felt I did good off the blocks. I was able to maintain my speed the whole race.”
This was the 79th running of the Chandler Rotary and was filled with great performances.
Chandler senior Morgan Foster, who earlier this season broke her own state record in the 800 meters, won the girls mile race in 4 minutes, 49.01 seconds. That translated to 4:47.03 for the 1,600, which was the third-fastest time in Arizona history. She was debating whether to run the 800 later in the night and elected not to.
It was an impressive mark, especially considering the Stanford-bound Foster was running by herself the whole race with nobody really pushing her.
North Canyon’s Dominique Mustin won the 800?in 2:06.99, second all-time in Arizona to Foster. She won by eight second
Foster might be the only 800-meter runner in the state who could beat Mustin, so Mustin said, "I was upset she wasn't in it."
"But I'm happy I went out there and still PR'd," Mustin said. "But imagine if she was out there, what we could have done.
"She's an amazing runner and I hope I can run against her at Arcadia (Calif.)."
Anna Hall, from Valor Christian in Colorado, the national high school record holder in the heptathlon, set a meet record in the 300 hurdles with a time under 42 seconds. She was pushed by Arizona record holder Ma’Kayla Dickerson of Laveen Betty Fairfax until the last hurdle, when Hall pulled away.
Max Manson of Colorado set a boys pole vault meet record at 17 feet, 1 inch. He did that on his first try, after needing a third and final try to clear 16-6. The previous record was 17 feet. Manson, two weeks ago, won the pole vault at the New Balance National Indoor high school meet at 17-5 ?. Manson, who signed with Stanford, went for a personal record 17-6 at Chandler, but missed on three tries.
He got a good pep talk from former Olympic gold medalist Nick Hysong, who now trains some of the Valley’s elite youth pole vaulters.
“The conditions were just so perfect,” Manson said.
Manson doesn’t hold his family record. His dad, Pat Manson,?once cleared 19-2 during his vaulting days.
“I’ve got a ways to go,” Manson said.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Saguaro's Kelee Ringo sets Chandler Rotary 100 record in his first track meet