Athletes Are On The Hunt For Sub-9 At The VA Showcase

* Athens Drive's Noah Valyo is the defending 3,200m champion at The VA Showcase; he returns for 2024

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A healthy dose of North Carolina State University recruits will lead the top section of the boys 3,200m at The VA Showcase next Saturday. 

Four athletes in all -- including Foot Locker Nationals top 20 finisher Gabriel Schmid and Nike Cross Nationals qualifier Noah Valyo -- will lead the contingent of future Wolfpack men.

The goal? A sub-9 minute performance for the distance. 

If recent results are of any indication, it just might be Schmid who acquires it.

The Orange High School senior currently owns the U.S. No. 1 time of 9:04.30, while four of the top five athletes at the distance in the U.S. are scheduled to run in the field.

Valyo, a future teammate from Raleigh, is the defending champion from his effort of 9:12 last year. Schmid, Valyo, Tyler Surface and Will Venable are among the top 12 runners in the field and have all signed with NC State. 


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The boys and girls 3,200m sections are set for 7:40 a.m. on Saturday and run up through 10:30 a.m.

While Schmid has yet to eclipse nine minutes for his career, he got very close last year, netting times of 9:03 at Arcadia and 9:09 for the full two miles at Nike Indoor Nationals. 

Valyo, a senior at Athens Drive, ran 9:12 at this meet in 2023 clocked a blistering best of 14:40 for 5K over the cross country season at NXR Southeast, qualifying for NXN. 

Most likely to succeed? That just might be Berkley Nance, the fourth-place finisher from Foot Locker Nationals who will be debuting here. 

Nance ran 13:58 for 3-miles at Woodbridge and 14:43 for 5K over the fall. He clocked a time of 9:12 for 3,200m as a junior outdoors and 9:07 outdoors for two miles.

Shane Murphy and Henry Koike-Sieira, teammates from Manhattan Hunter College (NY), are among the strong contenders. Both Ivy-league bound -- to Pennsylvania and Columbia, respectively -- they own PRs of 9:03 and 9:11. 

This will be all dependent on pace. 

Jack Anstrom, a senior from Seaforth, is also a viable challenger. He ran 9:02 for 3,200m last outdoor season and is coming off an impressive cross country season where he clocked a PR of 14:59.70.

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nameschoolseed time
Jack AnstromSeaforth (NC)9:02.61
Gabriel SchmidOrange (NC)9:03.06
Shane MurphyManhattan Hunter College (NY)9:03.30
Ethan GreenArlington (NY)9:04.44
Noah ValyoRaleigh Athens Drive (NC)9:06.00
Berkley NanceMills Godwin (VA)9:08.78
James PartlowGovernor Thomas Johnson (MD)9:10.00
Ty BlairLoudoun Valley9:11.35
Henry Koike-Sieira Manhattan Hunter College (NY)9:11.82
Nayan KasperowskiSouth County (VA)9:12.01
Tyler SurfaceNorth Raleigh Christian (NC)9:16.00
Will VenableRaleigh Broughton (NC)9:16.09

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7:00am: Facility Opens & Track Opens For Warmups

7:40am: Girls Unseeded 3200m Run (Fastest Section First)

8:50am: Boys Unseeded 3200m Run (Fastest Section First)

10:30am: Girls 4x800m Relay (Fastest Section Last)

11:15am: Boys 4x800m Relay (Fastest Section Last)