Jordan Hasay began her final high school outdoor season on Saturday at the San Luis Obispo County Meet and the Mission Prep (California) senior turned in a US #1 time of 4:47.05 in the 1600 meter run to drop 3 seconds from the previous national leading performance. It was not the first track race in 2009 for Hasay though as she competed in her first indoor race several weeks ago with a 10:10.89 victory in the two mile run at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Boston. Hasay will certainly have her eyes set on chasing national records this spring in the 1600 (mile) and 3200 (2 mile) meter run, while already holding the US high school record in the 1500 meter run (4:14.50) and currently ranked #2 all-time in the 3200 meter run (9:52.13)
Dekalb County in Georgia is proving itself to be a hotbed for national caliber high school track & field performances as shown by the results from day one of competition at their county championships on Monday. Three US #1 performances came out of the meet on Monday with more action to follow through final day of events on Wednesday. Brittany Porter of Towers High School has been on a tear in the girls' long jump since her win at Nike Indoor Nationals as she extended her previous US leading outdoor mark to 21 feet and 3 1/2 inches, while also taking the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet. Miller Grove High School and Ken Gilstrap were rolling out some blazing times to start the week as well as Gilstrap improved his US #1 time (10.39) in the 100 meter dash to 10.31 in the prelims, while also clocking in the nation's fastest time of the season in the 200 meter dash as the first under 21 seconds at 20.98 in the preliminary round. Gilstrap also ran on Miller Grove's 4x100 meter relay which became the first school under 41 seconds in the country at 40.98 in the prelims. Another Grove school, Cedar Grove, also posted a swift relay time in Monday's qualifying rounds in the boys 4x400 meter relay at a US #2 3:16.12. Dekalb County Championships - Day 1 Results
MileSplit US highlights from this past week featured a US national record in the SMR by New Bern (NC) at 3:19.58, two US all-time performances in the high jump by Erik Kynard (US #3 all-time 7'4.50") of Ohio and Hannah Wilms (US #7 all-time 6'0.25") of Iowa, an amazing double of US #1's in a 40 minute span by Reggie Wyatt of California (46.47 400, 36.59 300H), a deep 3200 at FSU Relays with 6 under 9:15, and five US #1's at Stanford led by a pair from hurdler Kori Carter (13.92 100H, 1:00.66 400H). More to come over the next few days as we add more results and performances from states all over into our national database.
Rogers OH senior Erik Kynyard finished his indoor season as a Nike Nationals champion in the high jump and did not wait long to be soaring high again in his specialty for the 2009 season. The Kansas State recruit successfully cleared a height of 7 feet 4 1/2 inches at the Huron Relays held at Eastern Michigan. The performance now ranks Kynyard #4 all-time on the US high school all-time list and the season is very young for him to continue to move up on that list. Kynyard leads what has been an incredible start to the spring season for the boys high jump as more than a handful of preps have alreadly went well over 7 feet this season including a 7'3" clearance by a Californian in a dual meet this past week from Nick Ross.
The New Bern (NC) boys completed a big weekend of relay performances against collegiate competition at the Raleigh Relays turning in swift times in the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays on Saturday. Despite botching a few handoffs, the New Bern boys (competing as Track Eastern) clocked a US #2 time of 1:25.20 (3rd overall) in the 4x200 and came back later to improve the US #1 time by five seconds in 3:12.82 (9th overall).
A total of four US #1's came on Friday at the Stanford Invitational with Kori Carter as the leading performer with her 1:00.66 clocking in the 400 meter hurdles. The Claremont CA junior was almost three seconds faster than her closest competitor. Both 3K national leading times were also produced in the same meet with Lance Wolfsmith at 8:28.54 (converts to a 9:05 3200) for the boys and Jennifer Bergman at 10:13.63 (converts to a 10:58 3200) for the girls. It was a close win for Sobrato CA senior Wolfsmith with Eric Olson of Novato CA at 8:29.03 and Nathan Mathabane of Lincoln OR improving 20 seconds from last weekend in the event in third at 8:29.62. Although several have leaped over 24 this season across the country, Chase Wheeler has the furthest wind legal long jump of the outdoor season as of now at 23'8.25". Moreau Catholic's Alitta Boyd and Fremont's Malaina Payton had a great competition in the girls long jump with both leaping over 19 feet and into the US top 10 rankings. In the pole vault, Rob Simmons of Rocklin successfully cleared a US #3 height of 16'1". The state of California now has the top five fastest girls DMR times with Casa Grande moving to #2 in the nation with their 12:16.71 victory. Stanford Invitational - Day 1 Results
