New Balance Indoor Boys — Loudoun Relays Run Wild

Jacob Hunter anchored a pair of Loudoun wins, Sam Affolder the other, plus putting up the fastest splits. (JOHN NEPOLITAN)

NEW YORK CITY, March 08-10—In a rampage that lasted just about 24 hours, the boys baton teams from Loudoun Valley (Purcellville, Virginia) took control of the newsfeed at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, grabbing 3 wins and 2 High School Records as the Jungle TC.

On Friday night the team made history in the distance medley. Bronxville leadoff Sam Rizzo blasted a 2:59.45 on the opening 1200, leaving Loudoun’s Jacob Hunter 12m behind at 3:01.33. Akere Simms put down a 50.91 to bring the Virginians even with Bronxville, then Connor Wells built a huge lead with his 1:55.96 to handoff to Sam Affolder. A senior who moved to Virginia and Loudoun Valley in ’17, Affolder had actually been the leadoff on the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, team that set the national record of 9:56.18 two years ago. Affolder steadily churned the laps and kept his eye on the clock, hitting 59.3 for his final 400 to clock a 4:06.21, bringing the team home in a record 9:54.41. “I know that the boys put a lot of trust in me on that anchor,” he said.

On Saturday afternoon, Loudoun lined up for the 4 x Mile, chasing the HSR of 17:01.82 it set in last year’s meet. Last year Wells led off at 4:24.7, Hunter ran 4:15.0 and Affolder 4:10.6. This time Kevin Carlson led off at 4:22.26 and the foursome was never headed, as Wells ran 4:21.46 and Affolder 4:06.19. On the anchor, Hunter chased the clock, his 4:11.90 yielding a final time of 17:01.81, breaking the record by a mere 0.01. The time also rates as the “absolute” (in/out combined) record.

Less than 6 hours later came the 4×8, and Loudoun churned off a 7:40.49, becoming the No. 3 school ever. Affolder contributed the fastest leg, 1:51.37. It was the first time that all three of the distance relays had gone to the same school. Said coach Joan Hunter of the last win, “Wasn’t expecting that.” Wells, who ran second leg on the 4×8, said, “Before the race, Coach Hunter was like, ‘Don’t be content. You’ve had a great Friday and Saturday but don’t stop here. This is a whole new race.’ ”

The sprints featured a pair of top-notch performances. Micah Williams (Benson, Portland) roared to a dash win in 6.60, becoming the No. 3 performer ever. In the 200, Mario Heslop (Franklin, Somerset, NJ) produced a 20.90 winner to move to No. 3 on that ATL. Justin Robinson (West, Hazelwood, Missouri) moved to No. 5 in the 400 with his 46.55 victory over Ashton Allen (Bullis, Potomac, Maryland), who ran 46.99.

After the leaders passed three-quarters in 3:06.7, the mile got crazy with a number of big bumps, near-falls and a DQ. Fastest survivor was Jake Renfree (Catholic, Knoxville) whose 4:06.39 moved him to No. 10 ever. Behind him Cole Sprout (Valor, Highlands Ranch, Colorado) and Nick Foster (Pioneer, Ann Arbor), ran 4:06.68 and 4:07.18.

Justin Forde upped his yearly leader in the triple jump to 51-3. (DAVE McCAULEY)

Hurdle leader Kurt Powdar of Smith (Chesapeake, Virginia) rocketed a 7.63 heat but got his steps wrong in the final, stopping at the first barrier as Sincere Rhea (St. Augustine, Richland, New Jersey) took the win in 7.69. The day before Powdar led his Smith teammates to a win in the shuttle hurdles, their 29.02 ranking No. 3 all-time.

On the field, Max Manson (Monarch, Louisville, Colorado) highlighted the action with a 17-5½ vault win. Justin Forde of McMahon (Norwalk, Connecticut) took the triple with a list-leading 51-3. The shot produced a nice battle, Aiden Felty (Billerica, Massachusetts) topping Patrick Piperi (The Woodlands, Texas), 66-8¾ to 66-3¾.


NEW BALANCE BOYS RESULTS

New York, New York, March 08–10 (200 banked)

(3/8—5000, DM; 3/9— MileW, 200, 400, 4×8, 4xM, SM, HJ, PV, LJ, SP, Pent)

60: 1.*Micah Williams (Benson, Portland) 6.60 (HSL) (3, 3 HS) (6.17 [HSL] [=6, 6 HS]); 2. Lance Lang (McCluer North, Florissant, Mo) 6.65 (6.19 [=9, x HS])

3. Mario Heslop (Franklin, Somerset, NJ) 6.73; 4. *Marcellus Moore (North, Plainfield, Il) 6.81; 5. Chris Duffy (Boyle, Danville, Ky) 6.84; 6. *Dylan Brown (King, Detroit) 6.84.

