New Balance Nationals - Girls Distance Recap

Recap of the championship girls distance races from the 2014 New Balance Nationals Outdoor.

New Balance Nationals Recaps: Girls 800 - Girls Mile - Girls 2 Mile - Girls 5K - Girls Steeple

Championship Girls 800 Summary

With all the attention on Olivia Baker entering the girls 800 final as the Columbia (NJ) track star had dazzled fans with her 2:02 split at the Penn Relays in the Championships 4x800 meter relay, Raevyn Rogers from Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas had to remind everyone why she was the defending national champion in the event and a World Youth bronze medalist from 2013.

She took the field out in 60 seconds for the first 400 meters, while Baker lingered back in the pack. Coming off the final turn, Baker had moved herself up into second place position to chase after Rogers, but Rogers did not let her form break down on her and instead powered her way to a second straight New Balance Nationals outdoor 800 meter time with a US #4 performance of 2:04.88. Rogers is out to prove that she is best prep miler in the country this summer as she will race next weekend at the Brooks PR Invitational against the likes of Alexa Efraimson.

Baker entered the race with a open 800 PR of only 2:08, so she was able to beat that time easily as the national runner-up in 2:06.01. She had to work hard to grab second place with Hannah Parker (NH), Karina Sheppard (MA), Ersula Farrow (MI), Blake Dodge (NC), and Corinne Myers (NJ) all there with 100 to go and finishing with times in the 2:06 to 2:07 range. 

Championship Girls 800m (View Official Results)

F 800 Meter Run - Finals  
Place Overall Athlete Class Team Result Heat  
1 1 Rogers, Raevyn 12 Kinkaid School 2:04.88 1  
2 2 Baker, Olivia 12 Columbia HS 2:06.01 1  
3 3 Parker, Hannah 11 Coe Brown Academy 2:06.85 1  
4 4 Shepard, Karina 12 Dracut High School 2:07.16 1  
5 5 Farrow, Ersula 11 Grosse Pointe South 2:07.22 1  
6 6 Dodge, Blake 12 West Carteret 2:07.25 1  
7 7 Myers, Corinne 12 Westwood HS 2:07.45 1  
8 8 Colter, Jordyn 11 Cherry Creek High School 2:08.79 1  
9 9 Walker, Sarah 10 Germantown Friends School 2:09.12 1  
10 10 Jenks, Stephanie 10 Linn-Mar High School 2:09.18 1  
11 11 Berkson, Maddy 12 Classical High School 2:10.22 1  
12 12 Fray, Jazmine 11 Kellenberg Memorial 2:10.25 1  
13 13 Beazley, Kennedy 12 Saline 2:11.29 1  
14 14 Looker, Aleta 12 Ellsworth High School 2:11.31 1  
15 15 Taintor, Amy 12 E.O. Smith High School 2:11.59 1  
16 16 Newman, Meredith 10 Manheim Township 2:11.73 1  
17 17 Fuller, Annie 11 Manistee 2:12.07 1  
18 18 Green, Claire 12 Monarch High School 2:12.09 1  
19 19 Stremme, Rachel 11 Ocean City HS 2:12.67 1  
20 20 Trucilla, Grace 11 Villa Maria Academy 2:12.75 1  
21 21 Jones, Candace 11 Patriot High School 2:13.19 1  
22 22 Vitello, Adrian 12 Freehold Twp HS 2:13.98 1  
23 23 Grove, Ellison 12 Battlefield 2:14.36 1  
24 24 Buckley, Colleen 11 Immaculate Heart Academy 2:14.59 1  
25 25 Higgins, Calleigh 12 Pope John XXIII HS 2:15.03 1  
26 26 Dekker, Eliza 11 Durham Academy 2:15.26 1  
27 27 Piccolo, Amy 11 Ursuline Academy 2:16.32 1  
28 28 Bracher, Emily 11 Freehold Twp HS 2:17.00 1  
29 29 Jennings, Alexa 11 Centerville 2:17.19 1  
30 30 Johnson, Sinclaire 10 Lake Brantley HS 2:17.58 1  
31 31 Witty, Lydia 11 Harpeth Hall School 2:17.76 1  
32 32 Martel, Alex 12 Lane Tech High School 2:18.75 1  
33 33 Quinn, Shannon 11 Trinity (3) 2:26.46 1

 

Championship Girls Mile Summary

For most distance runners, the last race of a triple is usually not their best. They should be fatigued and wore down from their previous two races. Especially if their previous two races add up to 5.1 miles like was the case for Ryen Frazier of Ravenscroft School in North Carolina. The junior Frazier comes from a family no stranger to pulling off incredible sisters at national meets as her big sister Wesley Frazier was able to win national titles in the 5K, 2 mile, and mile last year.

