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Nike Indoor - the first 10 years - 1999 to 2008

From Casey Combest's rocket 60 in the inaugural meet to Fantastic Francena's incredible 51.93, Nike Indoor has been the home of US records and other sensational performances. DyeStat has been present from the beginning.
the first 9 years | Year 10

text by David Mitchell; photos by John Dye, Vic Sailer and Conrad Haber

2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 |

2007 Nike Indoor Nationals in Landover, MD
Boys set 5 MR; Girls set 10 MR! Both totals include the newly added 5000m Run

Alex Kosinski (CA)
runs away from a loaded Girls’ Mile field to set a new MR in 4:45.18.

Blazin’ Raiders Girls
(Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, MD) set 3 MR in relays along with 2 other 2nd place relay finishes in the most dominant display of relay quality, depth and range this meet has ever seen. Their MR’s came in the Distance Medley Relay (11:48.68), the 4x400 (3:45.02) and the 4x800 in 9:07.31 (Note:The Blazin’ Raider Boys also won the 4x800.) They finished 2nd in both the 4x200 (1:39.86) and in the Sprint Medley Relay (4:01.70).
Chanelle Price (PA)
smashed the 800 MR by over 2 seconds by racing to 2:07.43 and was instrumental in breaking the Sprint Medley Relay MR (3:56.46) by over 3 seconds along with her Easton, PA teammates.
Jacquelyn Coward (TN), who would break the US 60H record in 2008 at Simplot, first equaled the MR in the semi-final with 8.36. She then left no doubt in the final by blasting a new MR 8.28 for the win.
Other 2007 highlights:

Wayne Davis II (NC) - Sophomore Class Record---Boys’ 60mHH---7.83. Davis broke the class record first in the semi with 7.86 and lowered again in the final where he placed third behind Johnny Dutch (NC) 7.73 and Brendan Ames (WY) 7.78.

Jamesha Youngblood (CA) set a new Girls’ TJ MR (42-02.75).

Ryann Krais (PA) earned a new MR in the Girls’ Pentathlon with her 3715 score.

Aurora Scott (VA) established the MR in the new-to-NIN 5k event where she won by an astounding 43 second margin at 16:53.55. Scott returned the next day to finish 4th in the 2 Mile as well (10:34.60).

Maston Wallace flew to a new MR 17-05 in the Boys’ Pole Vault and thrills the crowd with some very close NR attempts.

Track Eastern Carolina (New Bern, NC) broke the MR in the Sprint Medley at 3:28.39 with all underclassmen.

Jason Witt (VA) established the NIN 5k record at 15:05.29.

Axel Mostrag (VA) a native of Poland came roaring from way behind in the last 150m to overtake front-running Chris Bilbrew (AL) by only .02—1:51.63 to 1:51.65 as both were under the old MR.

Sean Holston (VA) took down the MR in the boys’ 400 (47.12) and came back about 15 minutes later to win the 200 (21.53)---putting him in the company of LaShawn Merritt as the only two to win that tough double.

Bethel (VA) contributes to the long-sprint dominance by Virginians by winning the 4x200 and 4x400 Relays.

Wayne HS (Huber Heights, OH) captures its third consecutive 4x55m Shuttle Hurdle Relay title which is also the school’s 5th in the 7 years the event has been contested.

Terry Prentice (CA) won the Boys’ LJ in 23-10.75 and the Pentathlon with 3966---the second highest score in meet history.

Twin brothers Roberto and Ricardo Vergara (TX) finish 1st and 2nd in the Mile Race Walk for the second consecutive year after finishing 2nd and 4th respectively as 9th graders.

Victoria Jordan (TX) achieved a rare sprint double as she won the 60 (7.33) and the 200 (24.26).

Kamorean Hayes (NC) won her 3rd consecutive NIN Shot Put title (52-06.5) after finishing 2nd as a 9th grader. Hayes graduates as the most dominant 4-year individual performer in a single event in meet history. The only way to beat her streak would be to win 4 straight titles in the same event.

2006 Nike Indoor Nationals in Landover, MD
Fantastic Francena - 51.93!
Francena McCorory National Record----Girls’ 400m
(also Senior Class and MR)
Francena McCorory (VA)

This was a classic “Where were you when….” moment in high school track history as McCorory did the unthinkable and broke a sprint record on a flat track.

