The New Balance National Scholastic Indoor Championships returned to New York City’s hallowed Armory for its 2014 edition and produced some very impressive marks.  Northwest runners also made their presence felt in spite of the fact that few of the region’s stalwarts were able to make the long jaunt across the nation to contest the events.  Leading the way was the performance of Alexa Efraimson of Camas, Wa., who won the Girls’ Elite Mile with a time of 4:38.46. Following were two Foot Locker stars:  Emily Paladino of W.V., who placed second with 4:43, and Kennedy Weisner of N.Y., who finished third in 4:45. The Mile for young men was claimed by Grant Fisher of Michigan, who won by over two seconds.  The Foot Locker National Champion won with a time of 4:09. Hannah Cunliffe of the Seattle Speed zipped to a stunning 7.30 in the Girls 60 Meter Dash.   It took a meet record 7.26 by Mikiah Brisco of Louisiana to defeat Hannah   Cunliffe will run for Oklahoma next year.     

Alexa Ephraimson | Photo by: Kevin Morris

     The guys 5K witnessed a battle between three Foot Locker stars with Conner Mantz of Utah earning the laurels with a time of 14:24.  Aaron Templeton of Tennessee took second with 14:43 and Elijah Armstrong of Idaho garnered third in a fine 14:48.  Armstrong, who is from Pocatello, is only a junior as is Mantz, which makes the performance all the more noteworthy.   Foot Locker alumni went one – two in the Girls’ 5K with Tessa Barrett of Pennsylvania winning in 16:11.  Barrett, the 2013 Foot Locker national champion established a new meet record and topped Stephanie Jenks of Iowa, who ran 16:37. 

    Barrett was certainly one of the stars of the meet and also scored in the Two Mile with 10:08.  Placing fifth in the event was Makena Morley of Montana, who ran 10:21.  Makena is a junior and already a three-time Foot Locker National Finalist.  Caroline Alcorta of Virginia came in a fine seventh with 10:35.  Alcorta is coached in part by Dave Watt, who is a frequent contributor of Youth Runner.  Alcorta, incidentally, anchored her West Springfield team to victory in girls’ Distance Medley Relay (11:43).  Charles Cooper of Montreal triumphed in the boys’ Two Mile with 8:59 with Templeton less than a second behind in third.

    The Boys’ 800 Meter Run went to Derek Holdsworth in 1:51.   Jordan Wallin of Boise was a solid fifth with 1:52.   Elise Cranny of Colorado annexed the gals’ version with 2:06.47 and won by over two seconds.   Not to be overlooked was the effort of Devin King, who established a new meet record in the Pole Vault by clearing 17-10.25.