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The Weekend in Track March 9-12

New Balance Nationals Indoor – March 9 - 12

The Track at New Balance – Boston, MA

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New Balance Nationals will compete over four days in the new The Track at New Balance facility in Boston. There are a number of west coast athletes who are in the championship heats.

Gioana Lopizza of Dana Hills

On Friday Brayden Seymour of Newbury Park is entered in the 2-mile race who finished in a close second at last Saturday’s The Ten 1600. Brady Bliven and Jack Meier of West Salem, Tyrone Gorze of Crater, Aaron Cantu, Dev Doshi of Newbury Park, Emmanuel Hernandez of Cathedral and Grant Morgenfeld of Palo Alto are also entered in the 2-mile. In the girl's 2-mile, Hanne Thomsen of Montgomery of Santa Rosa is the defending 3200-meter California State Champion and is entered in the 2-mile. Also in the entries is Gioana Lopizzo of La Costa Canyon who won the 3000 at the Washington HS Invitational in February. Holly Barker of Laguna Hills, Marjourie Lopez of Shadow Hills, Alish Hawkins of Newbury Park and Payton Godsey of Oaks Christian are also in the Championship 2-mile. In the distance medley relay, Crater boys, who finished fourth at NXN and is led by Tyrone Gorze, are slated to race. Cathedral boys are also in the DMR. Oaks Christian is in the fast heat of the DMR and is led by Payton Godsey who won Garmin in December. JSerra girls, who qualified for NXN last fall, is also in the fast heat of the DMR.

Tyrone Gorze of Crater

Saturday’ s 5000 has Lex Young of Newbury Park, Tyrone Gorze and Shaun Garnica of Crater, Emmanuel Perez of Cathedral, Joshua Chu of Foothill and Zack Munson of Sehome in the race. Tiffany Sax of Newbury Park, Sydney Collier of Skyline, Maya de Brouwer of La Canada are listed in the girl’s 5000. The boy's 800 has west coast athletes Aaron Sahlman of Newbury Park who ran 1:50.25 last week at The Ten to win the race and Carter Cutting of Wilsonville who ran 1:50.97 at the Husky Classic in February against college athletes. Samira Kennedy of Castilleja committed to nearby Harvard and is in the Championship 800. Loyola of Los Angeles and Crater boys are listed in the fast heat of the 4 X Mile.

Sadie Engelhardt of Ventura

Sunday’s mile includes Wes Shipsey of Central Catholic who ran 4:10.80 in the mile against college athletes at the Husky Classic and Aaron Sahlman of Newbury Park ran 4:06.69 on this track earlier in February. Aaron Cantu of Newbury Park, Grant Morgenfeld of Palo Alto, Carter Cutting of Wilsonville, Brody Hartley of Walla Walla, Josiah Tostenson of Crater, Brayden Seymour of Newbury Park and William Heslam of Roosevelt are listed in the Championship Mile. Sadie Englehardt of Ventura set the California sophomore record in the 3200 last week and has run 4:40.59 indoors on this track in February, Alurra Markow of Dana Hills won last week’s The Ten 1600 and has run an indoor mile this season in 4:49.16 are both in the Championship Mile. Danielle Brotcke of Newbury Park, McCall Dame of El Camino and Samira Kennedy of Castilleja are also in the Championship Mile. JSerra girls are listed in the 4 X 800.

Nike Indoor Nationals – March 10 – 12

Center at The Armory – New York, NY

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Nike Indoor Nationals will be at the famed The Armory for three days of competition. West coast athletes will be in some of the championship races.

Samy Anderson (228) of Lincoln

Friday’s two-mile include NXN qualifiers Samy Anderson of Lincoln, who recently committed to Gonzaga, and Keira Saavedra of Lincoln and Maura O'Scannlain of Jesuit will be in the girl’s 2-mile. Jesuit girls of Oregon will be in the distance medley on Friday and their team finished 12th at NXN in December.

Conner Wirth of Emerald Ridge

Eva Novy Hildesley of Lincoln is entered in the Garmin Girls 800 meter Championship. Saturday will have Lincoln’s Henry Alexander and Harrison Talcott in the 5000 along with Washington 4A XC champion Conner Wirth of Emerald Ridge. Menlo High School is entered in the 4 X Mile which includes the Pretre brothers.

Ana Peters (5) of Lake Oswego

Sunday's mile features William Heslam of Roosevelt, who finished second last year at the 6A Oregon 1500 State Meet final (and is listed at New Balance mile), and, Justin and Landon Pretre, of Menlo. Justin won the 1500 in the California Winter Championships. Ana Peters of Lake Oswego is in the championship mile and won Oregon’s 6A Cross Country State Meet in November.

NCAA Indoor Championship – March 10 & 11

Albuquerque Convention Center – Albuquerque, NM

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Juliette Whittaker of Stanford

After an indoor season of fast times and NCAA records, athletes meet in Albuquerque to crown champions. Here are some notable athletes competing for west coast schools. Stanford’s freshman duo of Roisin Willis and Juliette Whittaker have the first and third fastest 800 meter times going into this weekend. In the mile, Anna Gibson of Washington is having an excellent indoor season and is one of the favorites. Washington, Oregon and Stanford all have shots at winning the DMR with Washington entering the race with the top time and NCAA record.

Charles Hicks of Stanford

In the men’s mile, the story this winter has been the number of athletes breaking the fabled four-minute mile barrier and the number of Washington Huskies in the mile (six!). Can Washington go 1-2-3? It may be difficult to accomplish this with Anass Essayi of South Carolina, but Washington’s Joe Waskom won the outdoor 1500 last spring. Stanford’s Cole Sprout isn’t racing the 5000 and will be fresh in the 3000 and teammate Ky Robinson is another threat in the 3000. Since Stanford’s Charles Hicks is coming off his NCAA Cross Country Championship, he is contender in the 5000 as well as Ky Robinson of Stanford. In the DMR, the lone west coast school racing is Washington, but with their plethora of milers, they have a chance for a victory.

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