Many HepsNation members of the Class of 2019 are making a name for themselves before they ever step foot on an Ivy campus. This past weekend, many of them finished up their high school careers at some national-tier, high intensity competitions – the New Balance Outdoor National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. and the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, Wash.
Princeton-bound Adam Kelly (right) claimed his first outdoor national championship title this weekend in the hammer throw with a toss of 241-07, besting his competition by 5 feet. Kelly also won the New Balance Indoor National Championships title for the 25-lb weight throw twice (2014, 2015). Kelly is the latest Rhode Island weight/hammer thrower to join the Princeton ranks, as Josh McCaughey (Princeton ’04) is the only man to date who has swept all eight of the weight throw and hammer throw titles at a Heps Championships (Kelly has since bested all of McCaughey’s state high school records).
Kelly will be competing against a familiar face next year from his high school competition years – Owen Russell (left). Russell, who lives in Massachusetts but attended a Rhode Island high school, also earned All-American accolades in the hammer throw with his 3rd place finish of 220-09. Russell will be attending school a little closer to home as he has signed on with the Brown Bears. Russell also finished 3rd in the 25-lb weight throw at the 2015 New Balance Indoor National Championships. Carleen Jeffers, who is also heading to Brown in the fall, ran her first 5000m race of the season and it resulted in the 7th fastest time in the country. She finished 4th in the event at the Outdoor Championships with a time of 16:58.19.
Brown had another top recruit race well over the weekend. Eli Moskowitz was invited for the Brooks PR mile as he has one of the fastest times in the nation for the 1600m (4:09.6 – equivalent to a 4:11.3 mile). He finished 8th in the competitive mile with a time of 4:13.68.
Harvard has three All-Americans joining their team next year. Texan Myles Marshall recorded his best finish at the NBON in the 800m with his 1:48.86 time in the finals (#3 among the high school ranks for the year). He was the runner up in this event last year (with a time of 1:48.43 – his all-time personal best) and is the reigning World Youth Olympics 800m Champion. Joining him is Erin Dietz, who ran a personal best of 16:38.17 in the 5000m to finish in 2nd place. The time is the fourth fastest of the year among the high school girls rankings. She previously earned All-American status in this same event last year (4th place – 16:47.34). The Crimson also gains an All-American hurdler, as Jon Tollefson finished 4th in the 110m hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.66. The Minnesotan has previously run 13.92 earlier this year into a slight headwind, making it his fastest wind-legal time.
Some of these athletes will continue their outdoor season as they participate in the USATF Junior National Championships later this week. Otherwise, we will see them on the track come the fall.
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