Few competitors at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championship meet, if any, took on a schedule as busy as that of Bullis’s Shaniya Hall this weekend in Greensboro, N.C.
Hall took the stage on Friday to secure a victory in the freshman 400 (54.33 seconds) and a runner-up finish in the freshman long jump (17 feet 9 inches). She was only getting warmed up.
“It’s a good experience for me as a freshman,” Hall said, “so I can know how it feels and know what to do in years coming.”
Along with Masai Russell and Leah Phillips, Hall ran on all three of Bullis’s sprint relays, which pulled off a rare feat by sweeping the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 championships. Hall staged dramatic, come-from-behind victories in two of them as the anchor of the 4x200 — which crossed in 1 minute, 35.63 seconds — and the 4x400, which finished in 3:39.3.
“Before I get the baton, I try to focus, but I still have butterflies,” Hall said. “When I get the baton, I’m just focused on how I’m going to use my strategy to finish it.”
The Bulldogs’ 4x100 relay — completed by Ashley Seymour, who clocked a blistering 11.48 for sixth in the open 100 championship — crossed in a national season-best 44.88. Alexis Postell and Lauryn Harris rounded out the 4x200 and 4x400, respectively.
Lake Braddock’s Shannon Browning took the lead just over halfway through the 1,200 leg of the girls’ distance medley relay championship, and the Bruins never relinquished it as the baton went to Skyla Davidson (400 leg), Samantha Schwers (800) and Kate Murphy (1,600).
With Browning, Davidson and Murphy all graduating, the group entered the meet with the mantra “last race, fast race.” It crossed in 11:49.62 for the win.
“It’s a great feeling, going out last race as a Lake Braddock Bruin with a win,” Browning said.
A host of other locals secured all-American honors with top six finishes in championship events. Battlefield’s Lauren Hoffman, who was fourth in the 400 hurdles (59.3). Douglass’s Seasons Usual came in fourth in the discus throw (157-9). Huntingtown’s Harleigh White placed fifth in the triple jump (41-0.5).
Bullis placed second in the girls’ sprint medley relay in 1:43.43 and fifth in the Swedish relay in 2:08.12.
On the boys’ side, Poolesville’s Ryan Lockett finished third in 9:21.79 in the two-mile run. Parkdale’s Tyrone Bryan placed fourth in the 110 hurdles (13.78). Douglass’s Kollin Smith came in fourth in the long jump (24-0.25). Freedom-Woodbridge’s Igo Grimes finished sixth in the 400 in 47.19. Loudoun Valley finished second in the 4x1 mile (17:42.03). Potomac (Va.) placed fifth in the 4x100 (41.7). Lake Braddock came in third in the distance medley relay (10:20.53).
Oxon Hill placed second in the 4x110 shuttle hurdle relay (57.18); third in the sprint medley relay (3:21.31) and fifth in the 4x400 (3:13.92), 4x800 (7:42.86) and Swedish relay (1:54.18).