2020 NBNI: Previewing The Sprints And Hurdles

Index: 60m (Girls And Boys) Preview - 200m Preview - 400m Preview - 60mH Preview

* Bowie's Brandon Nya is in the hunt for a possible 200m championship

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Boys 200 Meter Dash

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Contenders: Dylan Brown (Detroit Renaissance, MI), Isaiah Teer (Arlington Martin, TX), Donovan Sanders (Girard College, PA), Brandon Nya (Bowie, MD), Erriyon Knighton (Tampa Hillsborough, FL), Michael Gupton (Rolesville, NC), Gavin Schurr (Fairview, CO).

Breakdown: The No. 1 athlete in the country, Cameron Rose, is not entered, which makes this race a little more interesting at the top. But it will have no shortage of firepower. Brown, who finished third last year, enters as the top seed following his time of 21.30 seconds at the SPIRE Scholastic Showcase in February.

Meanwhile, US No. 8 Nya, US No. 9 Teer and US No. 11 Sanders are all entered and all have run under 21.52. There's also Schurr, who ran 21.57 at the Simplot Games, plus Gupton and Knighton -- one of Florida's top sprinters -- to worry about. A year ago, Somerset's Mario Heslop amazed onlookers when he dropped a crazy sub-21 effort in 20.90 -- to shock everyone. Will we have a shock winner again? 

* Laila Owens ran a 200m time of 23.54 last year at Texas Tech

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Girls 200 Meter Dash

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Contenders:  Kayla Davis (Run U Xpress, NC), Kimberly Harris (Buford, GA), Autumn Wilson (St. Dominic Salvio Catholic, TX), Leah Phillips (Bullis School, NC), Laila Owens (Fort Bend Bush, TX), Talitha Diggs (Saucon Valley, PA), Trinity Price (Buford, GA), Raven Nunnery (John Curtis, LA).

Breakdown: This race is set to be one of NBNI's best. There is a near guarantee that it will go under 24 seconds, with five girls who have already broken that barrier entered in the field. The best among them is Owens, who will be running in her first national championship event and leads the country with a time of 23.55 seconds from January.

Then there's Phillips, who owns a US No. 3 mark of 23.68, though will she be busy -- she's also competing in the 60mH and might be entered in as many as two more relays. Diggs is US No. 4 (23.79), Wilson is US No. 5 (23.80) and Price is US No. 8 (23.99).

But there are two sleepers. The first is Harris, who hasn't broken 24 yet indoors. She opted for the 200m instead of the the 400m, which she won in 2019, and has only run the distance twice over the season. The next is Davis. She hasn't competed since the beginning of February and hasn't broken 24 yet, but she owns a PR of 23.08 from this past outdoor season and remains one of the most talented teenagers we've ever seen on the track.