* Michelle Smith wins her heat of the 400m to qualify for Saturday's final.
BOSTON, Mass. -- The competition ramps up on Saturday as New Balance Nationals enters it's third day of events.
Friday's action saw champions crowned in a few marquee events, including the 2-mile and medley relays. More championship finals will take place today as athletes toe the line in the 400m, 5,000m, 4xMile and 4x55m Shuttle Hurdles and field competitors take center stage in events ranging from the shot put to the multis.
Below, keep up with all the action with our event-by-event recap, updated live as events go final. Be sure to also check out the meet page for more of our comprehensive coverage, including results, photos, videos, articles and more.
Boys 60mH Prelims: It was no surprise in the prelims as top-ranked hurdler Abdoul Sy-Savane of ATL Zoom (GA) clocked a PR of 7.75 to lead qualifiers out of the first round. Also with impressive early-round marks were Connecticut state record holder Joshua Mooney and Yashahya Brown, both crossing the line in 7.80.
Boys 60mH Pentathlon: Michael Johnson of Lebron Athletic Club got his day off to a great start with a 8.17 top time in the 60mH event, earning 939 points for that performance. That already puts him nearly 80 points ahead of second-place finisher Dallas Parker, who clocked 8.51 in the race.
Girls 60mH Pentathlon: Alexa Nestor out of Green Level (NC) couldn't be stopped in the opening event of the pentathlon as she clocked 8.79 for a solid 954 points. Not too far behind, though, was Yvette Harris with 946 points from the event thanks to a 8.83 run from her.
Girls 60mH Prelims: Emmi Scales of Arlington Heights (IL) led all qualifiers from the first round with a 8.36 PR, followed by Bullis School's (MD) Myla Greene and Scotlandville's (LA) Makeriah Harris in 8.45 and 8.47. Other nationally-ranked talents qualified through to the next round as expected, including Chelsi Williams of Lakeland Incredibles (FL), Parkway Central's (MO) Skyye Lee, Somerset Academy Pembroke Pines' (FL) Aleesa Samuel and Camden Bentley of Gah, Lincoln (OH).
* Issam Asinga tied the 6.57 60m national record in the prelims on Saturday.
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Boys 60m Prelims: The 60m national record was on high alert going into NBNI, and Issam Asinga didn't wait around to have an all-time effort. Asinga clocked 6.57 for a tie of the national record in just the preliminary rounds of the 60m, equaling Casey Combest's former record from 1999. Teammate Micah Larry and Catoctin's (MD) Brody Buffington also earned new PRs of 6.63 and 6.64 in the early round.
Girls 60m Prelims: Shawnti Jackson of South Granville (NC) led all qualifiers in the first round with a time of 7.26. Just a hundredth of a second behind Jackson was Adaejah Hodge of Montverde Academy (FL) advancing in 7.27, and Brianna Selby also sprinted under 7.30 with the third-fastest qualifying time of 7.28.
Boys 4x55m Shuttle Hurdles: Hopkinton TC may have been in a slower section of the shuttle hurdle relay, but that didn't stop the squad from putting down a 31.15 effort to win heat eight and steal away an overall title ahead of Norsemen TC. Norsemen took the final heat in 31.18, and North Track Club finished third by winning heat seven in 31.22
Girls 4x55m Shuttle Hurdles: In an anticipated showdown between some of the country's most historic hurdles programs, an unfortunate fall from Bullis School (MD) opened room for Union Catholic (NJ) to sprint to a win in 33.50. That ranks the effort among the top 50 performances in 4x55m SHR event history. Winslow, also in the final section with Union Catholic, clocked 35.09 for second, and Washington Township Elite grabbed the bronze following an impressive 35.16 win out of heat four.
Boys 200m Prelims: He tied the national record in the 60m prelims just hours early, and Montverde Academy's (FL) Issam Asinga had yet another all-time preliminary performance, this time in the 200m with a leading time of 20.64. That ties Asinga with Jordan Anthony for US No. 3 all-time and sits just .02 seconds off Jaylen Slade's 20.62 indoor high school record. And Asinga wasn't the only athlete to double back from the 60m prelims in a big way. Brody Buffington also went sub-21-seconds in the prelims, clocking a massive one-second personal best of 20.98.
Girls 200m Prelims: Let's just say that Montverde Academy (FL) didn't come to play at New Balance Nationals Indoor. Hours after Issam Asinga tied the 60m national record, Adaejah Hodge obliterated the 22.89 girls 200m high school indoor all-time record set by Mia Brahe-Pedersen earlier this season with a 22.77 time in the prelims. The junior cruised through the line in the final section of the first round to lower the national record by over a tenth of a second. But Hodge wasn't the only athlete to go under 23 seconds. Shawnti Jackson also finished in 22.96 for second among advancers, which is just .05 off her season best.
* Tyrone Gorze ran a new national record of 13:56.82 in the boys 5,000m.
