IL New Balance Nationals Indoor Recap: Thursday

Boston,  Mass-

The "Reggie" opened up with a flurry of action on the first day of the New Balance Nationals Indoor that saw a select group of Land of Lincoln track and field athletes perform marvelously. 

The middle schoolers took the stage first and provided some favorable results.

Zaven Johnson is an eighth grader from Manhattan Junior High School and competes for the Legacy Runners Elite TC. He competed in the final #16 section of the 400m and placed 11th overall with a time of 54.39. Kass Kurzynski of Arlington Heights (Palatine Pack Club) placed 20th in 56.23.

Eniece Danzy of the Gately Park Athletic Club placed 22nd in the girls' 400m in 1:00.15.

Jack Jennings (Fr., Palatine Fremd) enjoyed a successful introductory cross country season; now, let's add to the start of his indoor campaign after capturing third in the freshman boys mile. He stayed in the top five most of the race before unleashing a solid final quarter-mile and finishing in a huge personal best of 4:22.56.

The Palatine Pack Track Club's presence continued to be felt in Beantown with Karanveer Patil's performance in the middle school boys' mile. Patil took third in the record-breaking race, finishing in 4:30.56. Sean Reith of Ohio won the section five race in 4:24.68. It would be a new national record.

The evening ended with a bang as Plainfield South returned to Boston to duplicate last year's All-American performance in the 4x1mle. The Cougars quartet again got into the mix and placed third with a time of 17:21.71. Congratulations to Gavin Borger, Dylan Maloney, Joaquin DeAlba, and Camyn Viger.

The Barrington girls closed the first night of action with an 11th place effort in the 4x1mile with a time of 21:02.52. Mia Sirois, Abby Lewis, Kayleigh Burns, and Scout Storms ran a solid race.