McCorory also helped her Bethel teammates take down the MR in the 4x200 Relay with their 1:39.52 as they successfully defended their NIN title.


Other 2006 highlights:

Boys set 4 MR; Girls set 3 MR.

Walter Henning (NY) - Junior Class Record---Boys’ Weight Throw-83-02.5---Henning broke his own class record in winning the event by over 7 feet!

Nia Ali (NJ) equaled the Girls’ 60mHH MR set back in ’99 by future Canadian Olympian Perdita Felicien with her 8.36.

Karjuan Williams, now living in NC after being displaced from his LA home by Hurricane Katrina, successfully defended his NIN 800m title and this time beat the MR with his 1:52.56 performance. Williams also anchored the winning New Bern, NC team in the Sprint Medley Relay that finished only .17 away from the MR.

Fayetteville Track (Manlius, NY) -- As a follow-up to their record-breaking cross country season, the Stotans demolished the MR in the Boys’ 4xMile Relay---breaking it by 13.7 seconds with 17:33.28.

Scott Roth (CA) set the MR in the PV with his 17-04.25 clearance in a very deep competition that feature six vaulters making it over 16-00 and the top 3 all clearing 17-00 or higher.

David Klech (CA) broke the Pentathlon MR by 78 points with his 3980 while wearing colorful tall socks.

Kinetic RC (Saratoga, NY) won their 4th straight Girls’ 4xMile Relay championship.

Kamorean Hayes (NC) won her second straight Girls’ Shot Put gold medal with her 50-08 toss----over 4’ farther than 2nd place.

Blazin’ Raiders (Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, MD) dominated the relays on their hometown track winning the 4x400 (3:54.31), the 4x800 (9:14.82), and the Sprint Medley Relay (4:05.50) along with a strong second place showing in the Distance Medley Relay (12:07.34).

Nike Indoor Nationals (note the name change) at Landover, MD

The thrills kept coming - 2 national records (Mary Saxer 14-2 PV, Saratoga NY girls 19:59.24 4-mile relay) - Ken Cormier's late charges - Sarah Bowman's wire to wire runs - Bumby's mile - LJ/60m double by Sarah Matthews - great hurdlers Kira Robinson and Jared Huske - blazing sprinters J-Mee Samuels, Trindon Holliday, Justin Oliver, Bianca Knight, Sade Williams - Ryan Whiting's clutch throw - the great team from Cinco Ranch Katy TX.

National records set by Mary Saxer and Kinetic RC (Saratoga NY)
Mary Saxer (NY) -- National Record -- Girls’ PV --14-02
(also Senior Class Record and MR) . Saxer entered the meet with the Sr. Class and National Records but proceeded to beat them twice---first with 14-0.5 and then 14-02, much to the delight of a very supportive crowd.

Kinetic RC (Saratoga, NY) -- National Record---Girls’ 4xMile Relay---19:59.24--- This was the third straight win for Saratoga/Kinetic in this relay as they broke their own MR and NR by being the first team ever to dip under the 20 minute barrier with their stellar 19:54.24, which still stands as the national record and no other team has broken 20 minutes. The team members were Karyn Delay, Lindsey Ferguson, Caitlin Lane and Nicole Blood. Kinetic also won the 4x800 Relay in 9:20.34.

Other 2005 highlights:

Channel CN8, an east coast Comcast affiliate, broadcasted the meet on TV into over 6 million homes as well as over the internet.
Boys and Girls each set only 2 meet records as the quality of the records improved over time making it increasingly difficult and increasingly more significant to break one.

Kamorean Hayes (NC) -- Sophomore Class Record---Girls’ Shot Put---. Hayes also broke this record twice with 47-09 and then with 48-11 for the win after finishing 2nd in ’04.

Johnny Dutch (NC) -- Sophomore Class Record---Boys’ 60mHH and Boys’ 55mHH (FAT used to take times en route)---. In the semi-final, Dutch was clocked at 7.33 for 55mHH and at 7.90 for 60mHH---both class records. In the final Dutch ran 7.32 for 55mHH (lowering the record) and 7.91 for 60mHH (leaving his previous 7.90 as the class record). Dutch finished 5th overall in a hotly contested final that was won by Jared Huske (KS) at 7.78 =#9 All-Time.

