* The Carolina Cavaliers celebrated their championship 4x200m win to kick off day 2 of adidas Outdoor Nationals.
AIRING LIVE ON MILESPLIT JUNE 17-19
Recap written by Ashley Tysiac, Olivia Ekpone and Cory Mull
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Leading up to the championship boys 100m on Saturday, all eyes laid on one of the nation's best sprint athletes as the one to chase -- Monteverde' (FL)'s Micah Larry.
The current US No.6 100m runner returned to his home state looking to come away with an adidas Outdoor Nationals title and potentially a nation-leading outdoor mark.
But it wasn't Larry who crossed the line first.
It was Eagle Landing's (GA) senior Danarrion Ard who surged ahead over the final meters to beat out Larry, along with other stiff competition in Jordan Ware of Memphis Ware (TN) and Spring Valley's (SC) Nigel Ancrum.
Though Ard's winning time of 10.25 (+2.5) did not make the cut for a wind legal mark, it's a noteworthy performance from a guy who has never ran faster than 10.47.
Favorite Larry finished back in fourth in 10.39.
Ard said it's about time the track and field world learns his name.
"Once I get started, it gets hard to stop me," he said.
Certainly no one could stop him on day 2 of adidas Outdoor Nationals.
Girls Championship 4x200m: Hickory Ridge (NC) outlasted Nansemond River (VA) and Princeton to win in a U.S. No. 12 time of 1:37.42. Nansemond River was second in 1:39.35 while Princeton was third in 1:42.77.
Boys Championship 4x200m: It took the last two legs of Carolina Cavaliers' lineup to surpass the field, but the North Carolina squad managed to earn the win, securing a time of 1:26.99. Nansemond River was second in 1:27.23 while Bulldog Track Club of Bowie, Maryland was third in 1:28.40.
Boys Championship 100m Decathlon: Javin Richards, a senior from Perry, Ohio, scored 843 points to win the 100m as the decathlon begun on Saturday. Garner Ezell went 11.19 while Brayden Richards posted a time of 11.20.
Girls Middle School 100m Prelims: Exchange Zone Track Club's Mina Lovelace not only dipped under 12 seconds for the first time, but tied the current US No. 2 middle school time of 11.99 to advance as the top qualifier to the finals.
Boys Middle School 100m Prelims: Kamaal Ryan from North Carolina scored the only time under 11 seconds to begin the day, posting an effort of 10.88 seconds. Jeremiah Chance was second in 11.29, while Jericho Edwards was third in 11.46.
Girls Championship 100m Prelims: Greensboro Day School's (NC) Dana Wilson took the pole position during the prelims on Saturday morning, hitting 11.69 seconds on the clock. Ryan Davis was second (11.79) while Taylor Gullatte was third (11.80).
Boys Championship 100m Prelims: Danarrion Ard and Nigel Ancrum posted identical wind-legal times of 10.41 seconds to advance to the 100m finals on Saturday. Others to join the pair include Jordan Ware, Shavique Bascus and Micah Larry.
Girls Freshman 100mH: All-American Project's Makenna Barnett, an athlete out of Greensboro, won the field in a time of 14.11 seconds. Ava Rice was second in 14.96 while Kelise Rabb was third in 15.22.
Girls National Elite 200m Prelims: Skyler Franklin, the eighth-grader from Somerset Academy Central Miramar, led all runners with a wind-legal time of 24.16 (+0.9) seconds. West Iredell's (NC) Alaya Gillespie was second in 24.31 while Jade Brown was third in 24.34.
Boys National Elite 200m Prelims: Victor Byrd Jr. of Purpose Driven Elite NC posted the fastest time in the prelims, clocking 21.65 to go into the finals as the top seed.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It's about time everybody know my name." -- Danarrion Ard, Boys Championship 100m Winner
Girls Championship 2,000m Steeplechase: The came down to the final meters in a battle for the top two places. Behind a last effort sprint down the final 100m and over the last barrier, Allison Kopser surged ahead of leader Ava Capone to take the win in 7:10.84.
Boys Championship 2,000m Steeplechase: It was a race against the clock for Newark Valley's (NY) Jonny Sherwood as the senior ran a solo effort of 6:34.76 for the event title.
Girls Championship 1,600m Medley Relay: In a two-squad race, the F.I.A. Lions opened up a significant gap on Gloucester HS to win in 4:15.44.
Boys Championship 1,600m Medley Relay: The F.I.A. Lions saw their large lead disappear on the 800m leg, but the foursome managed to hold on and take the win in 3:36.91 over Danbury Track Club in second and Track 757 in third.
Girls Middle School 100m: Exchange Zone star Mina Lovelace dominated from start to finish just as she did in the prelims this morning, coming away with the win in 11.76. Though it was wind-aided (+3.5), Lovelace ranks third this outdoor season among middle schoolers for all-conditions 100m performances.
