* The Union Catholic Boys 4xmile team after their victory on Thursday
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PHILADELPHIA, Penn. — For the first time ever, New Balance Nationals Outdoor met in the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday.
We will have many more in the next few days. Through Saturday, Franklin Field will host the biggest national meet of the weekend by participants, and on Thursday it kicked off the marathon with an affair under the lights.
Here’s what we called it.
THURSDAY NIGHT RECAP
4xMile Boys: It was a weekend of decisions for New Jersey athletes, as they weighed their NJSIAA Meet of Champions event against the chance of winning a national title in Philadelphia. Union Catholic and CBA found themselves in the lead halfway through, indicating that their pick was about to pay off.
Myles Plummer put UC back in contention, handing over to Shane Brosnan in the lead. Brosnan split quickly, a 40m gap down the field as second Jimmy Wischusen anchored. The boys from Catholic crossed the line in 17:12.34, tying the Essex, NJ state record with none other than the legendary Marty Liquori. Interview
4xMile Girls: The girls of the Purple Track Club – otherwise known as the Ann Arbor Pioneer – performed at the Indoor National Meet in March, setting two national records. They returned Thursday after their spring campaign, and once again they were the class of the cannon field. They record an all-time performance at US No. 13 of 20:08.62. Interview.
5000m boys: When Riley Hough was passed at the 4km mark, a familiar face came out on top. Hunter Jones, a fellow Michiganman, was trying to break down the big senior Hough.
But Hough kept the pace close at hand and then he returned the favor by passing Jones on the final lap. Hough crossed the finish line in 14:21.81, a more tactical run than desired, with junior Jones right behind him in 14:22.57. Interview.
5000m girls: Over 3,000m the pace had remained steady, with a strong field of six in front, refusing to establish a leader. The laps followed one another before it was senior Carly Wilkes of Virginia who got tired of the methodical pace. Junior Jolena Quarzo recognized the move, but she was unable to respond, splitting into two entities. Wilkes won the overall effort in 16:48.10.