The Shirk Center in Bloomington this weekend showcased the best from the state of Illinois. One of the top performances of the meet came from Conant's Jeff Thode in the 1600 meter run as he joined a select group of high school preps to have run under 4:10 for 1600 meters this season with his US #9 performance of 4:09.94. In the field events, Dan Block and Megan Weller had the leading performances with Block throwing for a season best mark of 62'2" (US #8), while Weller's clearance of 12'7" ranks her #6 in the US. Illinois Prep Top Times Classic: Class AAA - Class AA/A
Both US junior teams placed fifth at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships held in Jordan this weekend. The US junior women had two high school runners compete on their squad with Ashley Brasovan (pictured left by Tim O'Dowd of IrishRunner.com) of Florida in 26th place (21:55) and Alex Dunne of California in 34th place (22:15) on the 6K course held on the Bisharat Golf Course in Amman, Jordan. Brasovan and Dunne were the second and third finishers for Team USA behind collegiate freshmen Neely Spence (Shippensburg University PA). No high school boys were on the US junior men's squad as they were led by several of last year's national prep stars including US high school 2 mile record holder German Fernandez in 11th place and Chris Derrick in 15th place. IAAF World XC Championships Results
An outstanding 3200 meter race was held Friday at the FSU Relays. Nike Indoor Nationals mile runner-up Patrick McGregor from Hoover, Alabama was looked upon as one of the pre-race favorites, but McGregor ended up severall in the race with a time of 9:20.19 as the unheralded Florida boys stole the show in their exhibition of great depth. Derek Wehunt of Sickles had a great closing kick in the final 300 meter run to win in a US #4 time of 9:06.78. Leon's Matt Mizereck followed in as runner-up in a US #5 time of 9:09.24. Colin Barker (3rd, 9:11.20), Connor Revord (4th, 9:14.95), Brian Atkinson (5th, 9:15.01), and Will Stanford (6th, 9:15.58) helped round out arguably the deepest 3200 meter high school race in Florida state history. More to come from FSU Relays throughout the weekend. Rain storms have caused delays in the meet so far. Feature Story | Interview with Derek Wehunt | Interview with Stanford and Mizereck 1.Derek Wehunt Sickles 9:06.78 2. Matt Mizereck Leon 9:09.24 3. Colin Barker BK 9:11.20 4. Connor Revord Jesuit 9:14.94 5. Brian Atkinson Melbourne 9:15.01 6. Will Stanford Leon 9:15.58 7. Patrick McGregor Hoover 9:20.19 8. Michael Wallace BK 9:22.46
Outdoor is starting to warm up in many states, while still a few in the Midwest stats are still in indoor competition. IAAF World XC Championships (Jordan) - The US women's junior team will be represented by three HS preps in Ashley Brasovan (FL), Allie McLaughlin CO, and Alex Dunne CA. Raleigh Relays (NC) - High School Invitational 3200 on Friday and New Bern boys making assault on relay national records against collegiate competition Illinois Prep Top Times Classic (IL) - Indoor finale for indoor season to feature NIN pentathlon champ Shakeia Pinnick, distance stars Stephanie Brown and Jeff Thode, field event athletes Dan Block and Mick Viken. Mt. Carmel Invite (CA) - Reggie Wyatt, one of the nation's top returning hurdlers with a 35.90 personal best in the 300 meter hurdles, opens his season in the hurdles and 400 meter dash. Mac Fleet, one of the fastest milers in the country, a rare appearance in the 3200 meter run. FSU Relays (FL) - Patrick McGregor from Alabama, who battled Fleet twice indoors at the mile distance, also jumps up to the 3200 meter run this weekend against some of Florida's best. McGregor's Hoover teammate and 7+ foot high jumper Anthony May will also be competing in Tallahase. Chandler Rotary Invite (AZ) - A long standing meet with 69 years of history will feature competitive boys 1600 and 400 as well as girls high jump fields.
Running against collegiate competition at the NC State hosted Raleigh Relays on Friday evening, the New Bern boys of North Carolina (competing as club Track Eastern) broke the US high school national record in the sprint medley relay with a second place finish in the fast section in a time of 3:19.58. New Bern was pulled along to the national record by event winners St. Augustine (3:19.48). It was an incredible 7 second improvement from their US leading indoor best of 3:26.28 from the Simplot Games. The relay order and unofficial splits: Fuquwan Greene (200-20.9), Miles Sparks (200-21.9), Anthony Hendrix (400-46.5), & Andrew Hendrix (800-1:49). The Raleigh Relays also has high school 3200 meter races on Friday as Samantha George of Millbrook (NC) won the girls 3200 leading 6 under 11:10 with her 10:56.76. George is only a ninth grader and won the freshmen mile at Nike Indoor Nationals two weeks ago in Boston. Winner of the boys race was Chapel Hill's Taylor Gilland as he defeated Foot Locker 3rd place finisher Thomas Porter of Mountain View VA (9:14) in a final time of 9:11.
