The meet of the weekend was the Adidas Indoor National Championships in Va Beach. It’s hard to imagine the national indoor meet heading back to NYC after the success of this past weekend. Va Beach pulled athletes from the entire East Coast (and beyond). The indoor national meets of the past have largely been a Mid-Atlantic and Northeast event. The proximity to Va Beach is also ideal.
Here are the highlights from VA Beach…
ADIDAS INDOOR NATIONALS – 2/26-2/28
Ashlyn Giles (sr, Schuylkill Valley) won the indoor national championship in the shot put. The Nebraska commit got stronger as the event progressed and saved her best for last. On her final throw, she launched the shot over 49-feet to secure the title!
Annika Ermold (jr, Governor Mifflin) placed 14th in the nation with her throw of 39-05.75.
Dylan Lambrecht (sr, Northern Lebanon) just missed the award’s stand, placing 7th with his 58-00.25. The PSU commit surpassed the 60-foot mark earlier this season and should be in line for a big outdoor campaign.
Brady Mider (fr, Berks Catholic) may very well be the next great thrower to come through Central PA. He launched a new 47-09.25 PR throw which is PA#1 and US#3 for freshmen.
Margaret Carroll (sr, Northeastern) earned All-American honors in the 5k, running 17:11.73 and placing 3rd overall. Her time becomes the 3rd fastest ever run by a PA High-Schooler indoors. She went through the 3200m mark in 10:51 and continued to roll through the finish.
The Twin Valley boys cranked an 8:08 4×800 to earn All-American status. At least two of the teams that beat them were a collection of “all-stars” and not all from the same school. In an event that was all club or unattached athletes, they may have been the top “same-school” team. The relay was made up of Noah and Iain Taylor, Nolan Meincke, and Anthony Engle. Noah Taylor recorded the fastest split time of 1:59.1. Sub-8 is coming this outdoor season.
The 800m was highlighted by a trio of sophomore boys from District 3. All 3 athletes ran new PRs. The group was led by Annville-Cleona’s Jahmar Gonzalez-Allie who ran 2:03.31. Ben Blough (JP McCaskey) closed well to win his heat in 2:04.47. Mechanicsburg’s Carter Paul, doubling back from the 2-mile the day before, ran 2:06.40.
Leading the way for the girl’s in the mile run was JP McCaskey senior Arielle Breuninger. Arielle ran a new mile PR of 5:10.40 (5:08.60 1600m). That time placed her 9th in the Open Division. Allie Engle (jr, Northern) ran a season best time of 5:23.75 (5:21.87 1600m). Milana Breuninger (so, JP McCaskey) ran a new PR of 5:28.89 (5:26.98 1600m).
In the boys mile run, all 5 area athletes set new PRs and 3 ran sub-4:30. Tyler Stevens (jr, Manheim Township) placed 10th overall in the Open Division running 4:26.63 (4:25.08 1600m). Alex Holbrook (jr, Exeter Township) finished 14th overall with his 4:29.20 (4:27.64 1600m) and Aidan Hodge (so, Hempfield) ran 4:29.25 (4:27.69 1600m) for 15th. Also setting new PRs were Jahmar Gonzalez-Allie and Ryan French (jr, Hempfield) who ran 4:48.52 (4:46.85 1600m) and 4:48.73 (4:47.06 1600m), respectively.
In the girl’s 2-mile, Arielle Breuninger ran a big PR of 11:10.40 (11:06.51 3200m). That time earned her 2nd place in the Open Division.
In the Boys Open 2-mile, Weber Long (jr, Greencastle-Antrim) went out hard and led the entire way while holding off a hard-charging challenger over the final 50 meters to take the win. His time was an impressive 9:26.51 (9:23.22 3200m). Stephen Schousen (sr, JP McCaskey) had to work alone in his heat, running out front throughout en route to his new PR of 9:35.38 (9:32.04 3200m). That time earned him 3rd place in the Open Division. Claiming top-10 performances in the Open 2-mile were Tyler Stevens and Aidan Hodge. Both set solid PRs with Stevens running 9:38.62 (9:35.26 3200m) for 9th and Hodge running 9:39.68 (9:36.32 3200m) for 10th. Cole Perry (jr, Northeastern), Carter Paul, and Ryan French also ran new PRs with Perry going 9:57.06 (9:53.60 3200m), Paul hitting 10:23.50 (10:19.88 3200m), and French running 10:32.92 (10:29.25 3200m).
Annika Hummel (sr, Mechanicsburg) had the area’s top pole vault performance of the weekend. She set a new PR of 11-07.75 to place 5th in the Open Division.