The highlight of the indoor season would probably have to be running at the New Balance Games at the Armory in New York. What an amazing place! We had to fight off teams from all around just to get a seat. But once the bloodshed was over, the view was worth it. The seats overlooked the track, and it was almost like sitting in a football stadium. The track almost smelled fast. How can anyone help but run the race of their life there? I had also never run on a banked track, so even the hollow thundering sound of each race going off was new and fascinating to me.
Video interview by Brandon Miles with Midlothian's M.C. Miller and Paige Johnston at the 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals. Both Miller and Johnson ran on all three of Midlothian's All-American relays at NIN in the 4xMile, DMR, and 4x800 including a national championship in the 4xMile.
Highland Springs senior Rashaad Cannon nearly won a national title for Virginia out of the field events in the long jump as his first mark of 23'9" lead the competition until the final jumps. Cannon settled for a national runner-up in the event as the top finisher for Virginia in the field events. A promising sign for Virginia was the number of non-seniors picking up top six All-American places at Nike Indoor Nationals including Lakeland junior Chris Copeland in the high jump (3rd), Western Branch sophomore Kelvin Griffin in the triple jump (3rd), and Oscar Smith junior Frede Spellman in the shot put (5th). (Photo to left by John Herzog: Lakeland's Copeland wrapped up a great close to his indoor season with a state title and All-American finish in the high jump)
Video interview by Brandon Miles with West Springfield senior Mike Spooner, who earned All-American honors in the two mile run at Nike Indoor Nationals with a personal best time of 9:12.07 for two miles, which converts to a 3200 meter time of 9:08.67. Spooner joins a small few of past Virginians in recent history that have ran under 9:10 for 3200 meters indoors.
The state of Virginia produced three national runners-up in the girls field events with Ashley Gatling (Deep Creek) in the high jump, Shakia Forbes (Bethel) in the long jump, and Annie Grant (Blacksburg) in the pentathlon. April Sinkler of Brooke Point was an All-American in two events with the high jump and triple jump, while Samella Koroma of T.C. Williams was surprisingly an All-American in an unfamilar event for her in the weight throw. (Pictured to left by David Fleenor: Blacksburg sr Annie Grant improved from 6th in 2006 @ NIN to a 2007 national runner-up in the pentathlon)
Coach Eddie Williams kept the success at NIN going for his Bethel team after last year's national record 400 run by Francena McCorory, it was the Bethel boys stealing the show this year with two national titles in the sprint relays (4x200, 4x400) from slower sections. (Photo by David Fleenor) Virginia had a total of 7 national champions, 7 national runners-up, and 47 All-Americans at the 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals. Top performances included two US #7 all-time performances from Sean Holston in the 400 meter dash at 47.12 and Axel Mostrag in the 800 meter run at 1:51.63. Sean Holston and Bethel boys were double national champions as Holston came back to win the 200 meter dash in 21.53, while Bethel picked up two upset national championships in the 4x200 (1:29.60) and 4x400 (3:21.76) meter relays. More to come from Landover...
Streaming video of Sean Holston's national championship weekend at Nike Indoor Nationals as the Robert E. Lee senior won national titles in the 400 meter dash and 200 meter dash including a US #7 all-time clocking of 47.12.
Video interview by Brandon Miles with Bethel senior Shakia Forbes at the 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals. Forbes was a national champion and national runner-up over this past weekend in the long jump as she won the national title on Friday at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in New York and then took runner-up in the long jump on Sunday at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Maryland. (Photo by John Herzog)
Streaming video of Axel Mostrag's national championship in the 800 meter clocking with a US #7 all-time run of 1:51.63, which is the fastest ever run by a Virginian prep indoors. (Photo by John Herzog)
Video interview by Brandon Miles with Deep Creek senior Ashley Gatling at the 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals. Gatling finished as a national runner-up in the high jump competition for the second year in a row at NIN to Patience Coleman from Durham, North Carolina. Both Gatling and Coleman shared a top clearance of 5'8.75".
Video interview by Brandon Miles with Highland Springs senior Rashaad Cannon at the 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals. Cannon finished as a national runner-up in the long jump as he led the competition until the final jumps with a personal best mark of 23'9". (Photo by John Herzog)
Coaches plan. Athletes listen. When the coach is as accomplished and strategically experienced as West Chester Henderson's Kevin Kelly, and the athletes are as talented and coachable as Chris Ferry, Tim Shea, Andrew Jervis and Chris Aldrich, good things are bound to happen. Kelly had a plan. The runners knew that their workouts indicated they could beat the team they perceived as their main competition - Fork Union Military Academy of Virginia. Kelly outlined his battle plan to PennTrackXC's Gayle Rich. "Our strategy was to give Aldrich as big a lead as possible." Photo by David Fleenor for The MileSplit Network
Audio interview by Kevin Milsted with Sean Holston at Nike Indoor Nationals. Holston picked up two national titles this past weekend at NIN in the 200 and 400 meter dashes including a US #7 all-time performance of 47.12 in the 400 meter dash.