J-Mee Samuels set a new meet record in the Boys’ 200 (21.22) using his narrow loss to Trindon Holliday (LA) (6.64 #4 All-Time) in the 60m (Samuels 6.70 #8 All-
Time) as motivation to make something big happen in the 200. It worked!

Dennis Boone (VA) came up huge on his final attempt in the Boys’ LJ with a MR leap of 24-07.75 right after George Fields (SC) took the lead from him with 24-1.5 on his final attempt.

Sarah Matthew (CO) was a double winner in the Girls’ LJ (19-6.25) and in the 60m (7.45). Finishing a quiet second place in the 60m was Francena McCorory (VA) who would move up to the 400 and make history in ’06.

Sophomore Bianca Knight (MS) won the Girls’ 200 (24.05 #9 All-Time). Knight would go on to break the National Record in the 200 (22.97) as a senior.

Tara Cooper (OH) unleashed a huge PR 56-02 on her final toss in the Girls’ Weight Throw to become the USL and #6 All-Time.

Katy Hayes (WI) -- Now a senior, the Junior Class Record Holder won her second consecutive Mile Race Walk title (7:28.04).

Geena Gall (MI) captured her second straight Girls’ 800 victory (2:10.62) over Sarah Bowman (TN) at 2:10.75. Bowman had already won her second straight NIN Mile title in USL time (4:46.79).

Karjuan Williams (LA) won the 800 in 1:52.79---only .04 above the MR.

Daniel Kinsey (OH) wins the Pentathlon with 3736 in the deepest competition in meet history as the top 6 finishers all rank in the meet’s all time top 10.

Scott Sellers (TX) earned back to back victories in the Boys’ HJ (7-02.5) after setting the MR, Junior Class, and National Records at 7-05.25 last year.

John Freeman -- Following in the footsteps of his brother Michael (’04 Weight Throw winner 74-11.75), John won the Weight Throw this year in 72-7.75.

Andrew Perkins (WI) won the Freshman Boys’ Mile in 4:23.39 to follow up his Freshman Class Record 4:21.20 earlier in the season. Perkins, now a senior, has run 1:50.17 outdoors and is among the top NIN seeds in the 800m in 2008.

Christopher Diaz (TX) -- won the Boys’ Mile Race Walk in USL time (6:47.05) as freshman twins Roberto and Ricardo Vergara (TX) finish 2nd and 4th respectively---starting off their NIN medal stand streak.

2004 - Boys set 3 MR; Girls set 2 MR
2004 Nike Indoor Championships at Landover, MD

Kinetic RC (Saratoga NY) 20:08.72 USR and MR
Katelyn Kaltenbach 4:45.32 MR
Scott Sellers 7-5.25 USR

Texas high jumper breaks 26-year-old national record. It was also a Jr. Class Record and MR.
 Girls 4-Mile Relay -- Announcer Ian Brooks gets a laugh out of Kinetic girls, whose time of 20:08.72 set national and meet records that they would break the following year. In that same race, the Kinetic RC “B” Team finished 2nd 20:48.30 in an unprecedented display of distance depth. Nicole Blood had the fastest Saratoga split (4:52.0) in the 4xMile Relay. Kinetic also won the Distance Medley Relay (12:03.38) without Blood. In a blistering race that had the top 7 finishers at 4:57.69 and under, both Kaltenbach (CO) and Nicole Blood (NY) broke the old MR. Blood's runner up time of 4:46.13 was a new Sophomore Class US Record.

Other 2004 highlights:

Future Olympian (for Puerto Rico) Carol Rodriguez (CA) wins the 200 (24.22) and finishes 3rd in the 60m (7.42) behind winner and National Record Holder Ashley Owens (CO) at 7.32 and Amberley Nesbitt (SC) also at 7.46.

Erica McLain (TX) won her 2nd consecutive TJ title in 41-06.5---just 2” behind her own MR. McLain also won silver in the LJ (19-02.5) behind Gayle Hunter (CA) at 19-10.75.