Wesley had wins to carry momentum into her next victory. Meanwhile, Ryen had disappointment especially after blowing up in the 5K on Friday night trying to challenge 2012 Foot Locker Nationals champ and eventual 5K winner Anna Rohrer of Indiana. Ryen's second race of the meet was a bit more redeeming and up to par in grabbing All-American honors in the two mile on Saturday with a fourth place PR finish of 10:25.  

Few could have expected to her to have the legs in her to put together the race that she ran on Sunday in the championship girls mile. Tiana Guevera from Miller Place in New York led the field quickly on her own out front for the first two laps before Josette Norris of New Jersey then Rachel Coleman from Michigan seized the lead. Coming off the final turn, several girls were in position to surge to victory, but Frazier ended up having the greatest will to win to pull away for a remarkable victory in a new personal best drop of four seconds with her time of 4:46.39.

The Michigan Division 1 state champ Rachel Coleman ended up second in 4:47.05 after making a move for the win in the final 200, while Pennsylvania state runner-up Madeleine Davison will be one of the top returnees for next year's race as the North Alleghany sophomore claimed third place in 4:47.07.

‚ÄčThe next challenge for Ryen Frazier? Can she come back next year and win all 3 national titles in the 5K, two mile, and mile like big sister Wesley in 2013? She definitely plans on racing all three again. 

Championship Girls 1 Mile (View Official Results)

F One Mile Run - Finals  
Place Overall Athlete Class Team Result Heat  
1 1 Frazier, Ryen 11 Ravenscroft School 4:46.39 1  
2 2 Coleman, Rachel 12 Northville 4:47.05 1  
3 3 Davison, Madeleine 10 North Allegheny 4:47.07 1  
4 4 Norris, Josette 12 Tenafly HS 4:47.88 1  
5 5 Pagano, Catherine 11 Northern Highlands Reg. HS 4:48.13 1  
6 6 Guevara, Tiana 12 Miller Place 4:50.46 1  
7 7 Ellington, Malia 11 Community School of Davidson 4:51.82 1  
8 8 Tuttle, Tayler 12 Providence Christian Academy 4:54.42 1  
9 9 Paladino, Amelia 12 University High 4:54.81 1  
10 10 Guerra, Julia 10 Indian Hills HS 4:55.72 1  
11 11 Warner, Marin 11 Holmdel HS 4:56.22 1  
12 12 Hurta, Sage 10 Hamilton 4:56.50 1  
13 13 Gilfillan, Darby 12 George Washington High School 4:57.37 1  
14 14 Berkson, Maddy 12 Classical High School 4:58.96 1  
15 15 Smith, Karrigan 11 St. Johns 4:59.74 1  
16 16 Schweikert, Macey 12 James W. Robinson 5:00.24 1  
17 17 Cooney, Riley 11 Mountain View High School 5:04.24 1  
18 18 Kane, Lindsey 11 Washington Twp HS 5:04.82 1  
19 19 Richichi, Gabrielle 11 New Fairfield High School 5:12.23 1  

 

 

Championship Girls 2 Mile Summary

The North Carolina heat and humidity was quite brutal for the two milers on Saturday evening that only the strongest would be able to survive. It turned out that Staples (CT) sophomore Hannah Debalsi was the strongest. After suffering disappointment twice in national championships late in races in both cross country at Foot Locker Nationals being outkicked by Tessa Barrett from Pennsylvania for the national title and then in indoors battling with Barrett again at the end, but tripping and falling down in the final lap of he two mile, Debalsi was not to be denied victory this time around.

The Connecticut state champion Debalsi shot to the lead from the gun and only Alaska's best in Arcadia Invitational 3200 runner-up Allie Ostrander of Kenai Central was willing to give chase. By the final 800 meters, Debalsi was able to shake Ostrander and open up a lead that no one with a great kick would be even in range to use it against her as she crossed the line in a time of 10:09.08 and 13 seconds ahead of the next finisher. Considering how many of the runners' times in the field suffered in the conditions, it makes one wonder how fast that Debalsi could have run in more ideal weather as well as competition to race against on those final two laps. A possible sub 10 in her?

The junior Ostrander struggled to finish coming from a much different climate back home in Alaska and ended up finishing 5th in 10:28, while Montana state champ Makenna Morley earned her second All-American honor of the weekend in Greensboro as she came on strong in the final 200 meters to end up national runner-up in the two mile at 10:22.17.