The Iowa State Indoor T&F Championships held at the University of Northern Iowa saw a US all-time performance in the girls high jump from Hannah Willms as the Dike-New Hartford High School athlete cleared a US #7 all-time height of 6'00.25". Willms now takes over as the late national indoor leader in the event. Waukee's Collete Gnabe and Sioux City East's Shelby Houlihan pressed each other to national caliber times in the 800 meter run with Gnade as the winner in a US #8 time of 2:11.19 and Houlihan in second at 2:13.47. Iowa State Indoor T&F Girls Championships Results
The Texas Southern Relays was by far the best outdoor meet of the weekend with a total of five US #1 performances with Christina Holland in the girls 300 meter hurdles (42.54), Deandre Jones in the boys long jump (24'7.50"), Nia Fluker in the girls 800 meter run (2:10.22), Taylor Rosser in the girls shot put (46'3"), and the Lancaster boys in the SMR (3:30.52). A collegiate meet showcased North Carolina's best high school athletes at the 49ers Classic with the New Bern boys taking no break from their indoor season with three three relay titles last weekend at Nike Indoor with a US #1 performances from Anthony Hendrix in the boys 400 meter dash (47.03) and US top 5 performance from Fuquwan Green in the 200 meter dash. The same meet also saw a US #1 time in the 5K by Alex Gellman of Myers Park in the 5000 meter run at 17:37. At a high school meet in North Carolina, Butler's Aslynn Halvorson launched a US #2 mark of 155'8". The distance relays were rolling out some fast times in California as the Dana Hills boys ran two US leading times at the California Relays with a 10:11 DMR on Friday and 7:45 4x800 on Saturday. The La Reina girls also ran a US #1 time in the DMR at the Camarillo Classic. Anna Jelmini had a meet of big throws at the Atascadero Memorial Mark with US #1 marks in the shot put (50'3") and discus (166'2.50"). Most states are lucky to have a 7 foot high jumper once a year, but California had two over the height in the same meet with Harrison Steed and Jules Sharpe both clearing 7'0" at the San Clemente Trio Invite. Further up the West Coast at the Oregon Preview meet, one of the nation's best returning half milers in Elijah Greer stepped up to 1500 meters against collegiate competition to turn in a sub 4:10 converted mile performance of 3:50.70. Nation best marks in the field events were recorded in Colorado with Mason Finley throwing for a US best of 207'0" in the discus to go along with a US #2 shot put mark of 66'8" in the same meet. More... MileSplit US National Outdoor T&F Rankings: Boys - Girls
Some swift early season distance medley relay times were posted on Friday in invitationals held in California. At the California Relays, Elias Gedyon (pictured left by Margot Kelly) ran a sub 4:10 1600 meter anchor leg for Loyola (10:14.48), but his team finished three seconds behind a Dana Hills squad who clocked a US #1 outdoor time of 10:11.99. With the potential of the Albemarle boys (VA), Nike Indoor Nationals champion and US #2 all-time indoor DMR, coming out to Arcadia next month, there is potential of a great DMR battle if both teams opt to compete in the relay race. In the same meet, the Wilson High girls from Long Beach could have ran a faster combined 1600 leg than Gedyon with their 4:06.83 victory in the SMR. The La Reina girls clocked an early US leader in the DMR at the Camarillo Classic with a time of 12:18.09. Host school Camarillo had a strong performance out of sophomore Heyden Woof with his 15:12.27 victory in the rarely contested 5000 meter run.
MileSplit US has an incredible amount of photos from last weekend's two indoor nationals meets. See for yourself below. Nike Indoor Nationals Photo Gallery - Just under 6,000 photos total National Scholastic Indoor Championships Photo Galleries Winners Gallery Friday Events - 2,900+ photos total Saturday Events - 800+ photos total Sunday Events - 1,700+ photos total Additional Gallery - 450 photos total
He was inspired to run by one Olympic champion and has been compared to another. Tavaris Tate wouldn’t mind one day joining their company. So far the Mississippi native and Starkville High senior is taking the right path to achieving that success. This past weekend, Tate solidified his position as the top quarter-miler in the country, capturing the 400-meter run at the Nike Indoor Nationals. He won a close race over Seton Hall (N.J.) Prep senior Clayton Parros, circling around the oval at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center with a time of 47.84 seconds to Parros’ 47.85 effort.
