Quick Notes: Our Biggest Stars Heading Into NBNI

Sprints / Hurds

  • Mario Heslop was an All-American in the 60m and 200m dashes last year with two fifth place finishes. He currently ranks US#3 in the 55m dash, 7th including 60m conversions, and is tied for US#2 in the 200m thanks to his 21.11 to win Eastern States. With strong performances Heslop could very well nab himself a National title this weekend. He's the top returner in the 60m dash from last year's meet. 
  • Heslop holds the 200m indoor state record at 21.09 from Easterns last season and is tied for the 55m dash record at 6.26 with Damiere Byrd (2011). Keep an eye out to see if he takes sole possession this weekend. 
  • Kaira Brown of Kent Place, the NJSIAA Meet of Champions winner in the 400m, Victoria Vanriele of Governor Livingston, and Rebecca Ochan are entered into the 400m Championship. 
  • Vanriele, 55.49, and Brown, 55.79, both rank in the US top 25. You'll also see Vanriele battling for a top spot in the 800m. 

  • Sincere Rhea is the US#2 ranked hurdler entering the meet, won his second straight Meet of Champions in the 55H and took home the Eastern States title at 7.20. During New Balance Nationals Outdoor he was fourth in the 110m hurdle finals. 
  • Grace O'Shea of Ramapo enters the 60m hurdles Championship ranked second in the US with her 7.75 55m hurdles run from Eastern States. Expect a big run here. 
  • Union Catholic girls and St. Benedict's Prep boys are in the heat of it for the 4x400m and have solid shots at All-American status. Their SMR teams could also make a successful run, talk about deep teams. 
  • The Shuttle Hurdles are once again strong for NJ. We had three boys squads achieve All-American and one girls last year indoors. This year for the boys Deptford and Rahway will be right in the mix for the top spot, potential All-Americans status for St. Benedict's, South Brunswick, Nottingham, and more. The girls side sees Union Catholic, Winslow, Paramus Catholic, Millville leading the way for NJ.