The Top 10 Girls To Watch At Adidas Outdoor Nationals

* Kenna Stimmel set a new NFHS national record in the girls pole vault at the OHSAA Division 3 State Championships.

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We're just a day away from the start of competition in Greensboro, North Carolina at adidas Outdoor Nationals, and the competition features leading talent and depth.

Athletes from across the country come in with impressive resumes, including top U.S. marks, individual state championships and national records.

Adidas could make for a great showdown among some of the nation's top track and field athletes from this season. Below, we feature the top 10 girls athletes set to compete in Greensboro.

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Kenna Stimmel, Margaretta (OH)

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Class of 2022

Event: PV

The girls championship pole vault competition features a sampling of the top performers in the nation this outdoor season, with Stimmel leading the way.

The senior made national headlines recently as she set a new NFHS national record of 14-6.25 at the OHSAA Division 3 State Championships -- for clarification, the NFHS mark is anything completed in a high school-only competition

It'll be a rematch between Stimmel and Tessa Mudd from adidas Track Nationals during the indoor season, where Mudd came away with the win.

Stimmel has the better PR during outdoor, and after her record-breaking performance at the Ohio Division 3 state meet, she will look to potentially best Mudd this time around.

Tessa Mudd, Mt. Pleasant Track Club (SC)

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Class of 2022

Event: PV

While Stimmel may be the new NFHS national record holder and the top seed in the championship field, Mudd's experience and talent will go a long way, too. 

Mudd will look to defend her indoor title from Adidas Track Nationals in March, where she cleared 14 feet for the first time en route to the championship win over Stimmel. The senior currently sits at U.S. No. 4 this outdoor season with a best of 14-0 set at the Iron Horse Stampede in April.

With both Mudd and Stimmel leading the way, it could make for a highly-competitive event. Perhaps that competition could push Mudd and Stimmel to new heights.

Kaylyn Brown, Mallard Creek (NC)

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Class of 2023

Events: 100m, 200m, 400m

The Mallard Creek (NC) junior has the potential to pull off a successful sprint triple.

Brown enters adidas Outdoor Nationals coming off of an impressive state meet campaign, finishing second in the 200m and 400m and third in the 100m at the NCHSAA 4A State Championships. She set both a season best of 53.30 in the 400m (US No. 9) and a personal best in the 200m in her runner-up finishes, only falling short of Wakefield phenom Shawnti Jackson in both events.

Brown will compete in the championship sections of the 100m, 200m and 400m, entering as the top seed in the 400m and second in the 200m. Perhaps Brown can put together another stellar sprint triple in her return to North Carolina A&T's Aggie Stadium for the second time this outdoor season.

Cheyla Scott, Butler (NC)

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Class of 2023

Event: HJ

The top high jumper in the nation this season will look to come away with a championship win in her home state.

Scott's clearance of 6-2 at the NCHSAA 4A West Regional stands alone as the best outdoor mark in the country. She's already come away with one impressive win at North Carolina A&T -- her first-ever high jump 4A state championship -- and will return to the venue looking for another win.

The Butler junior already has two high jump national titles under her belt from the indoor season -- wins at New Balance Nationals and Nike Indoor Nationals.

A win at adidas would be another impressive addition to Scott's resume to close out her breakthrough junior year.

Chelsi Williams, George Jenkins (FL)

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Class of 2025

Events: 100mH, TJ

Williams may only be a freshman, but she enters adidas as a top contender to come away with multiple individual national titles.

She swept the long and triple jump at the FHSAA Class 4A Championships in her first high school outdoor season and she will go for the national title in the triple jump at adidas. The young talent will also opt to compete in the 100mH, an event she finished second in at the Florida state meet. 

Adidas will mark Williams' first meet since her impressive state championship debut and she could very well carry some of that momentum with her from her last competition into adidas.

Brooke Johnston, Lake Zurich (IL)

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Class of 2023

Event: Two Mile

Johnston appears to be peaking when it matters most -- at the end of the season.

In the past month, the junior has set new personal bests in both the 3,200m (10:26.67) and mile (4:50.55), with her new mile PR coming just over a week ago at the Magis Miles.

Her 3,200m mark earned her third at the IHSA Class 3A Championships, but she will enter as the national title favorite in the two mile at adidas.

If the trend holds true, Johnston could capitalize on her late season progression to notch a two-mile win at adidas and yet another personal best.

Michelle Smith, Montverde Academy (FL)

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Class of 2024

Events: 100mH, 400mH

Smith has put together an impressive sophomore campaign in the hurdles this outdoor season, coming away with a FHSA Class 2A state title in the 300mH and a third-place finish in the 100mH.

Now, she'll stretch her talents up to the 400mH for the first time.

The longer 400mH race could suit Smith well. She has shown off her 400m speed before, like at adidas Track Nationals during the indoor season where she finished third.

She also clocked a quick 800m personal best of 2:10.93 at the Florida Relays earlier this season, showing she has the speed and endurance to make for a successful 400mH athlete.

Smith will also try to pull off the hurdles double, running the 100mH in addition to the longer hurdles event.

Falon Spearman, Providence Day School (NC)

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Class of 2022

Event: 100mH

Spearman may have already raced once this week, but that won't stop her from taking to the track again in her home state.

The Duke signee finished third in the 100mH at Brooks PR on Wednesday, but she will give the short hurdles another go at adidas this weekend. Spearman's season best of 13.87 puts her at U.S. No. 25, but her 13.54 personal best comes from over a year ago at the NCISAA State Championships.

The Brooks 100mH final could act somewhat like a tune up for Spearman heading into adidas. A national title win and a new PR could be the icing on the cake for the senior as she caps off her high school career.

Sanu Jallow, West Mecklenberg (NC)

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Class of 2022

Event: 400m

We're used to seeing Jallow doing it all at track meets, sometimes racing as many as four events at one meet in winning fashion.

But at adidas, the senior will take a different approach.

Jallow can run the 100m up to the 800m at any given meet, but she will only race the 400m in Greensboro. The longer distances seem to be Jallow's sweet spot, but the Texas A&M signee has put more focus into the short sprints in the latter years of her high school career.

She is coming off of a NCHSAA Class 3A championship win in the 400m, but she hasn't gone under 54 seconds since March.

Focusing on one event rather than multiple like usual, Jallow could certainly clock a quick time and come away with the 400m win.

Mary Bonner Dalton, Myers Park (NC)

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Class of 2024

Event: 5000m

The sophomore is certainly capable of putting together a fast 5,000m.

In her debut track 5,000m at adidas Track Nationals during the indoor season, Dalton ran the fifth fastest time ever recorded by a sophomore, clocking 17:02.88 for the event win.

Now she'll look to come away with another adidas victory this weekend.

Dalton finished eighth in the 3,200m at the NCHSAA Class 4A State Championships -- though she was overcoming injury at that point. Dalton has the potential to put together another impressive 5,000m performance like she did during indoor.