Just about 5:30 on Sunday night, the Nike Indoor Nationals came to close. For the boys, the final day of the three-day meet couldn’t have had a better ending. The hundreds of spectators that filled the seats at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center were treated to an exciting afternoon that included a pair of national records among a cluster of spectacular performances. Here’s a recap of a long day of track & field that was worth the price of admission and perhaps a few dollars more:
Albemarle HS, VA shatters the Boys 4x800 National Record 7:36.99!!!! New National record for Wayne Davis South Raleigh HS, NC 7.60! in 60m Hurdles US #3 All-Time 60m Dash for Devon Smith Westlake HS, MD 6.63 US #3 All-Time Shot Put for Stephen Saenz Rio Grande City HS, TX 71-0 1/2 New US #1 Boys Mile Andrew Springer Westerly HS, RI wins the boys mile with a 28.6 last 200m to hold off Pat McGregor Hoover HS, AL and Mac Fleet Univeristy City HS, CA 4:08.47 New US #1 Girls Mile Emily Lipari Rosyln HS, NY kicks home to US #1 4:47.44 in the mile Day 3 from Nike Indoor Nationals (Click Events for results) Girls 1 Mile: New US#1 Emily Lipari Rosyln HS, NY 4:47.44 last 100m surge sprint by Melanie Thompson Voorhes, NJ & Corey McGee Pass Christian HS, LA Boys 1 Mile: Andrew Springer Westerly HS, RI wins the boys mile with a 28.6 last 200m to hold off Pat McGregor Hoover HS, AL and Mac Fleet Univeristy City HS, CA 4:08.47 Girls 400m: Back to back titles for Briana Nelson J.L. Mann HS, SC 54.15 NEW US #1 Boys 400m: US #1 Tarvis Tate Starkville HS, MS 47.84 holds off Clayton Parros Seton Hall Prep HS, NJ 47.85 Girls 60m: US#2 University of Texas bound Chalonda Goodman Newnan HS, GA 7.42 Boys 60m: US #1 Devon Smith Westlake HS, MD US #3 All-Time 6.63 Girls 60m Hurdles: Jasmin Stowers Pendleton HS,SC new US #1 8.30 Boys 60m Hurdles: US #1 Wayne Davis South Raleigh HS, NC 7.60 NR Girls 800m: Laura Roesler Fargo South HS, ND 2:08.80 in first race of season Boys 800m: Bill Ledder Gonzaga College HS, VA 1:52.75 Girls 2 Mile:Jordan Hasay Misson College Prep HS, CA 10:10.89 MR Boys 2 Mile: Lukas Verzbicas Lincoln-Way Central HS, IL 8:57.44 National Freshman Record Girls 200m: Chalonda Goodman Newnan HS, GA adds 2nd title of day 23.96 Boys 200m: Fuqauwn Greene New Bern HS, NC 21.53 Girls 4x800: Hammer TC (Southern Regional HS, NJ) just misses National record 8:54.11 MR Boys 4x800: Albermarle HS, VA shatters National Record 7:36.99 Girls 4x400: Blazin Raiders (Eleanor Roosevelt HS, MD) 3:43.52 MR Boys 4x400: Track Eastern Carolina (New Bern HS, NC) wins another relay title 3:15.02 MR Field Events Girls Pole Vault: Arian Beaumont-Courteau Montreal, Canada sets new Canadian HS record 13-8 1/4 Boys Long Jump: US #24 ranked Zach Smith Kentlake HS, WA pops off a huge 23-11 jump on his last chance to seize title Girls Shot Put: Julie Labonte makes the trip state side worth it winning her 2nd National title in the SP this weekend 51-9 3/4 Girls Long Jump: Brittany Porter Triple Action HS, GA pops a US #1 and huge personal best 20-7 1/4 Boys Shot Put: US #1/ #3 All-Time Stephen Saenz Rio Grande City HS, TX 71-0 1/2 MR Boys High Jump: Erik Keynard Rogers HS, OH ups US #1/ 39 All-Time 7-3
West Windsor-Plainsboro boys take down national record, New Bern scores 1st of likely several titles
In pursuit of a national record at the Nike Indoor Nationals on Saturday afternoon, the Knights Track Club’s 4x1 mile relay team earned that mark with ease inside the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center. Despite leadoff runner Ryan Sleeper falling to the surface before the first 200, the quartet of Sleeper, Tyler Corkedale and twin brothers Jim and Joe Rosa, who are all teammates at West Windsor-Plainsboro (N.J.) High North, smashed the old mark by more than four seconds, combining for a time of 17 minutes, 21.58 seconds. Track Eastern Carolina (TEC), a talented 4x200-meter team from New Bern (N.C.) High, also were eyeing a national mark.. One tough exchange and a little nudge along the way prevented that from happening. Nonetheless, the foursome of Faqauwn Greene, Daishawn Styron, Anthony Hendrix and Andrew Hendrix left the track with a new meet record with a combined time of 1:27.91. That clocking smashed the old mark of 1:28.90.
SUNDAY: Robbie Andrews and Conor McCollough both shatter US record. Purvis and Rankin win the 60m dashes, Wilson and Crawford win the HH. SATURDAY: Nick Vena (Morristown, NJ) tosses shot put 70-05, which is a National Soph. record, NJ states record, and Armory record. FRIDAY: Solomon Haile(Sherwood, MD) wins in a new national record time of 14:22.88. Fordham Prep breaks national record in the shuttle hurdle relay with their 29.15 winning time. Sheepshead Bay is 2nd in 29.18, the 2nd fastest time ever. Swensen Tech girls win in 33.40.
