Garland & Owens Will Be Strong Again: Top 150+ Boys' 60m Hurdle Returnees

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What a season we're expecting for a pair of Pennsylvania's top athletes, Kyle Garland and Ayden Owens. The two specialize in the multis and will likely battle it out for pentathlon gold at New Balance Nationals Indoor. But before that both Garland, a Georgia recruit that attends Germantown Academy, and Owens, of North Allegheny and signed to USC, will square off in the hurdles this season.

Garland enters as the defending state champion in the 60 meter hurdles. In the final at states last year, Owens was better out of the blocks, but Garland closed very well to run him down and take the state title. This year, the pair will chase sub-8 times and all roads will likely lead to a matchup in the state final once again.

Both Garland and Owens will likely be busy at the state meet with other events, so this battle could come down to a war of attrition, one that these decathletes are more than ready for.

Photo by Abby Huber

Who else could contend for state medals this winter? Penn Manor's Taraje Whitfield (above) had a strong season in the hurdles last year. After transferring from Manheim Township, Whitfield took third at indoor states. He ran a best of 8.15 and should be in line for a big senior year. 

Two other state final qualifiers and medalists from last year are Harrisburg's Richard Gilchrist and the Haverford School's Sam Lindner. Gilchrist was sixth at states, while Lindner took seventh. Gilchrist was fifth at outdoor states in AAA, while Lindner was third in the PAISAA in the high hurdles. Look for both to make a push for the final and maybe more this season.

Pennsbury's Nasan Robbins, Chester's James Jackson, and Coatesville's Jared Elters make up a strong contingent of District 1 area hurdlers that could make a splash this year. Robbins ran 8.31 last season, while Jackson posted a best of 8.33. Elters, meanwhile, was the District 1 champ in the high hurdles last spring and made the outdoor state final. All three have the ability to make the indoor state final this year and go home with medals.

Plenty of others hope to get in the mix this season. Woodland Hills' Andre Vasquez, North Allegheny's Liam Nobbs, Malvern Prep's Sebastian Costantini, and Wilson's Trevor Thenga are among the returning state qualifiers from last year that have a shot at making the final this season.

Watch the final of the 60 meter hurdles won by Garland, and check out the top 170 boys' returners in the event for this season below:

