New Balance Nationals Outdoor Saturday Snap Recap

* Brody Buffington wins his heat in the 100m prelims on Friday.

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The first couple of days of action at Franklin Field for New Balance Nationals Outdoor showcased impressive head-to-head matchups and all-time marks set.

Today marks the halfway point of the competition.

Despite the weather delays Friday, the athletes are ready to earn titles and set new personal bests. 

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 1 Mile Racewalk: Rowan McDonald was the only athlete to dip under seven minutes as he raced his way to a title in 6:55.38. Solidly crossing the finish in second was Clayton Stoil with a mark of 7:06.79, and a tight battle for third saw freshman Hyatt Gordon grab bronze by less than half a second in 7:23.02 ab bronze by less than half a second in 7:23.02.

Championship Girls 1 Mile Racewalk: It took a meet record to win the girls racewalk as Ashlyn Poulin dominated the field in the final half of the race to win in 7:16.97. Also putting together a strong performance, early leader Desilets Dubois would take the silver in 7:26.67, and Alexa Governor would close well to hold on for third in 7:33.41.

Championship Girls 100mH Prelims: Out of heat four, Olivia Powell of Drive Phase Track Club (GA) led all qualifiers in the prelims with her 13.59 (+0.4) finishing time. Union Catholic's top hurdler Taylor Cox and all-time Ohio hurdler Camden Bentley also put together strong preliminary performances as they each clocked 13.62 to round out the top three advancers.

Championship Boys 110mH Prelims: Connecticut 110mH state record holder Joshua Mooney led all qualifiers to the semifinals with a 13.54 (+5.0) win-aided effort. Nathaniel Rayan also had an impressive performance and finished just off the wind-legal meet record with a time of 13.63 (+0.5) for second in the prelims. Abdoul Sy-Savane, the New Balance Nationals Indoor champion in the 60mH, posted the third-best time in qualifying of 13.63 (+0.7).

Championship Girls Shuttle Hurdle Relay: In record-breaking fashion, Bullis School (MD) notched another relay win at New Balance, this time in the shuttle hurdle relay with a 55.97 meet record effort. Elizabeth (NJ) earned second place in behind Bullis with a solid mark of 1:00.44 while Panthers Track Club from Dudley (NC) earned third place out of the second-fastest heat in 1:00.52.

Championship Boys Shuttle Hurdle Relay: The winner did not come in the 10th and fastest heat, but rather out of heat eight at Scotch Plains-Fanwood (NJ) clocked a new meet record of 59.78 for the overall win. Heat nine winner Hamilton (NY) also surpassed the 60-second barrier with a 59.99 second-place finish, while North Track Club took third overall by finishing second in a quick heat eight in 1:00.38.

* Issam Asinga wins the 100m in a new meet record of 10.05.

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Championship Boys 100m Final: In a very comfortable race for the all-time sprinter out of Montverde Academy (FL), Issam Asinga nearly matched his wind-legal best of 10.02 to clock a winning time and meet record of 10.05 (+1.6). Nigel Ancrum had a great second half of the race to finish second in 10.15, while a powerful start out of the blocks for Brody Buffington earned the University of Georgia signee a significant PR and third-place finish of 10.16.

Championship Girls 100m Final: Laila Campbell, the fastest qualifier from the rounds, clocked a 11.42 (-0.5) meet record to win in commanding form from the middle of the track. Fellow Pennsylvania talent Avery Lewis showcased her late-phase speed with a second-place finish in 11.52, followed by sophomore Elise Cooper in third in 11.55.

Championship Boys 400m Final: In a final charge down the last 100m, Tavon Underwood surged ahead of early leader Zyaire Nuriddin to win near his nation-leading time with a 45.82 meet record. Also finishing strong in the final straightaway was New Balance Indoor champion Quincy Wilson as the freshman clocked 45.99 for a tie of the US No. 2 all-time mark for the freshman class. Micahi Danzy would near the sub-46-second mark with a 46.02 PR.

Championship Girls 400m Final: Running practically unchallenged, nation leader and Texas state record holder Lauren Lewis took care of business with a new meet record of 52.41, finishing nearly a second and a half of Bullis School's Sydney Sutton in 53.88. Skyler Franklin, the freshman coming into New Balance a few days after taking second in the 400m at Brooks PR, earned third place in 54.28 to cap off a busy week.

Championship Girls 100mH Semis: Camden Bentley from Ohio Speed improved upon her first round performance to lead advancers to the finals with a 13.36 (-0.3) top mark, which also happened to be a New Balance Nationals all-time best for the event. Olivia Powell, who was the first qualifer in the prelims, also looked smooth in the semis with a 13.41 (-1.1) effort, and Bullis School continues to produce as Myla Greene earned the third fastest time of the second round of 13.51 (-0.3).

Championship Boys 110mH Semis: Nathaniel Rayan put on a show in the semifinals as he ran near his lifetime best into a significant wind, clocking the fastest time of the round of 13.43 (-2.4). That also made for a new meet record going into the finals. New Balance Indoor 60mH champion Abdoul Sy-Savane improved upon his prelim time with a 13.53 (+0.2) semifinal mark, and Connecticut star Joshua Mooney continued to impress with his 13.67 (-1.8) to dominate his heat and earn the third-fastest qualifying spot. 