Sunday Coverage Complete Results Sunday Boys Story & Summary by Stephen Mazzone Sunday Highlights: Albemarle 7:36.99 4x800 National Record! Wayne Davis NC 7.30 60H National Record! Stephen Saenz TX 71'0" Shot Put US #3 All-Time - Devon Smith MD 6.63 US #3 All-time. Photo Gallery - Select photos of winners posted. Many more pictures to come. Saturday Coverage Saturday Results Boys Story (excluding DMR & SMR) by Stephen Mazzone Saturday Highlights: The Rosa twins and the West Windsor Plainsboro North took down the national record in the 4xmile by four seconds in 17:21.58. Meet records in the 4x200 from Eleanor Roosevelt (1:39.33)and New Bern NC (1:27.91). Interviews, stories and photos to be posted later. Friday Coverage Friday Results Friday Highlights: National Record performances by Connor McCullough in the weight throw (92'7.50") & Lukasz Verzbicas (14:18.42). Meet summary with quotes and performances entered into database from day 1 events.
Day 2 at NIN was all about breaking records, at day's end 7 meet records were broken, including one National Record. Check out the action New National 4xMile Boys Record for Knights TC (West Windsor Plainsboro North, NJ) 17:21.58 Lead by the Rosa brothers (Jim and Joe), Knights, TC took 4.4 seconds off the previous national record. Both DMR meet records are shattered, first the girls as Hammer TC (Southern Regional HS, NJ) clocks US #1 DMR 11:41.12, #3 US ALL-TIME followed by Albemarle HS, VA boys 10:02.13 US#1/ #2 ALL-TIME US #1 miler Jillian Smith brings Southern Regional HS from behind with a 4:44.8 leg to smash meet record and record #3 All-Time mark. In the boys race it was anchor leg Anthony Kostelac's strong last 200m that propelled Albemarle to the meet record with his (4:09) leg. Two new US #1's and one meet record in TJ US #1 Triple Jumper David Wilson George Washington HS, VA ups his best jump to 51-5 3/4, breaks 9 year old meet record in the process On the girls side it was US #1 Ciarra Brewer Logan HS, CA upping her mark to 42-0 1/2 in the process Ciarra set a new sophomore national record. 4X200 Relay: Two Meet Records gone: First meet record of the day goes down in the Girls 4x200 Relay as the Blazin Raiders (Eleanor Roosevelt HS, MD) break 2 year old record with 1:39.33. Track Eastern Carolina (New Bern) takes down boys meet record with blazing 1:27.91 Another race another meet record for Track Eastern Carolina (New Bern) as they take down Sprint Medley record 3:27.64 Winners (click events for full results) Boys Mile Racewalk: Alejandro Chavez TX 6:39.79 Girls Mile Racewalk: Ashley O'Shea NY 7:42.3 Freshman Girls Mile: Samantha George NC 5:09.37 Freshman Boys Mile: Dustin Wilson PA 4:32.61 Girls 4x200 Relay: Blazin Raiders Eleanor Roosevelt, MD 1:39.33 MR Boys 4x200 Relay: Track Eastern Carolina (New Bern) NC 1:27.91 MR Girls Shuttle Hurdles: Western Branch, VA 34.88 Boys Shuttle Hurdles: Sheepshead Bay, NY 30.13 Girls 4x1 Mile Relay: Newton South , MA 20:25.90 Boys 4x1 Mile Relay: West Windsor Plainsboro North (Knights TC), NJ 17:21.58 NR Girls 400m Trials: US #1 Briana Nelson Greenville, SC 55.85 leads qualifiers Boys 400m Trials: US#1 Tarvaris Tate Starkville HS, MS 47.85 leads the qualifiers Girls 200m Trials: US #2 Chalonda Goodman Newnan HS, GA 24.15 leads qualifiers Boys 200m Trials: US #2 Taravis Tate Starkville HS, MS 21.49 leads qualifiers Girls Distance Medley: US #1/All-Time #3 mark for Hammer TC (Southern Regional HS, NJ) 11:41.12 MR Boys Distance Medley: US #1/ #2 ALL-TIME Albemarle HS, VA 10:02.13 MR Girls Sprint Medley: Blazin Raiders (Eleanor Roosevelt HS, MD) set new US #1 mark 4:02.32 Boys Sprint Medley: Track Eastern Carolina (New Bern) 3:27.64 MR Boys Pole Vault: US#2 Chase Cooper Smoky Hill HS, CO 16-0 Boys Triple Jump: US #1 David Wilson George Washington HS, VA sets new #1 mark 51-5 3/4 MR Girls Triple Jump: US #1 Ciarra Brewer Logan HS, CA ups her mark 42-0 1/2 Girls High Jump: Alexandria Morgan Mountain Brook HS, AL 5-8 1/2 Girls Pentathlon: Amazing 800 meter leg by Shakeia Pinnock Aurora, IL shocks the field with a 2:15.09 800m comes from 4th place to the top of the podium. 3627 Boys Pentathlon: Nieman Wise Lake Brantley HS, FL 3805
Wayne Seaton said he was hoping. He hoped that every time he tore through another step on the track and Sheepshead Bay’s anchor leg would draw nearer. The Fordham Prep senior hoped with each step until he closed even with his team’s rival and barreled across the finish line.