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Boys 5,000m: Out of nowhere with 800m to go, it was Tyrone Gorze who took off like a rocket, surging well ahead of the field and setting a record-setting pace. Gorze would cross in 13:56.82 for the win, which surpasses Edward Cheserek's 13:57.04 national record set in 2012 in a pro field at the Millrose Games. The win also came after Gorze anchored a Crater (OR) DMR team to victory in one of Friday's premiere events. Behind Gorze was Daniel Simmons, who also became just the third high schooler in history to go under 14 minutes indoor in 13:59.96, followed by Lex Young in third in 14:00.64.
Girls 800m Pentathlon: A big charge down the final curve to surge into the lead helped Kayleigh Stargell to a win in the final event of the day in 2:27.40 for 726 points. But Ana Gonzalez Velasquez took home the pentathlon crown with a 3,442 point total -- 53 points ahead of Stargell in second and Jordan Koskondy of IMG Academy (FL) in third.
Boys 1,000m Pentathlon: Cooper Williams set a blistering pace early and held on through the tape in 2:47.09 for 796. But after the final event of the day, it was Sam Fisher of Tennessee Track Club who came out on top as the overall winner with a 3,661 point total, followed by Williams in a close second with 3,601 points. Michael Johnson of Lebron Athletic Club earned bronze and was just six points behind Williams with 3,595 points.
Girls 5,000m: One night after winning the 2-mile in an all-time effort of 9:49.82, Ellie Shea of Emerging Elites (MA) had yet another huge solo effort in the 5,000m with a PR of 15:46.28, improving upon her US No. 2 all-time mark of 15:49.47 clocked at New Balance Nationals last year. In the chase pack behind Shea, Brownsville's (PA) Jolena Quarzo clocked 16:43.18 for second, just a couple seconds ahead of Mary Bonner Dalton of Myers Park (NC) in third in 16:45.97.
Boys 400m: It was a battle between Montverde Academy's (FL) Zyaire Nuriddin and Jake Andrews of Sehome (WA) in the final heat of the finals, but coming off the final curve was Bullis School (MD) freshman Quincy Wilson and he sprinted ahead for the win at the tape in 46.67. Wilson improves upon his own freshman class national record of 47.30 set earlier in the season and now owns four all-time ninth-grade bests in the 300m, 400m, 500m and 600m. Andrews held on for second in 47.11, and Shamar Heard took third out of the first section with a mark of 47.62.
Girls 400m: Zaya Akins of Raytown South (MO) owned the final section of the 400m and ran her way to a win in 53.45, which puts her at US No. 22 all-time. Madison Gardner and Sydney Harris also dipped under 55 seconds by going 2-3 in 54.03 and 54.70, respectively.
Boys 800m: In a field stacked with some of the top mid-distance athletes in the country, St. Andrew's Episcopal School's (DC) Tinoda Matsatsa put a huge gap on the field early. And it was a lead Matsatsa was able to hold on to, even with a final chase down the stretch from Vestavia Hills (AL) senior Alex Leath, and would go on to take the win at the tape in a PR of 1:48.27. Leath finished just fractions of a second behind Matsatsa in a thrilling finish in 1:48.46, and both Daniel Watcke and Milwaukee Speed Academy's (WI) Andrew Regnier dipped under 1:50 to go 3-4 in 1:49.59 and 1:49.69.
|Freshman Boys 60m Final:
Could this be a preview for the future?
On Saturday, Bullis School freshman Terrance Mahomes -- the cousin on Kansas City Chief's Super Bowl winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes -- and Owensboro's King Combest -- the son of national 60m record-holder Casey Combest -- squared off in the final round.
Mahomes finished with the fourth-fastest freshman performance at the distance in history, only a shade behind Tyrese Cooper (6.78), Bailey Edwards (6.82) and Michael Gupton (6.84). Combest was second in 6.90, his time now inside the top 10 performances at the distance in the class' history books.
Girls 800m: Allison Ince of Community Normal (IL) took over the lead halfway through the race and shifted into another gear as she won the championship title in 2:04.77, which is a new indoor personal best and US No. 9 all-time. Isabel Conde De Frankenberg of Cedar Park (TX) also surged well in the final meters to take silver in 2:06.46, and Newton South's Amelia Everett slid into third with a finishing time of 2:08.50. Notably, Nicki Southerland of Delta (IN) grabbed fourth place overall by winning the second-to-last section in 2:08.85.
Boys 4xMile: The longest relay of the event came down to the final meters as Union Catholic (NJ) took the win by fractions of a second over Marlington (OH) in 17:34.17. Marlington would grab second in 17:34.29. Coming in third was Plainfield South (IL) out of the second-fastest section, winning their heat in 17:40.60. Notably grabbing fifth place, though, was Loyola (CA), clocking a best of 17:43.34 as it was every member of the relay squad's first-ever indoor race.
