Nike Indoor Nationals
Mar 12-13, 2005 at PG County Sportsplex, Landover MD
a DyeStat Featured Meet


NIN Sprinters/Hurdlers were very quick - Distance stars - Clutch throw wins gold for Ryan Whiting -

Mary Saxer raises pole vault
national record two more times!

Lancaster NY sr Mary Saxer, the only female high school vaulter ever to clear 14 feet, did it two more times at Nike Indoor Nationals, ending at 14-2 USR. Saxer was determined to prove that her Dartmouth jump in January was no fluke, having followed that with several wins at more earthly levels. "I knew I could do it, but I wanted to prove it," Saxer said after thrilling a capacity crowd with her high wire act. "I think I can go higher, but for now I am very happy." Her coach, Rick Suhr, thinks Saxer has the ability to go high 14, maybe even 15 feet before she graduates. "It all depends on getting good weather and good runways," Suhr said. And these things are not in great supply in the Buffalo area in the spring.

  • B 4x400 - Da Stable (C.H. Flowers MD) 3:22.95, just catching Camden NJ at the tape in a rousing finish to the meet.
  • G 4x400 - Rancho Cucamonga CA 3:53.78 pulled away to win easily on Sade Williams' 54.9 anchor leg,.
  • Ryan Whiting, the leading shot putter in the nation all year, pulled it out on his last throw. The last round started with Whiting third in a group of four boys under 62 feet. On the next to last throw of the competition, John Hickey NY appeared to win it with a throw of 62-8. But Whiting calmly stepped in the ring and heaved the ball 65-1 to win.
  • Kinetic RC (Saratoga NY) takes 4x800 9:20.34
  • Cinco Ranch Katy TX wins 4x200 in 1:29.76 as anchor Quieto Teasley catches West Charlotte 1:31.23 in the home stretch. Ridge View TC 1:30.38 and Deep Creek VA 1:30.92 won earlier sections to place ahead of West Charlotte.
  • Bethel VA 1:40.59 comes from behind to win 4x200 on a brilliant 23.4 anchor by Francena McCorory.
  • Scott Sellers Katy, TX takes the high jump 7-02.50
  • Dennis Boone Chester, VA wins the long jump 24-07.75
  • Foot Locker champion Kenneth Cormier of Douglas, AZ comes from far behind to win 2 mile in 9:11.33, catching Steve Murdock NY 9:11.40 in the very last stride.
  • Kate Niehaus Columbia, SC takes the Girls 2 Mile 10:31.87
  • J-Mee Samuels Winston-Salem, NC 21.22 wins 200
  • Bianca Knight Ridgeland, MS wins 200 24.05
  • Karjuan Williams, River Ridge, LA wins 800 in 1:52.79
  • Geena Gall Flint, MI 2:10.62 wins 800, holding off Sarah Bowman 90 minutes after Bowman's win in the mile.
  • Justin Oliver Stone Mountain, GA Boys 400 47.90
  • Sade Williams, Alta Loma, CA Girls 400 55.47
  • Trindon Holliday Zachary, LA wins 60 in 6.64
  • Sarah Matthew Longmont, CO wins girls 60 7.45
  • Erin Hannon Bradford, PA wins high jump 5-08.75
  • Andrew Bumbalough Brentwood, TN takes the Boys Mile 4:12.60
  • Sarah Bowman Warrenton, VA goes wire to wire to beat Nicole Blood to in Girls Mile in 4:46.79
  • Andrew Perkins Juneau, WI wins Freshman Mile 4:23.39
  • Lindsay Anderson Leeds, ND wins Freshman Mile, 5:03.08
  • Westfield Spring TX soph Nichole Jones 2:11.96 put up a fast time in the "slow" morning section of 800 meters. She chose the early section so she could run the seeded 2-mile in the afternoon.

photo by Vic Sailer / PhotoRun

NIN sprinters/hurdles were very quick
Conventional wisdom in comparing the duelling national indoor championships is that NSIC has the best sprinters (to take advantage of the banked Mondo surface at the New York Armory) and Nike Indoor has the best distance runners. This year, however, Nike Indoor had better blazers up through 200 meters, with four performers hitting the US top 10 all time. J-Mee Samuels' 21.22 200m was not only faster than the NSIC winner this year, but it was US#5 all time, and the four ahead of J-Mee all ran on banked tracks.
Jared Huske KS
7.78 US#9 all time

photo by John Dye
J-Mee Samuels NC
21.22 US#5 all time

photo by John Dye
Trindon Holliday LA
6.64 US#4 all time

photo by Vic Sailer / PhotoRun
Kira Robinson CO
8.37 US#6 all time

photo by Vic Sailer / PhotoRun
Bianca Knight MS

photo by Vic Sailer / PhotoRun
Sarah Matthews CO

photo by John Dye


Distance Stars
Karjuan Williams LA 1:52.79
Lost lead to E.C. Gibbs on lap 3, but charged back to win.

Andrew Bumbalough TN 4:12.60
Takes lead midway and holds off late charging Ken Cormier
Ken Cormier AZ 9:11.33
Foot Locker champ goes from 3rd to first on last lap, winning in the last stride
Geena Gall MI 2:10.62
Defending champion took lead on lap 3 and then fought off countersurge by Sarah Bowman 2:10.75. Bowman was bidding for a double 90 minutes after winning the mile.

Sarah Bowman VA 4:46.79
Wire to wire is her style -- it works this time over Nicole Blood


photos by John Dye

Kate Niehaus SC 10:31.87
Wins furious stretch duel over Krista Anderson ND as bigger names fade.


Clutch throw wins gold
for Ryan Whiting PA
The nation's dominant shot putter this year pulled out victory on a clutch throw after languishing sub-62 (6 feet less than his US#1 effort) through five rounds at the Nike Indoor Nationals. Brian Cortina NJ 62-2.5 moved in front in round 4, with Whiting dropping to third. In round 6, Custer SD sr Eric Flores appeared to have won when he reached 62-8. But Whiting calmly stepped into the ring and cranked out a winning heave of 65-1.25 (right).


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