Rallying wasn't anything new to Borah High School (ID) graduate Nathan Green.
But on Saturday at Outdoor Nationals in Eugene, Oregon, the University of Washington signee took things to another level.
On the final day of action at new Hayward Field, Green erased an insane 5-second hole with 400 meters to go -- not to mention a brilliant last lap from Niwot's Zane Bergen -- to take his second major championship in back-to-back days, earning the boys mile championship in a winning time of 4:03.30.
On Friday, Green won Brooks PR in 4:01.76 -- which included an amazing final 56 second last lap.
The ensuing hours saw him travel over four hours to Eugene, where he would finish off his career much like the rounds of an NCAA Championship -- two miles in two days.
It hardly mattered.
Green had enough in the tank for an insane last lap that saw his second 55-56 second close in back-to-back days.
Bergen was second in 4:03.90 as the Niwot junior closed in 58 seconds. Conard's (CT) Gavin Sherry, who led through 1,209 in 3:02.45, was third in 4:07.20.
Check out all the action from Outdoor Nationals below:
* Sheldon's Vincent Mestler was eighth in the championship 800m on Saturday
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- The boys championships 800m was wild, to say the least. The winner from the fastest section didn't even win. Instead, the top three finishers from Section 4 went 1-2-3. Corner Canyon's Jake Orr took home his first national title in a U.S. No. 14 time of 1:50.92, while Miles Brown was second in 1:50.95 and Adam Mason was third in 1:51.60.
- Addy Wiley continued to prove why she was the best miler of 2021. The Huntington North junior -- who already owned a U.S. No. 1 time in the mile from the RunningLane Track Championships in June -- won a battle over Sophia Gorriaran, finishing in 4:42.78. Wiley finished second in the girls' 800m at Brooks PR on Friday. Gorriaran was second in 4:43.734, while Mia Cochran was third in 4:45.07.
- Ainsley Erzen won the girls 800m in 2:06.52, while Lauren Tolbert was second in 2:08.30 and Micah Trusty was third in 2:08.37.
- West Allis Hale junior Josh Truchon won his first major title in the 2-mile, covering the distance in a winning time of 8:54.14. Nicholas Bendtsen was second in 9:00.91 while Aidan Puffer was third in 9:01.17.
- Lucca Fulkerson won the girls 2-mile in a US No. 11 performance of 10:19.95, Mary Bonner Dalton was second in 10:34.60 and Kaylie Armitage was third in 10:36.31.
- Colts Neck (NJ) graduate and NC State signee Matt Bogdan ran the nation's second-best 2K steeplechase to win Outdoor Nationals in a US No. 6 all-time performance of 5:49.94. Peter Fogarty also broke 6 minutes in 5:58.83 while Jackson Cayward was third in 5:59.51.
- Ellie Shea had an incredible 5K performance on the track on Saturday, securing a winning US No. 3 time of 16:10.42. Caroline Wells broke a Florida state record with a time of 16:16.02 while Margot Appleton was third in 16:21.83.
- Niwot's Simon Saia may not have won a state championship in Colorado just a week earlier. But he won a national championship on Saturday in the 5K in US No. 4 effort of 14:30.66. Micah Wilson was second in 14:38.06 and Aidan Cox was third in 14:38.75.
- Niwot's girls continued their torrid postseason stretch, winning the girls DMR in 11:33.51. Saratoga Springs was second in 11:42.02 while a contingent of Canadian girls placed third in 11:48.01.
- The boys DMR saw Ridgefield take the national title in 10:01.72, while Valley Project was 10:02.46 and Union Catholic was third in 10:02.86.