NIN Day 1 Highlights: McCullough smashes WT record, freshmen Verzbicas takes down short lived record
Connor McCullough smashes national record in weight throw! Photo by Derek Veilleux Freshmen phenom Verzbicas makes Haile's 5K HSR short lived Photo by Derek Veilleux There were only two events held on Friday at the Reggie Lewis Center for the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals and there were two national records. If the trend continues through Saturday and Sunday, there is going to be major revisions done to the national high school track record book. Connor McCullough had shattered the national record in the weight throw one year ago in a victory at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships. The senior from California made his first trip to the East Coast this year for the weight throw competition on Friday at NIN. When he was finished, McCullough had bettered his old national record mark on two attempts with his final attempt making the new national record nearly five feet better than a year ago with a monster throw of 92'7.50". When asked if he thought he could throw as far as he did, "Not at all, I didn't expect to throw this far." While McCullough became a national record holder as a junior, Lukasz Verzbicas may be one of a kind in setting a national record holder as a freshmen. Verzbicas simply dominated a field of upperclassmen runners as the ninth grader from Lincoln-Way Central in Illinois won by a whopping 43 second margin of victory. The difference between himself and his competition was almost impressive as his final time. Foot Locker Nationals champion Solomon Haile had set a new high school indoor record in the 5K only hours earlier at NSIC, but Verzbicas made it extremly short lived as he crossed the line in a new national record time of 14:18.42. Verzbicas knew that Haile had set the record earlier in the day at 14:22, and his dad told him to shoot for 14:16 going into the race. Lukas talked about his desire to double back and win the 2 mile on Sunday. "I won't be going for the national record, I just want to win, I know it's going to be difficult." Also when asked about his plans for the outdoor season, he responded "I hope to run, but I will be focusing on the triathlon." If today was a glimpse at the future, it's certainly going to be a bright one for the youngster. Their female counterparts did not set any national records, but US #1 performances were at least produced by Lauren Chambers of Georgia in the weight throw at 58'10.25" and Chelsea Oswald of Ohio in the 5000 meter run at 17:03.82. A freshmen national record was set by the race runner-up to Oswlald, Samantha Nadel from North Shore High School of New York in 17:15.38. Oswald executed her race plan to a T. She sat back early and let everyone else set the pace, and when it was time to go she had plenty left in the tank as she accelerated over the last mile to easily pull away from the field. Oswald said "I set a new PR. I didn't know I could run that fast." Nike Indoor Nationals - Day 1 Results Photos Day 1
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Only two events are being contested on Friday at the Nike Indoor Nationals as the meet has extended from its usual Saturday-Sunday two day format to accomodate the weight throw and 5000 meter run. The weight throw has stacked fields with the US leaders for both boys and girls and many of the US top 10 performances also present. Meanwhile, the 5000 meter run is definitely missing many of the considered elite distance runners in the country, but will be a good opportunity for a next tier of runners to step up and become Nike national champions. Pictured right: Chelsea Oswald of Ohio, a Foot Locker finalist this past fall, is one of several contenders in a fairly wide open girls 5000 meter race on Thursday evening at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Heat sheets for the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals to be held this weekend at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
Updated MileSplit US national leaderboard and event rankings for the current indoor season as of March 10th. New US #1's include: Boys 2Mile - Andrew Springer (Westerly RI) 9:02.58 Girls 1500 - Emily Lipari (Roslyn NY) 4:32.59 Girls 4x800 - Newton South MA 9:04.13 Email missing performances from the national rankings to email@example.com
Lauren Chambers (pictured left by Tim Fulton) of Kell High School in Marietta, Georgia began her outdoor season on Sunday with a great mark in the hammer throw as she launched a US #4 all-time performance of 191'11". Chambers also had US #1 mark in the weight throw at 58'10". US leading outdoor performances were also produced at the Georgia Weight Throw Championships by Grayson GA senior Nabil Mubarak in both the hammer throw (205'7") and weight throw (73'10"). Mubarak's weight throw mark would rank #2 in the country on the indoor national list. Chambers and Mubarak are entered in both indoor national meets this weekend in Boston and New York. Results
Entry lists for the two indoor national championship meets coming up this weekend. MileSplit US will be providing meet previews and on-site coverage for both events. NIke Indoor Nationals Entry List National Scholastic Indoor Championships Entry List
MileSplit US will attempt to publish a weekly list of featured interview articles by many of our state webmasters with top national caliber athletes within their states. South Carolina - Briana Nelson - Interview by John Olson with the US 400 leader. Florida - Dentarius Locke - Interview by Jason Byrne with one of the top returning sprinters in the state and 2008 Nike Outdoor Nationals runner-up in the 100 and 200 meter dash. Florida - Justin Osking - Interview by Jason Byrne with a talented young sophomore thrower. California - Mac Fleet - Interview by Margot Kelly with the Reebok Indoor Games mile champion and US leader. California - Zack Zorres - Interview by Margot Kelly with the California high school senior famous for his dive for the final All-American spot at Foot Locker Nationals. California - Alex Dunne - Interview by Margot Kelly with a California state champion in cross country and track as well as two-time Foot Locker finalist.
