Chandler's Jasmine Todd sets state record

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - The 71st Chandler Rotary Track meet was held over the weekend at Austin Field at Chandler High School. One-hundred and nine high school teams from Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Idaho, plus a team from British Columbia were all in town to compete. A total of 2,950 athletes competed this weekend.

It was the largest field for the annual meet and featured some of the country's top athletes.

The open session handed out medals to the top three finishers in each event. On Saturday the seeded session was held where you had to hold a top time to even qualify to compete. Awards and team trophies were handed out on Saturday and generally the top finishers in this meet finish at the top of the state meet podiums in May.

On the girls side Chandler is the team to beat this year. They have built quite a track dynasty even placing at nationals last year.

Junior Jasmine Todd not only broke the meet record set by Nina Henson of Saguaro set in 2002, she set the new state record in the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet 5 inches.

Todd also won the 100, before she pulled a hamstring and has to sit out the rest of the meet.

Senior Hannah Carson set the meet record in the shot put throwing 45 feet 6 inches. Carson also won the discus and high jump.

Carson currently is ranked the top track and field high school athlete in the nation. She is headed to Texas Tech next year.

After the Chandler's ladies strong performance this weekend, they will be the favorites to repeat as state champs.