Championship Boys Pentathlon: Crucial performances in the long jump (21-8.75) and 1,500m (4:50.67) helped Brian Walsh sneak to the top of the leaderboard and secure a win with 3,394 points. Walsh finished a mere 37 points ahead of Tristen Miscia, who totaled 3,357 on the day, while Avery Cipcic managed to grab third place following a big performance in the 1,500m with 3,336 points.

Championship Girls Pentathlon: Behind two wins in the 100mH (14.34) and shot put (35-9.5), Tesaira Williams of Springfield Gardens (NY) put together a convincing all-around effort in the pentathlon to win with 3,622 points. That put her 104 points ahead of Sarah Dumas of Franklin (MA) in second with a score of 3,518 and 235 points in front of Rosa Linda Volpintesta, who earned 3,387 points for the third spot on the podium.

Championship Boys 200m Prelims: It was a quick field for the 11 heats of the prelims, and Florida state champion Christian Miller put down a meet record in qualifying of 20.69 (+0.0). Also with a sensational performance was Klein Forest's (TX) Jelani Watkins, who also went under 21 seconds in 20.77 (+0.4). DJ Fillmore would round out the top three advancers in a best mark of 20.94 (+0.4).

Championship Girls 200m Prelims: Fresh off her 100m win at Brooks PR on Wednesday, Shawnti Jackson cruised to a 22.84 (+0.0) meet record in the first round of the 200m. Also very impressively, just hours after winning the 400m in 52.41, Lauren Lewis of Prosper (TX) continued to make a statement with a 23.02 (+0.1) second-place finish in the prelims. Taking the third top advancing time came Adaejah Hodge of Montverde Academy (FL) with an easy 23.17 (-0.5) effort.

Championship Boys 4x100m Prelims: St. Johns Striders didn't put anything to chance in the prelims as they surged to a meet record 40.94 and advanced as the top team. Archbishop Carroll won their heat with the second-fastest time of the day overall of 41.26, and Tallahassee Zoom also grabbed a heat win for the third-best mark of the prelims of 41.40.

Championship Girls 4x100m Prelims: Not messing around in the first round, Bullis School (MD) added another New Balance meet record to their name with a 45.75 mark to lead all advancers. ChargersAC and Run Fast TC would each grab heat wins and the next top qualifying spots with marks of 46.43 and 46.61.

Championship Boys Mile: Thanks to some pacing work from Carmel's (IN) Kole Mathison and a patient strategy, RunningLane mile champion Devan Kipyego grabbed another national win for the season with a 4:04.78 finish. A huge 58-second final 400m from Ohio state champion Connor Ackley earned him a second place finish in 4:06.12, while 800m specialist Marcus Reilly would hold on for third in 4:06.16.

* Sadie Engelhardt wins the girls mile on Saturday evening.

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Championship Girls Mile: New Balance Indoor champion Sadie Engelhardt set a blistering pace early on, going out solo in 2:16 through the first half and holding on to take the outdoor mile title in 4:38.96. Moving up into second in the final 100m with a huge sprint to the finish was Tennessee's star sophomore Claire Stegall, clocking 4:39.94 at the finish. Grabbing third place, Jessica Secor ran a huge race and closed in 69 seconds on the final lap to mark 4:40.98.

Championship Boys 800m SMR: Pennsauken (NJ) ran it's way to a new meet record of 1:30.31 and managed to hold off a charging Bullis School (MD) squad, leading them into second place in 1:30.44. Roman Catholic Track Club would also dip under 1:31 for a third-place 1:30.69.

Championship Girls 800m SMR: Bullis School (MD) cannot be stopped in the girls relays. After winning the shuttle hurdle relay earlier in the day, they logged yet another meet record with a win in the SMR of 1:42.60, holding off a fight from Run Fast Track Club in second in 1:42.88. Shaker Heights Lady Raiders would dip under 1:45 to earn the bronze medal in a time of 1:44.96.

Championship Boys 1,600m SMR: Moving up five places on the final 800m leg, Warhill Track Club took home the national title in 3:24.84, less than a second ahead of St. Johnsbury Track Club i second in 3:25.63. Chatham would hold on for third place in the heat and overall in 3:27.08.

Championship Girls 1,600m SMR: To close out the evening, Guilderland (NY) put together a final push in the homestretch to pass Motor City Track Club (MI) and take the 1,600m SMR in a meet record 3:57.66. Motor City would hold on for second in 3:59.28, and St Johns Striders fought for third in the homestretch in 4:02.14.

Championship Boys Hammer: Christian Toro of Lincoln (RI), who finished fourth in the hammer last year, finally got the elusive win with a throw of 228-6 in the fifth round. Parker Kim from Syossett (NY) also eclipsed the 220-foot mark to grab the silver in 222-8, and fellow New York competitor Matthew Auble earned third place overall with a 204-7 throw. 

Championship Girls Hammer: IMG Academy (FL) senior Jordan Koskondy unleashed a 171-2 throw on her final attempt to move into first place and win a New Balance national title. Jillian Leahy of Lincoln (RI) would have her best row in the sixth round to earn second place in 167-8, and one throw would be enough for Sophia Saldutto as her lone attempt that wasn't a foul helped her to third place overall at 158-5.