Girls 4xMile: it was Flower Mound (TX) who got out to a big lead on the second leg, but the DMR champions from Friday of Cuthbertson caught up on the third leg thanks to huge 4:52 split from Charlotte Bell. However, a final 4:49 anchor from Samantha Humphries propelled the defending champions of Flower Mound to the win in 19:50.34, which is the just 13 seconds behind their own national record set last year. Cuthbertson crossed in second in a new program best of 19:55.21 for US No. 3 all-time, and W.T. Woodson (VA) took third in 20:56.58.
Boys 4x200m: IMG Academy stormed to a win from the second section in 1:26.06, which moves the team from Florida to US No. 3 on the all-time indoor list. Archbishop Carroll's (DC) time from 1:26.77 to win the first section held up for second place overall, and Oak Mills (MD) also went under 1:27 for a third-place time of 1:26.88.
Girls 4x200m: Bullis School (MD) took command of the race with both 'A' and 'B' squads, the two teams would go 1-3 led by the 'A' group with a second heat win in 1:35.62. That would put Bullis less than a second behind their own national record of 1:34.75 set in 2018. The 'B' squad would win the first section in 1:37.54, but South Dade Express (FL) would earn second in heat two for the overall silver in 1:37.18.
Girls High Jump Pentathlon: A strong 5-7.75 clearance from Ana Gonzalez Velasquez helped her earn 879 points and surge into the overall pentathlon lead with one event to go. A slew of athletes behind her cleared 5-3 to add 736 points to their totals -- Giovana Pelascini, Ava Erck, Sarah Dumas and Ellie Zagel.
Boys High Jump Pentathlon: Cooper Williams had a huge 6-9 clearance in his best event to win the high jump and secure 859 points.
Girls High Jump: Alysa Carrigan was the only athlete out of 10 attempting competitors to clear 5-8, and that propelled the Tuscarora (VA) junior to the New Balance title.
Boys High Jump: Mason Kooi of Lutheran Springfield (IL) was the only athlete to clear 6-9 and jumped his way to a NBNI gold medal on Saturday evening. Behind Kooi, five athletes cleared 6-7, but Dar Jankovic from E.O. Smith (CT) and Zeraun Daniel of Poly Prep Day (NY) earned second and third based on missed attempts.
Girls Long Jump Pentathlon: Audrey Kozak hit a big jump of 18-4.5 on the first attempt, and that would hold as she would earn 729 points in the event. After two events, she also sits in the overall pentathlon lead with 1,579 points.
Boys Long Jump Pentathlon: Neil Howard III leaped 21-8.75 to take the event and 725 points. However, it's 60mH event winner Michael Johnson who leads after two competitions with 1,616 points.
Boys Triple Jump: A 48-4.5 second-round jump from Montverde Academy's (FL) Kyle Johnson proved to be the winning distance as he grabbed the championship title. Just four inches off the lead in second was Potomac Senior (MD) junior Ty'Heak Buie with a leap of 48-0.5, and Donte Dockery took home the bronze medal thanks to a 47-8 distance on his second attempt.
* Juliette Laracuente-Huebner took home the girls long jump title with a 42-0.5 mark.
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Girls Triple Jump: Juliette Laracuente-Huebner of Mar. Highland (OH) came off her quadruple win at the OATCCC D2/D3 with a 42-0.5 win in the triple jump for the second-best performance in the country of 2023. India Alix from Klein (TX) took second in 41-7.75 thanks to a big final jump, and Sophia Curtis also had a sensational last attempt of 41-3.25.
Boys Pole Vault: It came down to Wyatt Stewart of Madison Central (KY) and Virginia Tech-bound Maddox Hamm out of Scottsboro (AL), but it was Hamm who soared over new heights for a US No. 1 17-8.5 winning clearance on Saturday afternoon. Stewart also surpassed the 17-foot mark with a silver-medal height of 17-0.75, and Dyson Wicker snagged third as the only other competitor to go over 16 feet in 16-8.75.
Girls Shot Put Pentathlon: Jordan Koskondy of IMG Academy (FL) was the lone competitor to eclipse 40 feet in the event with a winning throw of 42-0.5 for 715 points. That puts her into the lead with a total of 2,139 points on the day, 122 ahead of Emma Sanford.
Boys Shot Put Pentathlon: Sam Fisher of Tennessee Track Club had an impressive 46-4.25 throw on his final attempt to win the event and grab 736 points. That also put him in a narrow pentathlon lead through three events with a 2,233 total, just 12 points in front of Neil Howard III.
Boys Weight Throw: Michigan indoor state champion Kellen Kimes put down an impressive personal best performance of 78-4.25 to win the NBNI crown. In a close battle for second, Bishop Hendricken's (RI) Keith Daigneau took the silver behind a strong final throw of 75-6.25 and finished ahead of third-place Christian Toro of Lincoln (RI) with a 74-8.25 throw.
Girls Shot Put: Shelby Wingler of Center Grove (IN) threw 46-4.25 in the second round to take the win by nearly a foot over Homer Center's (PA) Justley Sharp in second in 45-7. Rounding out the top medal spots was Julie Thomas with a mark of 44-2.