Felipe Reyes (NY) jumped to a new MR in the Boys’ LJ at 24-01.75 closing out a seesaw battle that saw 3 different jumpers lead at some point during the finals.

Westside HS (Anderson, SC) glided to a MR in the 4x55m Shuttle Hurdle Relay with 29.45 becoming the first team in meet history to run under 30-flat.

LaShawn Merritt (VA) burst into national prominence with his historic 400 (47.88)/200 (21.73) double win with only about 15 minutes recovery time in between the races.

Jeremy Jackson (TX) outleaned fellow Texan Jason Richardson to win the 60mHH 7.821 to 7.825. Ted Ginn, Jr. (OH) finished a close 3rd in 7.86.

Usually toiling in anonymity, the NIN finish line officials had their moment to shine in the Boys’ 4x800 Relay. The anchormen from Carmel HS (IN) and Maggie Walker Governors School (VA) dove/stumbled to a thrilling finish with Carmel winning 7:54.20 to 7:54.27. As the exhausted anchors remained prone on the track, the quick-thinking officials stepped onto the track to shield them from the unknowing and hard-charging anchor runners of the other teams. Potentially serious injuries to both the fallen runners and the incoming anchormen were averted and the crowd gave the officials an appreciative ovation for their selfless efforts on behalf of the athletes.

2003 - Boys set 5 MR; Girls set 6 MR
2003 Nike Indoor Championships (Note the name change) in Landover, MD

USR by Michelle Carter and a near miss by Tommy Skipper

Michelle Carter 54-9.5 USR on last throw.
Michelle Carter
Tommy Skipper 17-3.75 PV
Tommy Skipper
National Record----Girls’ Shot Put (also Senior Class Record and MR)—Michelle Carter (TX) daughter of HS Outdoor National Record Holder (81-3.5 in 1979) Michael Carter carried on the family tradition by launching the shot 54-09.5 on the final throw of the competition and on the final throw of her indoor career to extend the National Record she set on her third throw (53-11.25). Second place was over 7’ behind Carter’s best toss. Tommy Skipper was on his way to a national record in pole vault when his pole snapped, breaking his left thumb. His prior clearance of 17-3.75 was good for gold.

Other 2003 highlights:

Junior Class Record----Boys’ Mile Race Walk---Zachary Pollinger (NJ) 6:17.96. Pollinger already owned the Freshman Class Record at 7:08.55---What a huge improvement from 9th to 11th grade!

Erica McLain (TX) bounded to a MR (41-8.5) in the TJ and finished third in the LJ as well (18-10).

Marshevet Hooker (TX) leapt to a MR (20-06.5) in the LJ on her first attempt in the final. All three of her attempts in the final were good enough to win. Hooker also won the 60m (7.33).

Russian native Katya Kostetskaya (AR) went out hard and never looked back in the 800, winning in a MR (2:09.53) by nearly 3 full seconds over second place.

Rockford (MI) earned two relay wins and a second place relay finish as well. They broke the MR in the Distance Medley Relay (11:56.87), won the 4x800 (9:15.23), and brought home silver medals from the 4xMile Relay (21:04.91).

Freshman Nicole Blood (NY) won her first of many relay/individual national titles in the 4xMile (20:24.37) along with her Saratoga teammates. Blood got her second title in the 2 Mile (10:27.61).

Tiandra Ponteen (MD) successfully defended her 400m title (55.00) and was a part of the champion 4x400 Relay (3:50.59) and the winning Sprint Medley Relay (4:03.74) with her Eleanor Roosevelt HS teammates.

On the boys’ side, Vineland (NJ) led NJ domination of the sprint relays. Vineland set a new MR in the Sprint Medley Relay (3:29.46) and won the 4x400 Relay over Winslow Twp. (NJ) 3:19.21 to 3:22.13. Not to be outdone, Trenton Central picked up a pair of relay wins as well—4x200 (1:30.10) and 4x55m Shuttle Hurdle Relay (30.27—just .07 shy of the MR).

Michael Morrison (NJ) rewrote a pair of jumps meet records all by himself. Morrison won the LJ in MR (24-00.75). In the HJ, Morrison and sophomore Scott Sellers (TX) both broke the existing MR. Sellers finished second at 7-00.5 and Morrison cleared 7-04.25 to break the MR by a full 4”.