Championship Girls 2 Mile (View Official Results)

F Two Mile Run - Finals  
Place Overall Athlete Class Team Result Heat  
1 1 Debalsi, Hannah 10 Staples High School 10:09.08 1  
2 2 Morley, Makena 11 Bigfork High School 10:22.17 1  
3 3 Lembo, Katie 12 Penfield 10:24.22 1  
4 4 Frazier, Ryen 11 Ravenscroft School 10:25.12 1  
5 5 Ostrander, Allie 11 Kenai Central High School 10:28.78 1  
6 6 Way, Amber 11 Charlevoix 10:30.56 1  
7 7 Gilfillan, Darby 12 George Washington High School 10:36.02 1  
8 8 Allen, Cate 12 Fairfield Warde 10:39.02 1  
9 9 Rathjen, Natalie 12 Highland Park 10:58.31 1  
10 10 Ellington, Malia 11 Community School of Davidson 10:59.09 1  
11 11 Coleman, Rachel 12 Northville 10:59.95 1  
12 12 Barry, Mackenzie 12 Mendham HS 11:04.47 1  
13 13 Flynn, Anna 10 Ursuline School 11:17.68 1

 

Championship Girls 5K Summary

Welcome back Anna Rohrer to the national stage. The 2012 Foot Locker Nationals champ who missed virtually the entire cross country and indoor season this past year before resuming normal training again in April, the Indiana high school junior distance runner Rohrer looked even fitter than when she won at Balboa Park in San Diego two Decembers ago as she pulled away from a strong field in the girls 5K on day one of the New Balance Nationals in a new personal best and US #1 time of 16:16.97. She dominated the field in winning by a margin of nearly a full 30 seconds.

She was challenged through the first two miles by Ryen Frazier, who was attempting to follow in the footsteps of her sister and last year's 5K champion Wesley Frazier, but Rohrer's pace was too hot for the native of North Carolina to handle as she ended up falling back out of the top 6 All-American places. Roher should have a lot confidence building into cross country season following her 5K track performance at New Balance Nationals to look to her as a much stronger pre-season favorite to compete and go after her second Foot Locker Nationals title next December.

Previous US leader Claire Howlett was in the mix for the first half of the race, but then tripped and nearly fell to the track and that seemed to throw her off for the rest of the race and not be able to catch up to Rohrer. Howlett still finished a respectable third place time of 16:46 in the humid conditions as she was edged out for second place by Texas state champion Natalie Rathjen (2nd, 16:46.24), who certainly was much more acclimated to race well in humid weather.

Championship Girls 5000m (View Official Results)


F 5,000 Meter Run - Finals  
Place Overall Athlete Class Team Result Heat  
1 1 Rohrer, Anna 11 Mishawaka High School 16:16.97 1  
2 2 Rathjen, Natalie 12 Highland Park 16:46.24 1  
3 3 Howlett, Claire 12 Westhill High School 16:46.74 1  
4 4 Dietz, Erin 11 Bedford High School 16:47.34 1  
5 5 Morley, Makena 11 Bigfork High School 16:49.74 1  
6 6 Burda, Bella 11 Arlington 16:57.09 1  
7 7 Busse, Aundrea 12 Springboro 17:07.92 1  
8 8 Brasure, Lauren 12 Rockford 17:09.35 1  
9 9 Frazier, Ryen 11 Ravenscroft School 17:15.14 1  
10 10 Dwyer, Grace 10 Hamilton North - Nottingham 17:18.92 1  
11 11 Barry, Mackenzie 12 Mendham HS 17:20.45 1  
12 12 Fraczkowski, Adrienne 12 Delaware Military Academy 17:21.81 1  
13 13 Sandreuter, Kirstin 12 Greely High School 17:27.65 1  
14 14 McKenna, Molly 12 Peninsula Catholic 17:30.55 1  
15 15 Glasergreen, Eve 11 North Hunterdon HS 17:33.74 1  
16 16 Kettel, Sarah 10 Capital Homeschool 17:45.74 1  
17 17 Saunders, Erin 11 Jefferson Forest 17:50.96 1  
18 18 Halvorsen, Sam 10 Ridgewood HS 17:55.55 1  
19 19 Gerland, Stephanie 10 Garden City 17:55.90 1  
20 20 Sharkey, Brennan 12 West Morris Central HS 17:56.97 1  
21 21 Bishop, Bianca 12 Providence 17:57.63 1  
22 22 Jeffers, Carleen 11 Ridgewood HS 17:59.06 1  
23 23 Ruffo, Kerri 12 Plainfield High School 17:59.37 1  
24 24 Myers, Lindsey 12 Princeton 17:59.88 1  
25 25 Doyle, Aileen 11 Sweet Home 18:01.98 1  
26 26 Grisbaum, Epiphany 11 Ocean City HS 18:09.71 1  
27 27 Ebihara, Sophie 10 Cardinal Gibbons 18:10.17 1  
28 28 Greengrass, Rebekah 11 Panther Creek 18:12.21 1  
29 29 Swanson, Caitlin 10 Tolland High School 18:16.03 1  
30 30 Thatcher, Jessica 11 Elmira District 18:21.70 1  
31 31 Carnahan, Savannah 10 South Forsyth High School 18:32.98 1  
32 32 Jennings, Gabrielle 10 First Baptist Christian 18:36.98 1  
33 33 Anderson, Lily 11 T.C. Roberson 18:43.74 1
 

