We’re back at the TRACK of new balance for Day 3 of the New Balance Nationals. After two days of outstanding performances from our Massachusetts’ track & field athletes, we’re expecting more of the same on Saturday. Friday’s competition featured an impressive victory from Belmont’s Ellie Shea in the Championship Two Mile. Shea clocked a nation No. 1 of 9:49.82, the fourth fastest time in the U.S. in th history of the event. Newton North also earned All American honors by placing fourth in the SMR with a time of 3:30.80.
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- For the second straight day, there was no stopping Ellie Shea. The Belmont junior made it back-to-back titles in the 5,000-meter run with a nation-leading and state record of 15:46.28. Shea built up an 11-second cushion over the chase pack by the 1K mark and never looked back, winning by nearly a minute over second-place finisher Jolena Quarzo. Her victory comes a day after taking the two mile with a nation No.1 of 9:49.82. “My training has prepared me for this,” she said. “I would never go into a race not feeling 100 percent. I was confident I would be able to pull of this double.
- In the boys’ 5K, Catholic Memorial’s CJ Sullivan also etched his name in the record books finishing seventh in a loaded field with a time of 14:31-30, smashing the one-year-old mark of 14:41.49, set at last year’s NBN by Framingham’s Sam Burgess. Burgess was tenth overall in 14:43.0. Finishing about 35-40 meters ahead of him was Westford Academy’s Paul Bergeron, who was timed in 14:36.05.
- North Andover started off the early afternoon events by making the podium in the Shuttle Hurdle Relays. The quartet of Jacob Nuttall, Nathan Jacques, Zachary Traficante, and Nate Solivan combined for a time of 31.83. Andover was 13th overall in 32.85. Lexington was 24th at 33.97.
- A fast start didn’t effect the mindset of Newton South’s Amelia Everett in the 800m, who placed third overall with an indoor best of 2:08.50. The Stanford-bound senior matched her placement from the Outoor Nationals last spring in a race loaded with talent. Everett was in seventh place after 400 meters, despite hitting the halfway mark at 62 seconds. Her bronze-medal performances comes a day after a 2:11.72 anchor on her team’s tenth-place SMR (4:09.07) .
- Brookline’s quartet of Kailas Ciatto, Pablo Tejedor Meyers, Ben Kasen, and Declan Mulligan was the fastest among MA schools, placing 19th overall in 18:09.52. Natick was 29th at 18:25.66, while North Andover was 43rd at 18:41.88.