Boys Middle School 100m: Kamaal Ryan from North Carolina shot out of the blocks in lane four to finish meters ahead of the rest of his competition in 10.71.
Girls Championship 100m: Dana Wilson of Greensboro Day (NC) pulled away from the field over the last 50m to finish in 11.56, a time that ranks among the top 20 in the nation. Ryan Davis and Taylor Gullate
Boys Championship 100m: Monteverde's (FL) Micah Larry entered adidas as the 100m favorite, but it was Danarrion Ard that pulled off the upset to win in 10.25 (+2.5). Nigel Ancrum of Spring Valley (SC) wasn't too far behind for second in 10.26, followed by Jordan Ware of Memphis Central (TN) in third and Larry in fourth.
Girls Middle School Mile: Maggie Whitham of Without Limits Triangle ran a significant personal best of 5:19.93 to cruise to a win from the second section. Pennsylvania-based Anna Pucilowski doubled back from her runner-up finish in the two mile last evening to earn another silver medal in the mile in 5:21.77.
Boys Middle School Mile: Cole Boone of Pulaski County (VA) and Drew Johnson of Charlotte Panthers (NC) led the way in the final section from the gun, but Boone found another gear down the home straightaway to take the freshman title in 4:36.67. Johnson crossed in a new personal best of 4:37.83, followed by Ethan Conroy in third.
Girls Freshman Mile: Reagan's (NC) Sarah Fassinger split a 71 second last lap to cross the finish first in 5:10.96, a few meters ahead of Kerrigan Chaney of North Cross (VA) in second and 704 Elite's (NC) Claire Dixon in third.
Boys Freshman Mile: The race featured several lead changes, but David D'Altorio of Ohio made the defining move on the final turn to win with a time of 4:31.91. Just behind him was Tate Shore of Reagan (NC) for second in 4:32.52, followed by Glenn Allen's (VA) Trevor Lawson for the bronze.
Girls Championship Shuttle Hurdle Relay: Track 757 and Cedar Run Track Club were even going into the last leg, but a falter on one of the final hurdles for Cedar Run allowed the team led by Shakayla Lavender to surge ahead and win in 58.91.
Boys Championship Shuttle Hurdle Relay: The squad from Track 757 opened up a lead on the third leg and never looked back, running 58.07 en route to a championship title.
Girls Middle School 4x100m: Track 757 continued its dominance in the day two relay events, fielding both an "A" and "B" squad and going 1-2 in the event. 49.25 earned the win for the A team, followed by 53.15 from the second team.
Boys Middle School 4x100m: A lean at the finish helped Coast Georgia TC just barely secure the gold medal in 44.26 over Titans Track Club in second in 44.37.
Girls National Elite 4x100m: East Orange Campus fought hard down the homestretch as the team from Florida edged out 49.54 the MD Jaguars squad for the title in 49.54. MD Jaguars crossed the finish in 49.69 for second, followed by third-place finisher Garner (NC).
Boys National Elite 4x100m: A photo finish race saw the Hoke County Blazers and Bulldog TC separated by just thousandths of a second. 43.031 for Hoke County Blazers was just enough to beat Bulldog TC's second-place time of 43.034.
Girls Middle School 200m: In PR-setting fashion, Major Track Club's Sarah Marshall earned the win from section eight with a time of 24.19. The race featured a slew of new personal best times as everyone that finished in the top five set a new PR, including second place finisher Mina Lovelace doubling back from the 100m and star hurdler Shakayla Lavender in third.
Boys Middle School 200m: Kamaal Ryan of Lincoln Middle (NC) completed a successful the short sprint double today with a 21.80 (3.0) 200m performance to secure his second victory of the day. It was a dominant performance for Ryan, as he finished nearly a second ahead of Titan Track Club's Joshua Taliaferro, who ran 22.63 (3.0) for the silver.
Boys Championship 110mH: Kylan Bernard from Tennessee pulled just ahead in the middle of the track over the last three hurdles and celebrated the championship win as he crossed the finish in 13.69. Harrison Robinson of Raines Elite and Deondre Hardy from War TC rounded out the top three with times of 13.83 and 13.91, respectively.
Girls Championship 100mH: Falon Spearman of Providence Day (NC) was the first out of the blocks in lane four and was the first to cross the finish, setting a new US No. 5 time of 13.55 (1.9). The winning performance comes on the heels of Spearman's third-place finish at Brooks PR on Wednesday, but she certainly bounced back at adidas a few days later despite the quick turnaround. Talented freshman Chelsi Williams from Florida ran 13.83 (1.9) for second place to set a new personal best and improve upon her US No. 2 time among freshmen this outdoor season.
