The high school track and field season will finally come to an end for many Connecticut track and field athletes this weekend.
A handful of athletes will compete at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina (Friday thru Sunday), while two athletes will race at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle on Saturday.
Here is the full schedule for NB Nationals, with individuals and teams competing in championship (All-American eligible) and emerging elite category.
Below is a quick break down of just some of the athletes competing this weekend in the championship category.
Danae Rivers: The Wilbur Cross junior middle distance runner broke the state record in the 800 (2:05.86) last Saturday at New Englands. She’ll be up against Hannah Parker of Coe-Brown (New Hampshire) again and other top names in the nation in Sammy Watson, Kamryn McIntosh and Sarah Walker. Is a sub 2:05 doable? If weather is favorable, yes.
When does she run: Sunday at 4:20 p.m.
Tolland relays: Find a team with more momentum and confidence than Tolland. The Eagles became the first girls’ team in state history in win the cross country, indoor and outdoor State Open titles in the same school year and then broke the state 4×800 relay record (9:06.75) at the New England Championships last weekend.
“It’s just so awesome,” said junior Caitlin Swanson, who was a member of all three teams. “We knew we had the potential and every day in practice we just pushed each other.”
This weekend Tolland will be after more. The Eagles will be well-represented in the relays, as they are listed in in the 4×1 mile, DMR and SMR. They have a good shot to break a few state records as well.
When do they run: SMR Saturday at 1:35 p.m.; 4×1 mile Sunday at 8:10 a.m.; DMR Sunday 5:20 p.m.
Windsor relays: Windsor, which finished runner-up at the State Open, is entered in multiple relays, including SMR, SMR Swedish, 4×2 and 4×1. The Warriors are coming off a strong New Englands where they placed second in the 4×4. They could challenge for state records as well.
Others: Haley Hasty of Rockville, who will run for UConn this fall, and Mercy sophomore Bridgid Selfors will run Friday evening in the 5,000. Danbury and Bloomfield will be featured in multiple relays and Hillhouse’s Jaliyah White will compete in the 400 meter hurdles on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. as she hopes to crack 60 seconds and reset her own state record.The Coginchaug and Glastonbury girls will both be running the 4×8.
Eric van der Els: The junior from Brien McMahon ran his first 5,000 meter race last indoor season at nationals. He placed fourth. Van der Els will look to gain All-American status in outdoor as he’ll run the event again. He’s coming off a 3,200 win at New Englands.
When does he run: Friday 9:50 p.m.
Army Noonan: The junior from Darien is signed up in the 2 mile and 5,000 meter. He finished second last weekend in the 3,200 at New Englands.
When does he run: Friday, 5000; Saturday 2 mile 7 p.m.
Eric Waterman: Waterman is entered in the 2,000 meter steeplechase. The senior from Danbury could place high as he’s pretty familiar with the event.
When does he run: Saturday, 1:10 p.m.
4×1 mile: Ridgefield and Danbury both are entered in the 4×1 mile. Two excellent distance schools that have a great shot at All-American status.
When do they run: Sunday, 8:40 a.m.
4×1: Danbury, Bloomfield and Windsor are all listed to compete and vying for a top 8 finish to advance to the finals. Windsor is coming off a victory at New Englands where they ran 42.21. The state record is owned by Windsor of 41:40, set in 2013 at nationals. Danbury, Windsor and Hillhouse are all listed in the 4×2 as well.
When do they run: 4×1, Saturday 6:15 p.m.
Pole vault: State Open champ Chris Rough of Westhill and New England champ Joe Fogarasi of Windham both will be gunning for All-American status and the state record of 16-03.50.
When do they vault: Sunday, 9 a.m.
Other relays: Windsor (4×4), Danbury (4×8), Darien (DMR) and Weston (800 SMR) will also be represented throughout the three days.
Wilton’s Spencer Brown and Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi both made the trip out west in search of a fast race.
Brown, a senior, will run the 800. He enters with a seed time of 1:50.9, the fourth fastest.
DeBalsi finished second in the 2 mile at Brooks last year where she ran 9:55.05. Her times aren’t as fast this year and she’s not favored to win. But with the pressure off and a stacked field, including NXN XC champ Allie Ostrander, and Foot Locker XC champion Anna Rohrer, DeBalsi could pull off a fast time.
When do they run: Saturday. DeBalsi (4:30 p.m. eastern); Brown (5:55 p.m. eastern)