adidas Track Nationals Day 1 Recap

* Sophia Rodriguez wins the 5,000m on Friday.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Action at the final indoor national championship meet of 2023 -- adidas Track Nationals -- commenced on Friday with exciting matchups.

We saw some competitive fields in some of the first championship events, including the multis, 5,000m, jumps and preliminary rounds of sprints and relays.

Continue below for our event-by-event recap of Friday's championship events at adidas Track Nationals.

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      Boys 60mH Prelims: As the only athlete under 8 seconds, Antonio Votour led all qualifiers to the semifinals with a mark of 7.99. Not too far behind, though, was Christian Coleman of Louisville Xtreme (KY) with a PR of 8.04, and Jamiel Bowers also became one of the top three advancers with a 8.15 run.

      Girls 60mH Prelims: The freshman phenom Shakayla Lavender out of Oscar Smith (VA) easily led all advancers to the semis with a mark of 8.73. The versatile Llyric Driscoll of Western Branch (VA) clocked 8.82 to take second in the prelims, and Y'vette Harris also had a solid qualifying performance with a mark of 8.83.

      * Sophia Rodriguez discuses her 5,000m win on Friday.

      Girls 5,000m: The young star a new World U14 indoor 2-mile record-holder Sophia Rodriguez of Dallastown (PA) left the crowd in awe as she clocked 16:39.08 in the first 5,000m track race of her career. That fell just short of the 16:24 World U20 indoor all-time best at the distance. Earning the silver and bronze medals were Ava Flaherty and Isabelle Gaharan, who finished in 18:37.21 and 18;45.89, respectively.

      Boys 5,000m: Daniel Meyers of Delco United Track Club (PA) clocked a new PR of 17:15.01 for the title win.

      Girls 60m Prelims: Last weekend's New Balance Nationals Indoor champion Brianna Selby breezed to the semifinal rounds with a 7.35 mark to lead all qualifiers. Other top advancers included Kenadie Singleton of Intensity Athletics and Saige Forbes of Episcopal Academy, both of whom dipped under 7.70 with qualifying marks of 7.60 and 7.69.

      Boys 60m Prelims: Candaian Isaiah Luke of Flying Angels Canada posted to top advancing time of 6.88, followed closed by Keiton Fase of Grand Rapids Fire (MI) and LC Express' Austen Diggs. Fase and Diggs would go sub-seven seconds with marks of 6.98 and 6.99.

      Girls 4x200m Prelims: An all-star team from Speed Evolutions Athletic Club, anchored by Madison Whyte clocked the second-fastest time seen in the country this season of 1:36.35 to advance to the finals. Both the Archbishop Carroll (DC) and Track 757 relay squads also ran under 1:40 with qualifying marks of 1:39.71 and 1:39.78.

      * Archbishop Carroll (DC) posts the fastest qualifying time in the boys 4x200m on Friday.

      Boys 4x200m Prelims: Archbishop Carroll (DC), led by their sprint star Nyckoles Harbor, ran a season best of 1:26.71 to improve upon their US No. 3 mark in the event this indoor season. Rounding out the top three qualifiers was Track 757 in 1:27.54 and East Coast Speed with a time of 1:27.86. 

      Girls DMR: In commanding form, the New England Elite (MA) "A" team took the DMR win with a top mark of 12:12.82, including a . Classical School and the New England Elite "B" squad went 2-3 in 12:45.26 and 13:12.40, respectively.

      Boys DMR: In a battle to the finish over the final laps, it was Bullseye Running that took the title with a surge in the final meters in 10:25.55. Racing with them was New England Elite, who took a narrow second in 10:27.31, followed by (The) All American Project for the bronze medal in 10:47.84.

      Mixed 4x400m: New England Elite (MA) logged yet another win in the relays, this time cruising to a win in the final track event of day one, breaking the tape in 3:39.71. Flying Angels Canada took the silver medal in 3:48.47, finishing less than half a second ahead of Richmond Track Club in third.

      Girls Pentathlon: Texas A&M signee Rylee Lydon dominated the competition with a winning point total of 3,844 to win the national title. Grabbing silver and bronze was Jadyn Mullen and Shelby Grover, with Mullen finishing just ahead of Grover by a slim seven-point margin.

      Boys Pentathlon: KJ Byrd won the title by a nearly 300-point margin on Friday thanks to event wins in the 60mH and high jump. Bryd would total 3,468 points, followed by Nicolas Simmons of Manor (VA) in second with a 3,170 total and Jordan Abikoye for third with his tally of 3,131 points.

      Girls Triple Jump: Asia Phillips of Flying Angels Canada made the trip to the U.S. and came away victorious with a mark of 42-11. Coming in second with a mark 41-6 -- just short of her 41-10.25 US No. 5 PR from The VA Showcase -- was LLyric Driscoll out of Western Branch (VA), and Marie Tchocksi rounded out the top podium spots with a 38-4.75 jump.