This Weekend in Track: March 11-13th
Lots of action across the country this weekend featuring west coast athletes! Here is the breakdown of what to look out for this weekend.
New Balance Indoor Nationals: 3/11-15
The Armory - New York, NY
Where to Watch: Free broadcast
The New Balance Indoor Nationals boasts a number of west coast athletes. Let's start north and head south. Look out for Washington athletes Zack Munson in the 2 mile championships and 5000 championships, Ella Borsheim in the 2 mile championships and 1 mile championships, Ethan Coleman in the 1 mile and 5000 championship, and Isaac Teeples in the 1 mile championship race. The lone Oregon athlete to watch is Wesley Shipsey in the 1 mile championships. Now to the southern end of the west coast. Look for Newbury Park AC of California in the 4x1 mile champs to go for the national record. Other California notables include Tiffany Sax in the 2 mile championships, Samira Kennedy in the 800 championships, Isaiah Givens in the 1 mile championships, Hector Martinez in the 1 mile champs, and Sadie Engelhardt in the 1 mile championships.
NCAA DI indoor track and field championships: 3/11-12
Birmingham CrossPlex - Birmingham, AL
Where to watch: ESPN3
West coast college athletes who are among the favorites in distance races includes the mile runners Julia Heymach of Stanford, Katie Camarena of Portland State, and Anna Gibson of Washington. In the women's DMR, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Stanford are fielding strong relay teams. Some top men milers from the west coast include Jack Yearian and Reed Brown of Oregon. Cole Sprout of Stanford is one of the athletes to look for in the 3000. Ky Robinson of Stanford and Aaron Bienenfeld of Oregon are contenders in the men's 5,000. University of Washington men's distance medley team is the top seed.
Redondo Track Festival: 3/11-12
Redondo Union High School - Redondo, CA
Where to watch: HD Runners
One of the larger invitationals in California this weekend is the Redondo Track Festival and there are a number of distance highlights. Arielle McKenzie of La Canada is the top seed in the girls 800 of 2:11 and the 1600 with a time of 4:48 and Marcell Frances-Mitchell and Ethan Florez of Canyon Anaheim (Ethan also has the top 1600 seed of 4:16) enter the meet with 1:54 times in the 800. In the 3200 Miliana Perez of Clovis North has the top seed of 10:34 and Jason Parra of Millikan and Ethan Godsey of Agoura both enter the meet with a 9:06 seed time. The meet also features a distance medley race and frosh/soph division in distance races too.
K-Bell Track and Field Classic: 3/11-12
Westmont High School - Campbell, CA
There are some impressive entry times for one of the larger invitationals in the Bay Area. Looking at the 800, the top seed for the girls is Kaitlin Seigle of San Lorenzo Valley with at time of 2:18 and there are five girls within striking range of Kaitlin which will make for an exciting race. Teammates Austin George and Jeremy Kain (Jeremy also has the top 1600 seed time of 4:08) of Scotts Valley have the top seeds in the boys 800. Ashley Boothby looks to be the favorite with a seed time of 4:59. Bella Peretti of Pioneer has a 10:59 seed time to lead the 3200 meter entries and State Meet XC D3 Champion Caden Carney of Tamalpais has the top seed time for the 3200 in 9:09.
Don Jones Bronco Invitational: 3/12
Rancho Bernardo High School - San Diego, CA
Down south in San Diego is the Don Jones Bronco Invite with some competitive races. The 800 features Arionn Livingston of Steele Canyon looks to be the class of the field with a seed time of 2:18 and in the boys, look for Ian Rosen of Grossmont to be in the lead with a seed time of 1:57. Sydney Paul of Mt Carmel has the leading time in the 1600 at 5:08 and Preston Bowlds of Patrick Henry enters the 1600 with a leading time of 4:21. The 3200 opens the meet with Sophie Compton of Point Loma leading the field with a time of 10:57 and Anthony Martinez of Eastlake is the seed leader in the 3200. The meet also has the 4 X 800 and distance medley for more opportunities for distance runners to shine.
Clovis East Carnival: 3/11
Clovis East High School - Clovis, CA
Many of the top athletes from California's Central Section are meeting up on Friday at the Clovis East Carnival. Here are some of the top distance entries. Grace Hutchinson and Sierra Cornett of Buchanan lead the 800 race with seed times of 2:18 and 2:19. A fast boy's 800 is on tap with six boys seeded under 2:00 including Noah Ray of Buchanan, Zach Weaver of Buchanan, Nathaniel Avila of Clovis, Christopher Caudillo of Clovis, Ben Borchers of Edison and Isaac Chavez of Madera South. Buchanan girls looks to push the 1600 field with Grace Hutchinson (4:58), Sydney Sundgren (5:02) and Sierra Cornett (5:04) the top seeds. Christopher Caudillo of Clovis (4:12) and Nicholas Ray (4:13) of Buchanan lead a deep field of 1600 runners. Buchanan girls show off why they were the State Meet XC champions last fall as Ell Lomeli (11:20) and Kaylee Elliott (11:33) leading the pack. Carter Spradling of Clovis East has the top 3200 time going into Friday's meet with 9:17.
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