The Scoop: Recapping A Massive Weekend Of Action At New Balance Nationals Indoor

There was a very clear mission for the Bullis School (MD) girls on Sunday on the final day of New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York. 

Head coach Joe Lee wasn't necessarily telling his team that they had to win -- even though that was the goal. What was more important, likely, was that the team raced up to its potential. 

And the girls without question did that, earning their second and third wins of the weekend with a national record of 1:34.71 in the 4x200 and a gutsy victory in the 4x400 to finish off their three-day outing, closing in 3:39.86. 

The wins gave Bullis three national titles over three days in New York. 

Both races on their own were impressive, though the 4x200 began the festivities with a flourish, especially after senior Ashley Seymour anchored the race with an incredible 22.91 seconds. Bullis raised the ante on their previous record set in January in Virginia when the squad went 1:35.39. 

The team was led by Shaniya Hall, Leah Phillips, Masai Russell, and Seymour. 

In the 4x400, the team overcame strong early challenges from Motor City (MI) and then a late surge from Franklin (MD), out kicking second-place Franklin (3:40.48) by less than a second. 

On the anchor it was Phillips who drove it home, coming up just short of the national record of 3:38.91 and of their US No. 1 of 3:39.60, though it was still a major success. 

4x200 Finals                                                                     
  1 Bull Tc-Md                                          1:34.75N           
     1) Hall, Shaniya 20                2) Phillips, Leah 20               
     3) Seymour, Ashley 18              4) Russell, Masai 18               
  2 Team War-Va                                         1:36.35M           
     1) Carter, Kori 19                 2) Scott-McKoy, Tre'Breh 19        
     3) Donaldson, Brene' 19            4) Crocker, Asia 19                
  3 W Branch Tc-Va                                      1:36.78            
     1) Ballard, Shadajah 21            2) Tucker, Jessica 18              
     3) Warren, Keishayla 19            4) Ballard, Na'Taja 21             
  4 Winslow Twp Tc-Nj                                   1:39.55            
     1) Ahiarakwe, Flora 18             2) Dancy, Shakira 18               
     3) Hammond, Janeya 20              4) Perry, Nylah 20   
4x400 Finals                                                                
  1 Bull Tc-Md                                          3:39.86   5   
     1) Leonard, Sierra 19              2) Hall, Shaniya 20           
     3) Russell, Masai 18               4) Phillips, Leah 20          
  2 Franklin Tc-Md                                      3:40.48   5   
     1) Colbert, Tylar 18               2) McNeil, Nyjari 18          
     3) Johnson, Jasmine 20             4) Hinton, Cameron 18         
  3 W Branch Tc-Va                                      3:45.17   5   
     1) Shockley, Adriana 19            2) Nichols, Shardonnay 19     
     3) Ballard, Na'Taja 21             4) Warren, Keishayla 19       
  4 Motor City Tc-Mi                                    3:45.91   5   
     1) Brooks, Miyah 18                2) Roundtree, Jada 21         
     3) Gates, Makayla 18               4) Jones, Jayla 20    



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