PHMS’s Jarrell breaks two 39-year old running records

Pendleton Heights Middle School runner Ava Jarrell set new school marks for the 800-meter and 1600-meter runs. Here, she is all smiles after setting the 1600 record. Submitted

PENDLETON — The month of May was a record-setting month for Pendleton Heights Middle School’s Ava Jarrell.
A distance runner on the school’s track and field team, Jarrell broke two longtime school records last month in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs.
In just her second year of track and field competition, Jarrell set her first record on May 5. By .03 seconds, Jarrell beat the 800 time that had been in the school record books for 39 years. Jarrell’s time was 2:31.37, beating the former mark of 2:31.40 set by Joy Phillips in 1982.
On May 28, she broke another Phillips record, in the 1,600.
This time there was a little more distance between the old and new marks.
Jarrell clocked in at 5:24.65. Phillips, who had set her record in 1982, ran a 5:28.04.