Audio interview by Kevin Milsted with Nike Indoor Nationals 800 meter champion Axel Mostrag of Fork Union. Mostrag broke the Polish junior national 800 meter record and posted the fastest ever indoor 800 meter time by a Virginian prep with a 1:51.63 victory in Landover.
Recap of Kentucky runners at the two major indoor national meets last weekend.
The MileSplit Network was out in full force covering the 2007 Nike indoor Nations this weekend. thousands of pictures have been posted along with some video, and audio coverage.
Alabama was well represented this weekend at Nike Indoor Nationals. Athletes from Mountain Brooke, St Pauls, Smiths Station, and Hoover all participated this past weekend. Photos from this past weekend are available at the following galleries. Herzoghttps://www.milesplit.com/gallery/735Fleenorhttps://www.milesplit.com/gallery/734
Stowers third in 60 hurdles, breaks own freshman record. Morris fifth in 200 finalsIndoor championships March 10-11 at Prince George's Sports & Learning Center in Landover, Md. Photo gallery 1 Photo gallery 2
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Teona Rodgers had a very impressive double with two second place finishes in the 200 and 60H. Ashley Brasovan had the lone Florida national title with a huge performance in the 2 mile. While Chris Ward and Kayle Hale each took third place in their respective events. Check out the full summary and tons of coverage including photos, results, articles, videos, and audio interviews from our on-site coverage through the MileSplit Network, which featured a team of six people covering the two days of Nike Indoor Nationals in Landover, MD.
The superlatives escape him. She is not easily impressed.He is Rob Ronzano, coach of one Ryann Krais, the remarkably talented, genuinely humble talent who added another national title to her growing resume with the #3 all-time indoor Pentathlon on Saturday at the Nike Team Nationals. Ronzano saw the talent when she started her indoor season as a freshman. His reaction was to read everything he could find, and talk with as many coaches as he could - all in an effort to try to stay ahead of her talent curve. He's still ahead, but it's like trying to outrun a train. Sometimes it's just best to step off the track and watch. On Saturday at NIN, he coached. But he also watched, and what he saw from the junior again amazed him. "To be a little off and to still set a record, that's pretty special," Ronzano understated. Photo by John Herzog for the MileSplit Network
Photos of PA athletes at Nike Indoor Nationals
Flash Results from NIN Live Results from NIN Live Results from NSIC
Video interview by Brandon Miles with two of the top three finishers in the boys 5000 meter run at Nike Indoor Nationals in race champion Jason Witt of Midlothian (15:05.29) and third place finisher Thomas Porter of Mountain View (15:12.82).
Video interview by Brandon Miles with Aurora Scott as the homeschooled junior finished 10 seconds off the high school national indoor record with a 16:53.55 national title win at Nike Indoor Nationals.
Photos by John HerzogThe Nike Indoor Nationals introduced the 5,000 meter run to the meet's lineup for the 2007 meet and the state of Virginia welcomed it with open arms as homeschooled junior Aurora Scott won the girls race in 16:53.55, while Midlothian junior Jason Witt won the boys in 15:05.29. Virginia went 1-3 in the boys race with Mountain View sophomore Thomas Porter also picking up All-American honors in third place at 15:12.82. Porter finished two seconds off the sophomore class national record.
