NBNI Preview: Is A Record In The Girls Mile Possible?

The talent in the girls mile is undeniable.

With over 10 nationally-ranked individuals toeing the line on Sunday in the championship section of the race at New Balance Nationals Indoor, it will be the most competitive race of the season. Period. 

But the bigger question: Can the national indoor record of 4:28.25 go down? 

While the current U.S. No. 1 indoor time of 4:40.01 stands 12 seconds shy of the overall mark, there's reason to think it's possible. 

Mount De Sales (MD) senior Juliette Whittaker is coming off a national 1K record of 2:39.41, while Moses Brown junior Sophia Gorriaran has clocked a time of 2:00.58 on the season. While the time may seem out of reach for a freshman, you do also have to consider that Ventura freshman Sadie Engelhardt has also run 4:38 outdoors.

Seven of the nation's top 10 girls are entered in the mile on Sunday. 

Top Girls Mile Entries:

Sadie EngelhardtVenturaCA2
Lilly ShapiroColts NeckNJ4
Camyrn WennerstenRidgewoodNJ5
Karrie BalogaCornwallNY6
Juliette WhittakerMount De SalesMD7
Riley StewartCherry CreekCO8
Mia CochranMoon AreaPA9
Daphne BaninoUrsulineNY13
Morgan MonesmithHathaway BrownOH14
Ali InceNormal CommunityIL17
Christina AllenRiver DellNJ20
Alli CrytserHanoverVA30
Ciara O'SheaMadison CentralKY41
Ella BorsheimTacoma WANA
Katie CluteOlmsted FallsOHNA
Sophia GorriaranMoses BrownRINA
Lea HatcherMorgantownWVNA
Sophia KennedyCarmelINNA
Caroline LehmanCambridge ChristianFLNA
Zariel MacchiaWilliam FloydNYNA
Aly NegovetichGrantILNA
Irene RiggsMorgantownWVNA
Thais RollyMcLeanVANA