Bonny Eagle junior Delaney Hesler traveled back to the Virginia Beach Sports Center for the adidas Indoor Nationals this weekend with one thing in mind, breaking eleven minutes for two miles. Competing in heat one of the championship two-mile Hesler went with the lead group from the gun as she came through the first mile in 5:26.5. Delaney battled over the next six laps clocking off laps between 42-43 seconds. With 400m to go, she started to drop the pace as she covered the penultimate lap in 40 seconds before unleashed a ferocious kick over the final 200m. Hesler ran out of track to catch the leader but her 33.83 final lap did allow her to clock a new personal best of 10:59.55, and more importantly under eleven-minute barrier for the first time. She joins exclusive company in Maine with her effort moving to eighth-fastest all-time in Maine indoor history.
"I was grateful to have the opportunity to race again, sub 11 was the goal going into it and after a few slower laps I knew I really had to dig to get it. I was both surprised and overjoyed to have been able to run a 33-second last lap, it gives me a lot of confidence and excitement to hopefully compete this outdoor season!" Hesler told Maine MileSplit this evening.
Day two at adidas Indoor Nationals got underway with the championship 60m hurdle trials. Defending Class A 55m hurdle champion Jayden Flaker competed in heat two. Flaker finished third in heat two clocking the second-fastest time of his career with an 8.30. The time was good for eighteenth overall and advanced Flaker to the semifinals on Sunday where he will be looking to break the state record of 8.22.
In the open shot put Scarborough junior Nick Connolly advanced to the finals of the open shot put, in the final, he uncorked a personal best 46-6 effort to finish in sixth place.
Bonny Eagle junior Emmaline Pendleton won heat two of the open 2 mile with a strong 37.5 last lap to clock 11:40.35.
Gorham's Andrew Farr clocked a personal best 7.21 for 60m in the championship 60m trials to place 21st overall. Gorham senior Ryan Gendron cleared the opening height of six feet to finish seventh in the high jump, teammate Emma Green cleared 5-1 3/4 on her second attempt to finish sixth overall in the high jump.
Closing out the evening Alex Brent of York running for New England Elite ran the second leg in the 4x800 and split 2:21.3 to help her squad to a third-place finish in 9:28.41