200: 1. Heslop 20.90 (HSL) (3, 4 HS);

2. Moore 21.23; 3. Brown 21.42; 4. Emerson Douds (Weddington, Matthews, NC) 21.57; 5. *Kayshon Boutue (Westgate, New Iberia, La) 21.81.

400: 1. *Justin Robinson (West, Hazelwood, Mo) 46.55 (HSL) (5, =8 HS);

2. Ashton Allen (Bullis, Potomac, Md) 46.99; 3. Randolph Ross (Garner, NC) 47.57; 4. Anthony Brodie (Columbus, Bronx) 47.91; 5. Mange Camara (Watertown, Ma) 48.24.

800: *Abdullahi Hassan’ (Can) 1:51.91; 2. Luis Peralta’ (Passaic, NJ) 1:52.30; 3. Malcolm Going (Darbury, Ct) 1:52.63; 4. **Darius Kipyego (St Raphael, Pawtucket, RI) 1:53.44; 5. *Conor Murphy (Classical, Providence, RI) 1:53.46; 6. Alfred Chawonza (St Benedict’s, Newark) 1:53.50.

Mile: 1. Jake Renfree (Catholic, Knoxville) 4:06.39 (HSL) (10, x HS) (3:50.49 [HSL]);

2. *Cole Sprout (Valor, Highlands Ranch, Co) 4:06.68 (3:50.75); 3. Nick Foster (Pioneer, Ann Arbor) 4:07.18; 4. Foster Malleck’ (Can) 4:09.27; 5. Sam Gilman (Hilten Head Island, SC) 4:10.37; 6. Chase Rivera (Bolles, Jacksonville) 4:11.24; 7. Carter Cheeseman (Christian, Ft Worth) 4:11.27.

2M: 1. Devin Hart (Borough, Point Pleasant, NJ) 8:56.89 (HSL) (8:25.45);

2. Ryan Oosting (Arlington, Ma) 8:57.37 (8:25.69); 3. Charles Hicks (Bolles, Jacksonville, Fl) 8:59.81 (8:26.59); 4. Shea Weilbaker (Saratoga Springs, NY) 9:01.20; 5. Henry Chapman (East Troy, Wi) 9:01.99; 6. James Gedris (Groose Ile, Mi) 9:03.54; 7. Ryan Guerci (Nanuet, NY) 9:05.29.

5000: 1. Cheeseman 14:04.01 (HSL);

2. Corey Gorgas (Saugatuck, Mi) 14:40.75; 3. Tyler Berg (Balston Lake, N.Y) 14:42.23.

60H: 1. Sincere Rhea (St Augustine, Richland, NJ) 7.69; 2. Cameron Harris (Brighton, Co) 7.81; 3. Kenneth Wei (Mt Sinai, NY) 7.83; 4. Deanthony Coleman (Carver, Montgomery, Al) 7.83; 5. Joshua Brockman (Kell, Charlotte) 7.84; 7. Myles Marshall (Lassiter, Marietta, Ga) 7.87;… dnf—Kurt Powdar (Smith, Chesapeake, Va).

MileW: 1. *Sean Glaze (Springfield, Oh) 6:46.89 (HSL) (6:15.89)

2. *Samuel Allen (Woolwich, NJ) (6:16.00); 3. Jadon Davis (Baltimore) 7:14.09.

Relay Events

4 x 200: 1. Southeast, Raleigh 1:28.08; 2. Reagan, Pfafftown, NC 1:29.03; 3. Columbus, Bronx,1:29.20; 4. Central Dauphin East, Harrisburg, Pa 1:29.58; 5. Central, Providence, RI 1:29.68.

4 x 400: 1. St. Benedict’s, Newark 3:18.30; 2. Hebron, Carrollton, Tx 3:20.39; 3. Free, Newburgh, NY 3:20.44; 4. Huntington, NY 3:20.97.

4 x 800: 1. Loudoun Valley, Purcellville, Va 7:40.49 (HSL) (3 HS) (Jacob Windle 1:57.46, Connor Wells 1:57.04, Sam Affolder 1:51.37, Jacob Hunter1:54.62); 2. Weddington, Matthews, NC 7:40.65 (4, 4 HS) (Kyle Durham 1:52.84);

3. St. Benedict’s, Newark 7:42.53; 4. Brookline, Ma 7:46.88; 5. Ridge, Basking Ridge, NJ 7:47.23; 6. Suffield, Ct 7:49.05; 7. Scarsdale, NY 7:49.43.