Don't forget to subscribe. That is the main way we pay for this full-time level of coverage. Three choices: 3-months/4-months/One Year Highlighting the weekend... On DAY THREE of the NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS at the New York Armory, North Penn captured 2nd in the 4x800. Jamar Jones of Engineering & Science early all-American with his 3rd place in the 800. Kiski Area's Garner McCloud earned all-American status with a 5th place in the triple jump. Chris Ferry of Henderson, took 8th in the 800. On DAY TWO, Caitlin DeFusco, Germantown Academy, moved to the semis of the 200 but was DQed in the finals. PCL reps Archbishop Prendergast and Cardinal O'Hara boys were 8th and 9th in the 4xmile. In the 4x200, Cardinal O'Hara, Neshaminy and Neumann Goretti's boys advanced, as did the West Catholic girls. Joe Berry, Hatboro-Horsham, advanced to the finals of the pole vault. Liberty's Beki Finn and Easton's Abby Schaffer tied for 5th and earned all-American certificates. Simone Carter, West Catholic, did not advance to Sunday's final in the 60. On DAY ONE in New York, Unionville senior Paul Springer ran 2nd in the 5000, going 14:51.07. Steve Murdoch of NY took 1st. West Catholic's Simone Carter advanced in the 60 dash with a 7.84. Kashif Thompson of Archbishop Ryan moved on in the 60 hurdles, going 8.36. The Cardinal O'Hara boys were 7th in the 1600 Sprint Medley Relay, running 3:33.32.(North Penn takes 2nd in the 4x800 - Photo by Maroon News of NJ) On DAY TWO of the NIKE INDOOR NATIONALS in Maryland, Chanelle Price set a meet record in the 800, winning in 2:07.43. Shaniel Chambers of Chester was 5th in 2:14.36. Elliot Rhodes of Germantown Academy was 4th in the 800. Karen Shump of Penncrest, was runner-up again in the shot put. And Weston Banks of Hempfield, took 2nd in the boys' shot put. Cheltenham's Brandon Bing was 5th in the 200. Glen Mills' Reuben Aimes was 6th in the long jump. Also earning all-American honors were Great Valley and Baldwin in the boys' 4x800. Great Valley was 3rd and Baldwin, 6th. William Tennent's James Pittinger took 6th in the high jump. Abby Schaffer, Easton, took 6th in the pole vault. Ryann Krais advanced to the semis of the 60 hurdles, but missed by .02 at 8.70 in advancing to the finals. In the 60 dash, Jasmine Russ of Franklin High in Philly, and Kristen Arnold of Downingtown West each advanced to the semis, but both missed the final. PA 3000 champs Carly Seymour and Jason Weller were 9th and 11th, respectively, in the 2-mile run. On DAY ONE in Maryland, Ryann Krais, Methacton, set a meet record and recorded the #3 all-time prep Pentathlon with 3715 point, six better than Gayle Hunter scored in 2004. She won the 60 hurdles, high jump, long jump and 800, and tied for 2nd in the shot put for a total of 3715 points. Germantown Academy's Alex Holcombe tied for 3rd in the boy's Pentathlon, taking 6th in the 60 hurdles, 4th in the long jump, 2nd in the shot put, 13th in the high jump, and 5th in the 1000 meter run, for a total 3966 points. The West Chester Henderson boys won the DMR, with Baldwin taking 5th, and Great Valley 8th. The Easton girls won the SMR in a US#1 time (All-Time #4), as Chester took 4th. In the 5000, two Pennsylvanians earned all-American status as Kassie Meholick of Cedar Cliff and Katherine Ward of State College ran 5th and 6th, respectively. Germantown Friends ran to a 4th place finish in the 4xmile, while Saint Basil's Academy captured 6th. Both captured all-American honors. No PA athletes advanced in the 400. Ijeoma Iheoma of Council Rock South was the top PA runner for the girls, and Russell Dinkins of Philadelphia was 19th. Flash Results from NIN Live Results from NIN Results from NSIC
Photos taken by David Fleenor from the 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals.
Photos taken by John Herzog from the 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals.
Photo Galleries/Video of Pennsylvania athletes at the National Scholastic Indoor Championship in New York and Nike Indoor Nationals in Maryland, plus Audio Interviews by the MileSplit Network's Kevin Milsted at Nike Indoor Nationals
Last year, Fork Union's Axel Mostrag nearly pulled off an improbable come from behind win in the DMR with a 4:13 1600m anchor leg. This year with relay members Szymon Rola (2:30 1000, 4:20 1600) and Jamie Reichlen (2:32), Fork Union may not have as a dramatic finish in the DMR, but Mostrag's attempt at double national titles on Sunday in the mile and 800 in a 1 1/2 hour span will have plenty. WHOOOOOOO ARE YOU? WHO! WHO! WHO! WHO! Inspired by attending Thursday night's amazing concert in DC by The Who, we take a look at "The Who" as in the Virginians who should make the biggest noise this weekend at the 2007 edition of the Nike Indoor Nationals. Virginia will have a large delegation of its top athletes and relays competing at NIN this weekend as the state hopes to bring in more than a handful of national champions as well as a countless number of All-American top six finishers. In particular, three individuals stand the best shots at being national champions in two events a piece with Sean Holston in the 200 and 400 meter dash, Axel Mostrag in the mile and 800 meter run, and Aurora Scott in the 5K and two mile run.
Here is an event-by-event look at the girls competition in the Nike Indoor Nationals this weekend (March 10-11) in Landover, Maryland.