The Boys’ 4x800m Relay was a cooker with 2nd place Deering (ME) finishing under the old MR with 7:54.83 and winners West Springfield (VA) establishing a new mark with their 7:50.25. West Springfield also won the DMR in 10:22.15.

Sophomore sprint sensation J-Mee Samuels (NC) won the 200 (21.76) and finished an eyelash behind Mark Jelks (IN) (6.73 to 6.74). Samuels also picked up a relay silver medal in the Sprint Medley Relay with his Mt. Tabor team (3:31.90). Future World Championship Medalist Wallace Spearmon, Jr. (AR) finished a distant 5th in the 200 at 22.70.


2002 Nike Indoor Classic in Landover, MD
Boys set 5 MR; Girls set 9 MR including Frosh Mile which was a new event for both.

Girls Pentathlon - Twins Diana Pickler (TX) and Julie Pickler (TX) were side by side in the closing 800 meters. Both broke the old MR by scoring 3641 and 3640.
Boys Freshman Mile - Jeff See OH 4:22.62 got a
freshman class record when he edged Andy
Bilodeau FL in a torrid stretch duel.

Sr. Class Record/MR---Girls' Weight Throw---Kristen Michalski (RI) 60-8.75 (Note: NR was set by a jr.)


2001 Nike Indoor Classic in Landover, MD
Boys set 10 MR; Girls set 7 MR

Alan Webb's 8:45.19 Boys' 2 Mile was one of the meet records. Webb's time is still US #3 all time. Rockford MI girls double in 4-mile and distance medley relays

National Record---Girls' 4x55m Shuttle Hurdle Relay (an infrequently contested event on the national level at that point)---Palm Beach Lakes (FL) 32.02
Sr. Class Record/MR----Girls' PV----Samantha Shepard (MA) 12-10.25

Benjamin Shorey (ME) also smashed the Boys' Mile Walk MR by over 33 seconds! It remains the largest record-breaking margin in meet history.


2000 Nike Indoor Classic @ Indiana University
Boys set 11 new MR; Girls set 13 including the 4xMile which was a new event for both;
5 new national class records.

Rickey Harris (VA) 7.62 60H in semi (7.78 in prelim and 7.81 in final) was a national senior class record. Rickey also finished 2nd in 400m

National Record 4xMile Relay (an infrequently contested event on the national level at that point) Rockford, MI 20:23.24
Soph. Class Record/MR--Boys' Shot Put----Kevin Bookout (OK) 65-07.75
Jr. Class Record/MR---Boys' 2 Mile---Dathan Ritzenhein (MI)---8:52.94
Jr. Class Record/MR---Girls' Pentathlon---Lauren Reimer (TX) 3589
Jr. Class Record/MR---Girls' PV---Emily Tharpe (PA) 12-04.75
Jr. Class Record/MR---Girls' 400---Lashinda Demus (CA) 53.85


1999 Nike Indoor Classic @ The Ohio State University--first year of the meet!

Casey Combest 6.57!
New national 60m record was faster than the NCAA champion the same weekend.

National Record/Sr. Class Record--- Boys' 60m Casey Combest (KY)=6.62 in Semi then blasted it with 6.57 in final
North American Record Boys' Weight Throw---Dylan Armstrong of Canada 87-05 ---Hit in the air and exploded a barrier (set around 85') with an earlier throw. The barriers were moved back for the remainder of the competition.
Jr. Class Record---Boys' 60mHH---Rickey Harris (VA) 7.74 which was #4 A-T.
Soph. Class Record---Girls' 60m---Alexis Joyce (CO) 7.29
Other highlights:
Girls' 60mH--Won by future Canadian Olympian Perdita Felicien 8.36; 2nd Sheena Johnson (VA) 8.42 US #5 A-T; 3rd Jerkita McClorin (FL) 8.46 #7 A-T
Long Beach Wilson (CA) Girls had 3 A-T Top 10 and USL Relays---4x200 1:40.04 =10; 4x400 3:45.35 #6; SMR 4:01.61 #5

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