4 x Mile: 1. Loudoun 17:01.81 HSR (old HSR, 17:01.82, Loudoun ’17) (also absolute HSR) (Wells 4:22.26, Kevin Carlson 4:21.46, Affolder 4:06.19, Hunter 4:11.90);

2. Christian Brothers, Lincroft, NY 17:20.33; 3. Hendricken, Warwick, RI) 17:30.26; 4. Cary, NC 17:31.38.

SpMed: 1. Bronxville, NY 3:27.34 (HSL) (Matt Rizzo 1:50.18);

2. St. Benedict’s, Newark 3:27.55 (Alfred Chawonza 1:52.56); 3. La Salle, RI 3:29.70; 4. Cuthbertson, Waxhaw, NC 3:29.70; 5. St. Raphael, Pawtucket, RI 3:31.62 (Darius Kipyego 1:52.04); 6. Exeter, NH 3:31.80.

DisMed: 1. Loudoun 9:54.41 HSR (old HSR 9:56.18 Carlisle, Pa ’17) (in/out: 5 HS) (Hunter 3:01.33, Akere Simms 50.91, Wells 1:55.96, Affolder 4:06.21);

2. St. Anthony’s, South Huntington, NY 10:02.55 (9 HS);

3. Bronxville, NY 10:07.15; 4. Warrior Project 10:08.30.

4 x 55H: 1. Smith, Chesapeake, Va 29.02 (HSL) (3 HS) (Kurt Powdar, Aaron Shirley, Shemeek Dixon, Kevaughton Watson); 2. Western Branch, Chesapeake, Va) 29.39 (5 HS);

3. Deptford, NJ 30.19.

Field Events

HJ: 1. Trey Allen (Oak Mountain, Birmingham, Al) 6-10¾; 2. David Ajama (Lowell, Ma) 6-10¾; 3. tie, Mark Anselmi (South, Middleton, NJ) NJ); Chet Ellis (Staples, Westport, Ct) *Aidan Clark (Briar Woods, Asburn, Va) Charles McBride (Apex, NC) 6-9.

PV: 1. Max Manson (Monarch, Louisville, Co) 17-5½; 2. Nathan Stone (Lawrence North, Indianapolis) 17-1½; 3. Bowman Starr (Eastlake, Sammamish, Wa) 16-9½; 4. *Dalton Shepler (Vandalia-Butler, Vandalia, Oh 16-5¼; 5. *Spencer Evans (Lake Norman, Mooresville, NC) 16-1¾; 6. Travis Snyder (Thornton, Saco, Me) 16-1¾; 7. *Kameron Aime (School, Maurepas, La) 16-1¾.

LJ: 1. *Jieem Bullock (Leland, NC) 24-4¼; 2. Ezra Mellinger (Lampeter, Pa) 24-3; 3. Jeremiah Willis (Clay, NY) 24-¾; 4. Adam Yang (Acton, Ma) 23-11¾; 5. Wei 23-11; 6. Brockman 23-10¾.

TJ: 1. Justin Forde (McMahon, Norwalk, Ct) 51-3 (HSL);

2. Christopher Alexander (Rocky River, Mint Hill, NC) 50-10; 3. *Jadan Hanson (Uniondale, NY) 50-8; 4. *Sean Dixon-Bodie (Bloomfield, Ct); 5. Mason Henry (Glen Allen, Va) 49-9.

SP: 1. Aiden Felty (Billerica, Ma) 66-8¾; 2. Patrick Piperi (The Woodlands, Tx) 66-3¾; 3. Jason Montano (Saco, Me) 62-8½; 4. Nolan Landis (Madison, Oh) 61-1¾; 5. Trey *Knight (Ridgefield, Wa) 60-9¼.

Wt: 1. Knight 80-0; 2. Tyler Arbaugh (Van Buren, Oh) 73-8; 3. Justyn Loper (Whitewater, Fayetteville, Ga) 70-3; 4. *Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) 70-3; 5. Cole Hooper (Cumberland, RI) 70-1.

Pent: 1. Jeff Kinder (Brentwood, Tn) 3673 (HSL);

2. Carl Omohundro (Midlothian, Va) 3643; 3. Andrew Colbert (Freehold Township, NJ) 3,589.

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