Tyler Angle saved his best race of the track season for Wednesday during Day 1 of the Northwest Regional meet at Deer Valley High School in Glendale.
The Kingman High School junior broke the school record in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:33 to finish in second place behind Billy Smith of Deer Valley.
"I knew Billy would start fast," Angle said.
"I started to catch up to him.
I kept my splits about the same and I kicked it in the last lap.
The last five laps we were pretty close.
I knew that I ran a good time."
Robert Pittman held the old record with a time of 9:35.
"I wasn't surprised that I broke the record," Angle said.
"It was the best race that I have had all season.
The weather was perfect and that helped me."
"Tyler had a great run," Kingman coach Bob York said.
"He chased Billy around the track.
Tyler didn't catch him, but he was pushing him.
That was his best run of the season.
It was a close race all the way.
Junior Kris Savatgy finished behind Angle and qualified for state with a time of 9:55.
"We really didn't think Kris was going to qualify," York said.
"He was sick for a little bit during the season.
He is finally coming out of it."
The 4X800 of Carl Milkie, Seth Angle, Derrick Gibelyou and Paul Gorsch won the race after the top three teams were disqualified from the race for stepping outside the lines.
"The relay team surprised everybody," York said.
"We finished the race in fourth place but we get to go to state.
You just never know what is going to happen and that is what I told them before the race."
Senior Derek Meins finished in second place in the triple jump (39-7) and qualified for state.
"Derek has improved a lot during the season," York said.
"It was nice to see a senior qualify for state."
Senior Jessica Hicks finished in third in the discus (104-9).
"She has been throwing better," York said.
"The girl that beat her won on the last throw and that happens."
The Northwest Regional track meet will continue today at 4 p.m.
at Deer Valley High School
"Everybody did a good job," York said.
"Everybody has been working hard all season and the first day showed it."