New Balance Nationals Indoor Day Gets Snappy

It was a great day to be a shot putter if your name was Chloe Lindeman

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Chloe Lindeman interview

Day two started similar to day one for some of the state's finest athletes inside the famous New Balance Armory Track and Floor. That start was like a bad breakfast that impacts your day. Homewood-Flossmoor senior Josh Bridges had high hopes of dropping a big personal best in the 60m. But instead, it was an insult to injury after running 7.00 and missing the semi-final cut. The final result was a pulled hamstring

Chloe Lindeman came into the season as the #1  Last year coming into the championship Lindeman was a candidate for All-American honors and a name in the hat as far as the rest of the nation was concerned. Now, as a Fulton HS senior, the University of Wisconsin signee is the top returning shot putter. Lindeman opener her campaign earlier in the week with a US #1 49-8 at Rock Falls. The field coming in was stacked as 7 of the top 10 performers were ready to duel. Lindeman copped the lead on the third attempt, heaving the ball 46-6.25. It turned out to be her best effort in the series and the national championship,

Marcellus Moore kicked off his New Balance expedition by winning his 60m and 200m prelims. The Plainfield North junior superstar is among a select group that's expected to vie for national titles. The former was a piece of cake as Moore motored down the runway in 6.79 and into the semi-finals. The latter was just as easy and smooth in 21.46. Moore will, of course, be on 12 cylinders for the Sunday finals.

Sam Rivera (Sr., Chicago Whitney Young) first IL kid under 4:20 this undercover season with a 4:19.51- good for 7th place in the Emerging Elite Boys Mile.

Kayla Walters (Sr., Bolingbrook) endured a horrendous start in her 60HH prelim but was still able to recover and move on to the semis with a solid time of 8.68. Walters was officially clocked 8.08 at 55HH which is #1 in the state.

Zach Pluff (Sr., Freeburg) experienced a good trip to the Big Apple and came home with a state-leading 6-9 personal best in the high jump.

Sam Liokumovich (Sr., Deerfield) placed 7th in the Shot Put with a heave of 60-2.

Jayla Campbell (Sr., Rich South) took part in the girls 400m prelim but was disqualified for a lane violation. Initially she placed14th in 55.77