While many states have finished their indoor season and their athletes are either preparing for the two indoor national meets this weekend or the outdoor season, Indiana just got started with their indoor season as a more than a handful of meets were held this past weekend across the Hoosier State. Top performances at this weekend's Indiana high school meets included a US #7 mark of 45'7.50" in the shot put by Kyla Buckley of North Central and a 15'7" clearance by Corey Shank of Northrop High School in the pole vault.
The field events had many of the top performances at the Wyoming State Indoor T&F Championships held in Laramie on Saturday. The boys' pole vault was a deep competition with five vaulters over 14'6" including a pair from Cody High School both clearing 15 feet in Landon Blanchard and Hayden Bales with Bales as the event champion. The Cody girls vaulters also dominated the event with a 1-2 finish from Betsey Whisonant (11'9") and Anna Bales (11'0") with Whisonant setting a new meet record. Whisonant, third in the high jump, saw teammate Cate Brus clear a new meet record height of 5'6.25" in the high jump. Sheridan High School's Boomer McLaughlin successsfully cleared 6'9" in the high jump to break the state meet record by four inches. McLaughlin joins only 13 others in the nation who went as high as 6'9" this indoor season. The Campbell County boys (106 pts) and Cheyenne Central girls (115 pts) were the state team champions. The Campbell County boys had two meet record breaking wins in the relays from their 4x800 (8:23.98) and 4x400 (3:33.98). More... WY State Indoor T&F Championships - Complete Results 73 National Elites
Jack Whitt, the US indoor leader in the pole vault, kicked off his outdoor season at the Putnam City Invitational with an outstanding personal best clearance of 17'10.75". The Norman High School North senior from Oklahoma had a previous best of 17'2" in the event, so it was a significant improvement as his clearance this weekend ranks US #7 on the high school outdoor all-time list. Whitt then made attempts over at the national record height of 18'3" held by Tommy Skipper, but was unsuccessful at 18'3.25". However, a great start for Whitt who is skipping both of indoor national meets, but has big goals for this spring as indicated in his recent interview article with MileSplit US.
The New York girls showed up the New York boys as the performances in the second half of the New York State Indoor Championships have been quite impressive with two US #1 performances and a freshmen national record. Lancaster's Melissa Kurzdorfer was the current US leader in the shot put and went ahead to improve her season best in the event at Cornell with a big throw of 48'2.25". Kurdorfer, a junior, is now a three-time New York indoor state champion in the event. The girls distance races have been stellar today as well in Ithaca. Roslyn junior Emily Lipari, the current US leader in the 3K at 9:50, became the nation's fastest at 1500 meters as well with a 4:32.59 victory. 1500 runner-up Shelby Greany of Suffern was just three seconds off Lipari's US #1 time in the 3K as she kicked it in for a strong 9:53 win. A rising star is found at Colonie High School in freshmen Kyle Plante (pictured left by Tim Fulton) as she defeated a strong field in the 300 meter dash including previous US #3 performer Chamique Francis with a US #2 38.53 performance. More impressively, her time shattered the high school freshmen national record in the event. More... Meet Results: Boys - Girls Meet Articles by Chris Hunt of ArmoryTrack.com: Boys - Girls Photo Galleries by Tim Fulton of ArmoryTrack.com: Boys Events (615 photos total) - Girls Events (535 photos total)
Three huge performances were recorded this evening at the New England Championships in Boston as Andrew Springer (Westerly RI) ran a US #1 2 mile of 9:02.58, which would convert under 9 minutes for 3200 meters. Meanwhile, Cas Loxsom (Wilbur Cross CT) dropped two seconds from his previous best in the 600 to clock a US #2 1:18.72 600. The Newton South girls were unable to win a Massachusetts state title last week in the 4x800, but now are the fastest time in the country and US #7 all-time in their 9:04.13 victory. More to come from the Reggie Lewis Center including a full meet summary and videos. Complete Results 430 National Elite Performances Photo Gallery by Derek Veilleux of MileSplit US affiliate MaineTrackXC.com Race Videos: Boys 55 Final - Boys 300 Seeded - Boys 1000 Sec 2 - Boys 2 Mile - Boys 55H Final - Girls 55 Final - Girls 600 Sec 3 - Girls 1000 Heat 2 - Girls 2 Mile - Girls 55H Final
Oklahoma’s Jack Whitt hasn’t experienced too many setbacks in his brief career as a high school pole-vaulter. But there was one that occurred last summer for the senior from Norman North High School. Ranked No. 3 at the Nike Outdoor Nationals, held on June 19, Whitt fell far short of his then-personal best of 16 feet, 9 inches with a leap of 15-2, a performance that tied him for eighth overall. “It was a long, 18-hour drive with my dad to begin with,” recalled Whitt, about the meet, which took place at North Carolina A&T University. “When the meet started, we had a tailwind and then it switched to a (headwind) and sometimes crosswind. I was not used to jumping in those conditions, and just didn’t have a good meet.” Since that performance at the Nike meet, things have been looking nothing but up for one of the Sooner State’s finest prep athletes.