 

Championship Girls Steeple Summary

Basically the New Balance Nationals simply brought down the field for the New York State Championships from a week ago down to Greensboro for girls 2000 meter steeplechase. Even the annoucer Ian Brooks had to just say if the state is not mentioned when calling out the field, just assume they are from New York. The US leader and New York state champion Kelly Hayes of Pearl Hayes was having an off day clearly as noticed by a few laps into the race laboring to stay up with the leaders, so the door was opened for one of her regular steeple rivals from her homestate to step up and become a champion on this day. 

The two New York steeplers who seemed wired in for the steeplechase race at nationals were Suffern junior Kate Zendell and North Bablyon senior Jessica Scheriff. The two established themselves by lap two as the pace setters and by the last few laps had put some distance between themselves and the chase pack. Zendell started to gap Sheriff a little bit more before the final lap and final water jump, but Scheriff then made things more interesting coming down the final straightaway to close the distance on Zendell and give hope for a come from behind victory.

However, Zendell could sense Sheriff was coming for her and she found enough energy to push it in strong enough to claim the win and New Balance Nationals title in the steeplechase with a time only a mere hundredth of a second off her personal best at 6:51.89 to go from third in her state meet to first in the national meet.

Championship Girls 2K Steeple (View Official Results)

F 2,000 Meter Steeplechase - Finals  
Place Overall Athlete Class Team Result Heat  
1 1 Zendell, Kate 11 Suffern 6:51.89 1  
2 2 Scheriff, Jessica 12 North Babylon 6:52.71 1  
3 3 Muklebust, Alesia 12 Ward Melville 6:55.03 1  
4 4 Garn, Rachel 12 Marcellus 7:00.25 1  
5 5 Duca, Paige 11 Sacred Heart Academy 7:02.87 1  
6 6 Burns, Emily 11 Guilderland 7:04.43 1  
7 7 Melly, Erin 12 Connetquot 7:04.65 1  
8 8 Beaulieu, Madeline 10 Vestal 7:05.28 1  
9 9 Johnston, Anne 11 Darien High School 7:06.85 1  
10 10 Bartello, Marissa 11 Laguna Hills High (SS) 7:09.89 1  
11 11 Scott, Ciara 12 Bowling Green 7:10.08 1  
12 13 Bond, Rebekkah 12 Franklin Academy 7:13.68 1  
13 14 Losito, Clare 11 Williamsville South 7:15.75 1  
14 15 Maloney, Colleen 12 Columbia (Sec 2) 7:15.88 1  
15 16 Hayes, Kelly 12 Pearl River 7:16.47 1  
16 17 Cole, Elsa 9 Fillmore 7:17.81 1  
17 18 Stevenson, Julia 10 Hackley School 7:18.89 1  
18 19 Marvin, Sarah 11 Pawling High School 7:22.40 1  
19 20 Butler, Katelyn 11 Corning 7:24.51 1  
20 21 Ortega, Ally 11 Sweet Home 7:28.11 1  
21 22 Dearie, Molly 11 Saint Anthony's 7:28.55 1  
22 23 Hoffman, Lauren 12 Walt Whitman 7:28.87 1  
23 24 Tinto, Gianna 11 Smithtown West 7:28.90 1  
24 25 Nohilly, Brooke 9 John Jay - Cross River 7:34.26 1  
25 26 Thompson, Gabby 12 New Braunfels 7:35.77 1  
26 27 Gerland, Jennifer 11 Garden City 7:35.83 1  
27 28 Wright, Abbie 11 Assumption 7:36.00 1  
28 29 McGlone, Madison 12 JFK Bellmore 7:43.81 1  
29 30 Bartolomeo, Rachel 12 Cardinal Gibbons 7:46.05 1  
30 31 Gruber, Lauren 10 Syosset 7:51.77 1

 

 

More recaps and stories to come from the 2014 New Balance Nationals!

 
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