From left to right: Juriad Hughes Jr, Abbey Nechanicky, and Noah Breker
It was a whirlwind of a weekend for track and field across the country with New Balance Nationals Indoor, Nike Indoor Nationals, the NCAA Indoor Championships, and in Minnesota, the USATF Minnesota Indoor Championships. In the high school meets for our Minnesota athletes, several of the states best rewrote the record book in a historic weekend.
Here we look at those Minnesota track and field athletes who broke our Minnesota high school records over a busy weekend.
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2023 USATF Minnesota Indoor Championships
Harlow Tong Breaks MN Boys Indoor 200m Record
Harlow Tong capped off an incredible USATF Minnesota Indoor season where he ran in every All-Comers meet in Minnesota. He saved his best for last when he broke the Minnesota boys indoor 200m record with a time of 22.24 to break Dwyne Smith Jr.s record of 22.37 from last month.
Tong ended the USATF Minnesota indoor season with the #3 time in the 60m, #1 in the 200m, and #2 in the 400m. He set new PRs in all three events and set top-15 marks all-time in all three events.
Top Minnesota Boys Indoor 200m Times - All-Time
Nechanicky Sets New Indoor Mile and 2-Mile Minnesota State Records
It was the Ellie Shea show at New Balance, but Wayzata's Abbey Nechanicky also made some state history for Minnesota with her 5th-place finish in the Championship 2-Mile with a time of 10:09.27. In doing so, Nechanicky became just the 2nd girl in Minnesota state history to run under 10:10 in the 2-mile, alongside future Colorado teammate Emily Covert.
Nechanicky also ran in the indoor mile at Nike Indoor Nationals where she finished 5th overall with a time of 4:45.65. This is a new PR for Nechanicky with her previous personal best being 4:54.34 in the 1600m outdoors. This is also a new state record for the indoor mile beating Grace Ping's previous record of 4:59.66.
This was a slight PR for Nechanicky beating her old outdoor 2-Mile PR of 10:10.07. This is also a new state record for the indoor 2-Mile, beating Maria Hauger's old record of 10:36.58 at the 2013 Brooks PR Invitational.
Nechanicky, alongside teammates Grace Mignone, Alyson Kleyman, and Teegan Anderson, also set a state record in the sparingly run 4x1-Mile relay. They ran a time of 20:18.67 for a 2nd place finish at Nike Indoor Nationals.
Breker Sets New Indoor Mile and 2-Mile Minnesota State Records
Noah Breker ran in the fastest heat of the boy's 2-Mile Championship at New Balance where he finished 9th overall and 7th in his heat with a time of 8:53.47. Breker set a new personal best for the 2-Mile with a 3.5 seconds indoor PR (previous PR of 8:57.04) and a 1-second PR overall (outdoor PR of 8:54.53).
Breker's time of 8:53.47 beat his old Minnesota indoor record of 8:57.04 and is the #5 time in Minnesota state history overall.
Breker ran his second and final race on Sunday with the boys Championship mile race where he finished 14th overall with a time of 4:10.71. Breker ran in heat 4 which he won over Rhen Langley who ran a time of 4:10.87.
Juriad Hughes Jr. Tie's His Own Indoor/State Long Jump Record
Juriad Hughes Jr. competed in the long jump championship on Sunday at Nike, where he finished as the champion with a jump of 24' 11" to finish just ahead of Miles Jones who jumped 24' 8.5". This ties his own state record jump of 24' 11" from earlier this indoor season, which is also the all-time state record indoors or outdoors.