Girls National Elite Sprint Medley Relay: The Middle Georgia Impalas fought off a surging Garner team down the final 200m en route to the gold in 1:47.45.
Girls Championship 4x800m: Dillard HS -- the lone team in the field -- posted an event-winning time of 9:57.53 behind a strong split from Tamaijah Scrivens on the anchor leg.
Boys Championship 4x800m: A pack of four ran stride for stride going into the final lap, but Glen Allen kicked it into high gear with half a lap to go to take the win in exciting fashion.
INTERVIEW OF THE DAY
Championship Girls SMR: Winner
Girls National Elite 200m: Skyler Franklin went into finals as the top seed, and she lived up to the expectations with a win in 24.09 (+2.8). West Iredell's Alaya Gillespie and Plantation HEAT's Jade Brown finished 2-3 with times of 24.43 (+2.8) and 24.51 (+2.8).
Girls National Elite Two Mile: Briley Bickerstaff of Williamston, N.C. was the sole athlete in the field to go sub-11:00 with a time of 10:57.35 for the event title. Chariho Regional's (RI) Erin vonHousen and Arizona Blankenship of Swain County (NC) fought to the finish for the next two places, with vonHousen getting the silver in 11:13.14 and Blankenship earning bronze in 11:13.20.
Girls Championship Two Mile: Brooke Johnston took command of the race early and never looked back as she set a new personal best of 10:19.70 for her first sub-10:20 two-mile performance. Lily Guinn finished second in 10:39.40, followed by Bailey Ranta in 10:48.16.
Boys National Elite Shot Put: Christian Richter took the win by over half a meter with a throw of 16.66m on his fifth attempt. The senior from St. Paul's School (MD) finished ahead of Iowa Preparatory School's Christopher Milillo in second and Frankie Winter of Ripley (WV) in third.
Boys Middle School Elite Shot Put: PowerUp Throws' Isaiah Farmer dominated the competition with a throw of 16.25m to earn the gold medal dominantly.
MVP OF THE DAY
F.I.A. Lions' Boys Sprint Medley Relay
Boys Championship Shot Put: As the only athlete in the filed to surpass 18 meters, Grassfield's Jordae Edwards earned the title win easily with a throw of 18.17m. Senior Eyan Wilson threw 17.85m to earn the silver medal.
Boys Middle School Pole Vault: It took a failed attempt tiebreaker to determine the first place winner between Xtreme Speed's Austin Sweet and Loudonvillle's Braden Carr, but Sweet topped Carr with the least amount of misses to win the title with a 3.78m clearance.
Girls Championship Pole Vault: In perhaps the most anticipated event of the meet, Mt. Pleasant Track Club's (SC) Tessa Mudd successfully defended her national title from adidas Track Nationals during the indoor season. Clearing a new South Carolina state record of 4.35m, Mudd beat out Margaretta's (OH) Kenna Stimmel in a repeat of their face off at indoor nationals. Stimmel, who holds the NFHS national record in the event, successfully cleared 4.20m for the runner-up finish.
Girls National Elite High Jump: Panthers Elite tenth-grader Jenkins Aubrey jumped 1.65m on her final attempt at the height to earn the national elite title. Lowndes HS junior Trinity Hunter cleared 1.60m for the silver medal.
Boys National Elite High Jump: Both Prince Osagie-Erese of East Orange (NJ) and Mobu Nwakor cleared 1.90m, but Osagie-Erese won the jumpoff to take the gold medal over the Jefferson Forest (VA) sophomore.
Girls Championship Discus: It came down to fractions of a meter separating first and second places, and it was Morgan Graham of Grassfield (VA) who came out on top with a mark of 43.92m, just .01m ahead of Throw Revolution's McKynzie Mauney.
Boys Middle School Long Jump: Eighth grader Corwin Armstrong was the only competitor to jump over six meters, marking 6.06m for the middle school title.
Girls Championship Triple Jump: Juliette Laracuente of Ohio earned a narrow national title victory in the triple jump with a leap of 12.18m. George Jenkins' (FL) Chelsi Williams completed the day with two runner-up finishes, one in the 100mH and another in the triple jump with a mark of 12.16m.
Boys Championship Triple Jump: A second jump of 15.11m was enough to hold on for the event win for Sterling Scott of Mississippi. Jaden Lippett jumped a new PR of 15.09m to finish not far behind Scott and join him as one of two competitors to surpass 15 meters.
STAT OF THE DAY
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Tessa Mudd's championship girls pole vault winning clearance, good for US No. 5 and a new South Carolina state record.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
David D'Altorio (Boardman) celebrates his win in the boys freshman mile.
Photo Credit: David Nguyen/MileSplit