Day 2 really ramped things up for Keystone Staters at adidas Indoor Nationals.
The big story of the day was the incredible display by Avery Lewis in the long jump, where she leapt to a freshman class national record, a Pennsylvania state record, and the sixth best jump in prep history. Did we mention she's just a freshman? Read all about Lewis' big day and have a look at a video of her 21 foot, 2.5 inch jump HERE.
But there was a bunch of other big things from Day 2 at AIN. We break it all down here.
Quick 2 Miles: Martin Runs To PA No. 3 All-Time; Mulhern, Cochran Race Well
Gary Martin kept it rolling in his impressive season. The Archbishop Wood junior placed second in the Championship 2 mile, running a time of 9:02.93. Martin led for much of the race, pacing the field, before Sam Rich of South Carolina took the lead and gradually pulled away from Martin. Rich won in 8:58.15
Martin's time moves him up to third all-time on the PA state list, trailing only Noah Affolder (8:46.08 in 2017) and Max Kaulbach (9:02.65 in 2008). Martin will return on Sunday for the Championship mile.
In the girls' 2 mile, Jenna Mulhern (West Chester Henderson) placed seventh and Mia Cochran (Moon Area) was eighth. Mulhern, racing in the third and fastest section, ran a time of 10:34.33. Cochran, in the second of the three sections, went 10:36.80.
Brown Runs Another Big PR
Guinness Brown, a Butler junior, kept up his big weekend on Saturday. In the final of the Championship 200 meters, Brown dropped another PR, running 21.73 for fifth overall in a three-heat final. That's a two tenths improvement on Brown's previous best, which was already PA#1, at 21.93.
He returns once more on Sunday for the final in the Championship 400m.
WPIAL's Finest Suffers Heartbreak In The 4x8
The all-star team from District 7, AKA the WPIAL, had some bad luck in the Championship 4x800 on Saturday. While leading at the second exchange, they dropped the baton, losing the lead and some crucial seconds. The team still battled back well and took an impressive second place in 7:53.83, about two seconds off the win. IMG Elite claimed the win in 7:51.92
Twin Valley took sixth place in 8:08.44.
Price-Whitehead 5th In The Long Jump; Medalists In The High Jump
Jaden Price-Whitehead placed fifth in the Championship long jump, He came in as a top seed, but ultimately it was Leonard Mustari of Florida that picked up the win with a leap of 24-5.75. Price-Whitehead's best jump was 22-11.25.
Plenty Of Semifinal Qualifiers In the 60m/60mH
A number of PA athletes qualified for the semifinals of the Championship 60m dash and Championship 60m hurdles. Here they are:
- Allen Taylor: 8.03 in the prelims of the 60m hurdles; No. 4 qualifier
- Annie Lemelin (9.08), Kayli Williams (9.20), and Tia Taylor (9.32): Onto the semis of the 60m hurdles.
- Avery Lewis: 7.55 in the prelims of the 60m dash; No. 5 qualifier.