Oak Park's Carl Heinz and Woodstock's Kayla Beattie each took second place in their events during the New Balance Nationals held June 17-18 at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro.Oak Park's Carl Heinz and Woodstock's Kayla Beattie.
Heinz, who won the Class 3A state title in high jump with a height of 6-10, finished in a three-way tie with Justin Fondren (Oxford, Miss.) and Alexander Brown (Beacon, N.Y.), all clearing 6-9.75. Fondren won the title based on the fewest misses at the lower heights on the day of the finals.
I was just happy that I was the state champ and I figured that I had nothing to lose, Heinz said.
Similar to the state meet, Heinz racked up two misses at the 6-5 height. And in similar fashion, he settled down after that.
I felt like I broke the regular meet standard, where everyone is focused, he said. I went in there joking around (with the other guys in the event).
A lot of laughs helped me kind of relax. It didn't feel like a meet at all.
After the event, Heinz struck up a quick friendship with Fondren, who had scouted him before the meet. Fondren, who jumped 7-0 as a freshman, was the top high jumper in the country this past season. He had a high mark of 7-2.25 during the year.
Heinz has set his sights on the the 7-3.5 state record next season.
Woodstock's Kayla Beattie, who set state records in the 1600 and 3200 meters at this year's state meet, finished second in the two mile race. She crossed the line in 10:05.61, a little more than 10 seconds behind champion Aisling Cuffe (Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.).
Cuffe (9:54.22) was the Gatorade National Girls Cross-Country runner of the year. She won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships earlier this fall, an event in which Beattie also competed, finishing 12th.
Full results from the event can be found online.