60 Meter Hurdles

Rank Time Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 7.89
Germantown Academy
2018
2 8.08
North Allegheny
2018
3 8.15
Penn Manor
2018
4 8.31
Pennsbury
2018
5 8.33
Chester
2018
6 8.34
The Haverford School for Boys
2018
6 8.34
Harrisburg High School
2018
8 8.57
Woodland Hills High School
2018
9 8.59
Coatesville
2018
10 8.68
North Allegheny
2018
11 8.73
Malvern Prep
2019
12 8.74
Wilson (3)
2018
13 8.77
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
2018
14 8.79
Reading
2019
15 8.83
Wissahickon
2018
15 8.83
Spring Ford
2018
17 8.84
Chambersburg
2019
18 8.85
Owen J. Roberts
2019
19 8.91
McDowell
2018
20 8.93
Punxsutawney Area
2019
21 8.94
Altoona Area
2019
22 8.96
Canon-McMillan
2018
22 8.96
West Chester East
2019
24 8.97
Saint Joseph's Prep
2018
24 8.97
State College Area High School
2019
26 8.99
Wissahickon
2018
27 9.01
Easton Area
2019
27 9.01
Manheim Township
2018
29 9.03
Central Bucks South
2018
30 9.04
Neumann Goretti
2020
30 9.04
New Castle
2019
32 9.05
McConnellsburg
2018
32 9.05
Perkiomen Valley
2018
34 9.06
LaSalle College High School
2019
35 9.12
Glen Mills Schools
2019
36 9.14
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy
2020
37 9.15
Moniteau
2018
38 9.17
Pennridge
2018
39 9.18
Butler
2018
40 9.20
Meadville Area
2018
40 9.20
Central Bucks East
2018
42 9.21
Unionville
2018
43 9.26
Council Rock South
2019
43 9.26
Quakertown
2018
45 9.27
Susquehanna Township
2019
46 9.28
Methacton
2018
47 9.29
Episcopal Academy
2019
48 9.31
Grove City Area
2020
49 9.33
Central Bucks East
2018
50 9.35
Baldwin
2018
50 9.35
Lower Dauphin
2018
52 9.37
Strath Haven
2018
53 9.40
Cheltenham
2018
54 9.42
Eisenhower
2018
55 9.44
Cumberland Valley
2018
56 9.45
Penn Charter
2018
57 9.46
Red Lion
2019
58 9.49
Hopewell
2018
59 9.51
Canon-McMillan
2020
60 9.53
Greater Latrobe
2019
61 9.54
Northern
2019
62 9.55
Saint Joseph's Prep
2019
62 9.55
Bradford Area
2019
64 9.59
Hampton
2018
64 9.59
McDowell
2018
66 9.62
Riverside (7)
2019
67 9.65
Freedom Area (7)
2018
68 9.66
Central Bucks West
2019
68 9.66
J.P. McCaskey
2020
70 9.69
Hempfield Area (7)
2019
71 9.70
Greater Latrobe
2019
72 9.74
Shikellamy
2018
73 9.81
North Penn
2018
74 9.87
Richland
2019
75 9.88
Shenango
2018
75 9.88
Shamokin Area
2019
77 9.91
Interboro
2018
78 9.94
Indiana Area
2018
78 9.94
Altoona Area
2019
78 9.94
Indiana Area
2018
78 9.94
Chambersburg
2019
78 9.94
Penn Hills
2018
83 9.95
Milton Hershey
2019
84 9.97
Dover
2018
85 9.99
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2019
86 10.07
Tamaqua Area
2020
86 10.07
Strath Haven
2018
86 10.07
Kiski Area
2018
89 10.08
William Tennent
2019
89 10.08
Hempfield Area (7)
2020
91 10.11
Archbishop Ryan
2020
92 10.13
Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2018
92 10.13
General McLane
2019
94 10.16
Chartiers Valley
2019
94 10.16
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
2020
96 10.17
Southern Lehigh
2019
97 10.18
Upper Dublin
2019
97 10.18
Mount Lebanon
2018
99 10.20
Central Bucks East
2018
100 10.21
York Suburban
2019
101 10.22
Kane Area
2018
102 10.25
Shikellamy
2020
103 10.27
Exeter
2020
104 10.29
Slippery Rock Area
2019
104 10.29
South Fayette High School
2019
106 10.32
Penn Hills
2019
107 10.33
Methacton
2020
108 10.34
Williamsport Area
2020
108 10.34
Mifflin County High School
2018
110 10.43
North Allegheny
2019
111 10.44
Archbishop Ryan
2020
111 10.44
West Mifflin
2019
113 10.45
Freedom Area (7)
2018
114 10.47
Central Dauphin
2018
115 10.50
Pine-Richland
2020
116 10.55
Hempfield (3)
2019
117 10.57
Great Valley
2018
117 10.57
Tamaqua Area
2018
119 10.64
Penncrest
2020
119 10.64
Altoona Area
2019
121 10.70
Penncrest
2018
122 10.71
North Penn
2019
123 10.74
Chambersburg
2020
124 10.76
Warren Area
2019
125 10.78
Warren Area
2018
126 10.83
Montour
2020
127 10.84
Twin Valley
2018
128 10.88
Lakeview
2019
128 10.88
Hamburg Area
2019
130 10.91
Central Dauphin
2018
131 10.93
Milton Hershey
2019
132 10.94
State College Area High School
2020
132 10.94
Hampton
2019
134 11.00
West Allegheny
2020
135 11.06
Wyomissing Area
2018
136 11.07
Milton Hershey
2019
137 11.10
Washington
2018
138 11.12
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2019
139 11.14
William Allen
2019
140 11.20
Neshaminy
2019
141 11.21
Council Rock North
2018
142 11.27
Hatboro Horsham
2020
143 11.32
Penn Wood
2019
144 11.34
State College Area High School
2019
144 11.34
William Penn
2018
146 11.36
Plymouth Whitemarsh
2019
147 11.40
Bishop McDevitt
2019
148 11.46
Archbishop Carroll
2018
149 11.47
Hampton
2019
149 11.47
Penn Hills
2018
151 11.60
Downingtown East
2018
152 11.61
J.P. McCaskey
2020
153 11.64
Mifflin County High School
2018
154 11.66
Hamburg Area
2019
154 11.66
Ephrata
2018
156 11.69
Warwick
2020
157 11.72
General McLane
2020
158 11.84
State College Area High School
2019
159 11.88
LaSalle College High School
2020
160 11.90
Montour
2020
160 11.90
Radnor
2020
160 11.90
Greensburg Salem
2018
163 11.99
York Suburban
2020
164 12.28
Manheim Township
2019
165 12.29
New Hope-Solebury
2020
166 12.38
Cathedral Prep
2019
167 12.77
General McLane
2019
168 12.81
North Schuylkill
2019
169 12.86
Hamburg Area
2019
170 14.75
Hershey
2020
171 15.00
New Castle
2020

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