The New England Indoor Championships will be held on Friday, March 6th at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The meet will gather top athletes and relays from Massachussetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The 2 mile races will feature two of the nation's best in Andrew Springer of Rhode Island and Emily Jones of Massachusetts. Jones ran a US #1 10:29 2 mile last weekend at the Massachussetts State Meet, while Springer has been the US leader in the 3K since early season at 8:27. Daundre Barnaby dominated the Connecticut State Meet a few weeks ago winning several events and will attempt to do the same at the regional level as the Weaver High School senior is the top seed in the 600 (1:20.29) and 300 (34.10) meter dashes and likely will be featured on the top seeded 4x400. Read more... Also Meet Preview (event by event) from MileSplit US affiliate MaineTrackXC.com's Derek Veilleux
Some years ago, Track Eastern Carolina Coach “Big Dave” Simpson felt that having kids under 13 in his club was too much like running a day care. Odds are he’ll be singing a different tune next weekend. A former teammate told Simpson of 12-year-old twins Anthony and Andrew Hendrix who were running 2:15 halves at the local recreation center. At about that time, Simpson ran into Nicholas Sparks training his son Miles on the oval. Soon thereafter, young Fuquawn Greene was in also in the picture. Something was brewing in New Bern, N.C. But that was five years ago. Now heading up what is possibly the most talked about indoor team in the nation, Simpson is days away from taking these New Bern High School boys on a mission to break records at the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals. That’s right – the focus in Boston on March 14 and 15 is not just to win – but to set a new standard. Read more...
MileSplit US affiliate, ArmoryTrack.com, will be providing in-depth coverage of this weekend's New York State Indoor Championships being held in Ithaca at Cornell University. The state of New York has some of the best athletes in the country from this indoor season including several US leaders and many US top 10 performers who will be going head to head in several showcase events this weekend. NY State Indoor Championships - Boys Preview NY State Indoor Championships - Girls Preview NY State Indoor Championships - Meet Entries NY State Indoor Championships - Meet Information
The MITS State Championships held at Central Michigan University this past weekend had more than a handful of US top 10 performances led by two US #2's with Foot Locker Nationals 3rd place finisher Megan Goethals clocking a 3200 time of 10:33.81, while Ariel Roberts tied several others with the nation's #2 clearance in the high jump at 5'9". The Rochester junior Goethals just missed the meet record, while Roberts was a repeat champion in the high jump. Tommy Brinn, a senior from Otsego High School and one of the top returning half milers in the country, dominated the 800 meter run with a four second margin of victory in his US #7 1:54.65. The boys' throwing events had some impressive marks thanks to two athletes in Allendale senior Zack Hill and Saline senior Quinn Dawson. The two throwers split victories in the shot put and weight throw with Hill as the shot put winner in a US #8 61'9", while Dawson put up a US #10 66'4.75" in the weight throw. It was a close finish for the girls 60 meter hurdles title as two US top 10 performances were produced from champion Christienne Linton (US #5 8.61) and runner-up Bridgette Owens-Mitchell (US #7 8.64). Chris Jimmerson of Okemos and Bradley James of Haslett put on a thrilling show for fans in the high jump with both clearing a US #5 height of 6'10". Earlier misses gave first place to the senior Jimmerson. MITS State Championships Results: Boys - Girls
In Illinois at the Proviso West Invitational, several solid performances were recorded in the boys events. 2008 World Juniors team member Dan Block of Lake Park had a solid mark in the shot over 60 feet at US #9 61'0.50", despite following his other attempts. Danny Pawola of Neuqua Valley checked in with a time in the 3200 meter run which put him just outside of the US top 10 with his 9:15.50 victory. Pawola ran a fairly even race with a 4:38 split at 1600 meters. Neuqua Valley also won the 4x800 meter relay over York High School in a time of 8:11. Russell Petty of Naperville Central had a successful clearance of 6'9" to win the high jump easily and the football star also picked up first place finishes in the long jump and triple jump to sweep the jumping events. Proviso West Invitational Complete Results
Entries as of March 2nd for the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals to be held March 13th through March 15th at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
James Taylor makes history with 4 state titles Peavey breaks Webb's 1600 meet record in 4:09 Butts ties state record with 5'9" HJ, breaks own LJ record with 20'0.50" mark Albemarle boys run US #5 7:44.70 4x800! All photos by Ted Plunkett More coverage of Virginia AAA State Indoor Championships at MileStat.com More Coverage of Virginia AA State Indoor Championships at MileStat.com
The Louie Bing Classic is always a star studded affair for the short stuff and the jumps and that's basically because Miami teams typically dominate these events and all the big guns come out for it. This year was no exception and our leaderboard of a week's worth of state rankings was completely rewritten by this meet for just about every event 800 meters and shorter, boys and girls. Last year's much lauded middle school sensation Robin Reynolds officially became a freshman phenom, opening her high school career with Miami Jackson. She earned three golds and a bronze in the two-day meet.