2012 NBNi Recap- What a Meet!

by Jim Spier

It sounds like old news, but this year's meet may have been the best ever. A full listing of national and class records, US#1s and All-Time rankings can be found here.

Not only were two national records attained, but there were nation-leading performances in a majority of the events.   For many individual and relay events, there may have never been a better meet.


For the boys it was Chariho (Wood River Junction, RI), clearly not the favorite, dipping under the old NR by a little over a second, running 17:20.20.  Right behind them was Shaker (Latham, NY) in 17:21.56, also under the old NR.  Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, MI) "demolished" to old National Record in the 5000 meters, running 16:19.69 and breaking the prior record by almost 16 seconds.  Haley Pierce (Tatnall, Wilmington, DE) was also under the old record, running 16:31.86.  Finn got the Junior Class record and Pierce the Senior Class record.

Speaking of class records, there were six others.  Michael Cherry (Oscar Smith, Chesapeake, VA) ran 46.88 for third (!) in the 400m to get the Junior class record, Ben Malone (Pascack Valley, Hillsdale, NJ) ran #2 all-time in the 800 (1:49.94), also for the Junior class record, and Kenneth Brinson (Marist, Atlanta, GA), in winning the Emerging Elite Weight Throw, got the Freshman class record with a throw of 64-4.

Dior Hall, the spectacular sophomore from Science and Tech HS, Denver, CO, set that class record in the 60m Hurdles (8.19) and the 55m Hurdles record en-route at 7.61. (Her mother is Yolanda Johnson who is still #2 all-time in the 55m hurdles, running 7.55 in 1986.  Her daughter is now #3 all-time). 

The other class record belongs to junior Carla Forbes (Waltham, MA) who triple jumped 42-5.25.

Speaking of famous parents:  Sydney Conley (Fayetteville, AR), daughter of Olympian Michael Conley, won the long jump on her final attempt, much like her father had done many times in his storied career!

There were 16 US Leaders on the boys' side and 24 on the girls' side.  Counting Emerging Elite and Freshman events, the 16 Meet Records for the boys and 16 for the girls. And there were 5 Armory records set for the boys and 7 for the girls.

If one takes a look at the all-time best by place for the meet (places 1 through 8), some events were almost entirely rewritten.  For the girls, places 1-6 in the mile had bests, with 4:49.79 placing 6th!  The girls' 5000m places 1-8 were entirely rewritten.

For the boys, places 1-7 in the 400m were bests, with 7th place 48.28!  In the 4x800m, only first place (the national record) was safe, with places 2-8 bested, and 8th place being 7:51.57!  The 4 Mile Relay had all 8 places with bests with 8th place being 17:53.49.

What a meet!

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