New Balance Nationals Outdoor Friday Snap Recap

* Issam Asinga advances to the 100m finals as the top qualifier from the prelims on Friday at New Balance Nationals Outdoor.

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It was an exciting first day of action at Franklin Field for the beginning of New Balance Nationals Outdoor. Friday is the beginning of day two. Despite the weather delays, the athletes are ready to put their best performances forward.

We've got you covered with live event-by-event coverage of the action on the track and in the field.

Below, find a live recap that will be updated throughout the day detailing event results as they happen in Philadelphia. Be sure to also check out the meet hub page for more information.

Championship Boys 100m Prelims: The weather delay earlier in the morning forced meet officials to change the number of rounds to qualify to finals from two to one, so the top eight boys advanced on time to the finals set for Saturday. That didn't hinder national leader Issam Asinga of Montverde Academy (FL), though, from leading the way with a 10.18 (+2.9) mark as he cruised to the top qualifying time of the prelims. South Carolina state champion Nigel Ancrum clocked 10.31 (+2.4) and Catoctin (MD) star Brody Buffington logged a 10.38 (-0.5) performance to round out the top three qualifiers.

Championship Girls 100m Prelims: Leading the way as the top qualifier to the finals on Saturday was Spring Grove (PA) junior Laila Campbell, who ran 11.44 (+2.8) to earn the overall win in the first round. The remaining top two qualifiers also dipped under 11.60 to easily advance to the finals, including Laila Hackett in second in 11.54 (+2.8) and Bullis School's Jade Ofotan for third in 11.57 (+0.8).

Championship Boys 400mH: It came down to a lean at the finish, but it was Kai Evans, the sophomore out of Lake Minneola (FL), who took down national leader Bryce Tucker of Pennsauken (NJ) with a winning time of 51.44. That gives Evans a new US No. 3 mark and a nearly one-second personal best at the distance. Tucker would take second in 51.49, and fellow New Jersey competitor Alexander Sadikov grabbed third in 52.74.

Championship Girls 400mH: It was all Michelle Smith as the Montverde Academy (FL) junior dominated the final and fastest heat to grab the overall championship win in 58.28. Motor City Track Club's (MI) Morgan Roundtree clocked 1:00.59 for second in her first 400mH race of the season, and Canadian Erika Lealess snuck in for third from an earlier heat with a final time of 1:01.16.

Championship Boys SMR: Out of the second-fastest heat of the championship lineup, Motor City Track Club (MI) pulled off the win with a 1:56.48 finishing time. Heat three winner Windsor City took second place in 1:56.79, and Rancocas Valley Track Club earned the bronze medal with a time of 1:57.33.

Championship Girls SMR: Bullis School (MD), who has a history of commanding the relays at New Balance Nationals, took the win in the SMR with a well-executed 2:10.26 effort, which also happened to be a meet record. Not too far behind was DC Kings in second in 2:11.32, and Blythewood Elite earned third place also out of the fastest section in 2:12.15.

Championship Boys 4x200m: It came down to the wire in the 4x200m, but Archbishop Carroll's (MD) Marcus Brown battled to the line with IMG Academy (FL) and helped his squad come from behind for a 1:24.05 win at the line. That would also give Archbishop Carroll, who ranks at US No. 2 all-time indoors in the 4x200m, a New Balance Nationals meet record and a current US No. 5 outdoor ranking. IMG Academy (FL) would take a narrow second in 1:24.19, followed by Mustang Track Club in 1:26.23 for the bronze.

Championship Girls 4x200m: In a historic effort, Bullis School (MD) powered to a commanding win and a near-national record of 1:33.71, which is good for US No. 2 all-time in the girls outdoor 4x200m. Bullis School already ranked at US No. 3 in the record books behind a 1:34.00 winning performance at last year's New Balance Nationals, but move up to No. 2 with their performance this evening. Union Catholic (NJ) would solidly earn second place in 1:37.89 while Run Fast Track Club clocked 1:38.17 for a narrow third-place finish.

Championship Boys 4x800m: A huge move on the third leg for Northville (MI), running as Six Mile Track Club, sealed the deal for the group as they ran away with the win at Franklin Field in a meet record of 7:36.81. 1:49.79 was the split on the anchor leg for Northville in what shaped up to be a commanding performance for the team out of Michigan. In a very close battle for second, Ridgefield (CT) gained the narrow advantage in 7:40.14, besting Carmel (IN) by .15 seconds in third in 7:40.29.

Championship Girls 4x800m: In an epic battle between the nation's proven top two distance relay squads, Peyton Hollis pulled away in the final 100m ahead of Charlotte Bell of Cuthbertson to snag the 4x800m title in a meet record of 8:47.08. Cuthbertson would log a very impressive race of 8:48.16 for a narrow second-place finish, followed by Purple Track Club (MI) in third with a sub-9:00 performance of 8:59.16. Hollis and Bell split 2:07.96 and 2:08.60 to end a wild competition under the lights in Philadelphia.

Championship Boys 2 Mile: It was a dominant showing for Daniel Simmons, the junior out of American Fork (ID), as he followed up a 8:41.10 Brooks PR 2-mile performance on Wednesday with a 8:41.23 meet record effort on Friday evening at New Balance. Also closing hard in the final lap was Nathan Lopez, logging a huge best of 8:44.54 for second. Rounding out the top three was South Carolina distance standout Jake Liebert as he raced his way to a new all-time best of 8:47.27. In total, four athletes broke 8:50 in the section, and 11 boys dipped under the nine minute barrier. 

Championship Girls 2 Mile: The Webb School (TN) sophomore Abby Faith Cheeseman put on quite the performance in the girls 2-mile as she led for nearly the entire race and took home the win in 10:02.08, which also equaled a new meet record. But it turned into a close race at the finish as RunningLane champion Allie Zealand and Lily Guinn from Maury (VA) each closed in 72 seconds or better to go 2-3 in 10:02.66 and 10:02.80.

Championship Boys 2K Steeplechase: It took a historic performance to win the 2k steeplechase as New York state champion Solomon Holden-Betts ran his way to a US No. 3 all-time effort of 5:45.46. RunningLane steeplechase champion William Horne would take a close second in 5:46.50 to move to No. 4 in the record books, and Soheib Dissa earned third in 5:51.34 to crack the top 10 on the all-time list. 

Championship Girls 2K Steeplechase: A week after resetting the national record at 6:18.41 at the New York state championships, Angelina Napoleon neared her record with a 6:19.53 meet record to close out the competition on a long day 2 of New Balance Nationals. Also running an all-time mark was Sheridan Wheeler from Saratoga Springs (NY) with a 6:20.80 effort for No. 2 all-time, improving upon her No. 3 record-book run of 6:22.13 from the New York State Championships. Snagging third was Lillie Bogdan from Frontier (NY) with a 6:38.24 time to make it a New York sweep of the top three.

Championship Girls Pole Vault: Five competitors made it to a round of attempts at 12-9.5, but Ava Allen out of Middleton (MD) was the lone athlete to clear the height and win the competition with that mark. It would boil down to missed attempts to determine the remaining top places as Brooke Bowers grabbed second and Holly Schreiber earned third, each clearing a best of 12-5.5.

Championship Boys Discus Throw: With a strong 193-5 second-round throw, Fabian Gonzalez of Southern Regional (NJ) took the championship discus title just a day after capturing a win at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. A pair of sophomores would take the next two places as Benjamin Shue of Bergen Catholic (NJ) earned second with a 189-9 mark and Ashton Hearn took third throwing 186-4.

Championship Boys Triple Jump: A huge 50-0 (+1.8) jump for Sterling Scott in the fifth round helped him to a New Balance title in the triple jump, which moves him into the top 10 nationally this outdoor season. Ty'Heak Buie would near the 50-foot mark with a 49-7.75 (-0.1) effort for second place, followed by Montverde Academy's (FL) Kyle Johnson with a 48-4 (+2.4) leap for third.

Championships Girls Triple Jump: A 41-8.5 (+1.6) jump in the fourth round down the runway helped Iyanna Webb of San Antonio Harlan (TX) to a New Balance title. That put Webb over five inches ahead of second-place finisher Corintia Griffith with a 41-3 (+1.0) leap, and Florida star sophomore Chelsi Williams took third with a wind-aided mark of 41-1.75 (+2.3).

Championship Girls Discus: The only thrower to surpass 170 feet, Layla Giordano of Old Tappan (NJ) soared the discus out 170-4 to win a national title. In a closer battle for second and third, Morgan Graham of Grassfield (VA) marked 165-10 and Michigan Elite Throws' Abigail Russell threw 162-1 to go 2-3.