Johnston & Gunnerson set to compete in New Balance Collegiate Inv Junior 1000's

Photo by John Herzog

Two Virginians will be competing in Friday's junior 1000 meter races at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational held at the New York Armory. David Gunnerson of Grafton, one of the top ranked runners in Group AA in the event, will be competing at the Armory for the first time in a field which includes the current national leader at 800 meters (Sadiki White NJ), the Millrose mile champion (Robbie Andrews NJ), and a 2:28 1000 runner (Chris Carrington NY). Gunnerson will be aiming to be pulled along in the strong field to a time around 2:30 to 2:31.

Event 16  Boys 1000 Meter Run Junior
Friday 2/6/2009 - 5:55 PM
           Name                        Year School                                
Section 1  Timed Finals
  1   2538 White, Sadiki                    Unattached                  
  2   2539 Andrews, Robbie                  Unattached                  
  3   2544 Carrington, Chris                Unattached                  
  4   2540 Halpin, Sean                     Unattached                  
  5   2541 Ledder, Bill                     Unattached                  
  6   2542 Tansey, Liam                     Unattached                  
  7   2543 Gunnerson, David                 Unattached                  
  8   2545 Bajulaiye, Aki                   Unattached                  
  9   2546 Brown, Zavior                    Unattached                  
 10   2722 Barnes, Ronald                   Unattached      

This weekend will be Paige Johnston's second trip to New York for the New Balance Collegiate Invite 1000 race. The Midlothian senior had a stellar performance in last year's race to take runner-up to Pennsylvania's Chanelle Price in a personal best time of 2:51.05, which ranks her #3 all-time in Virginia high school history. Johnston, currently ranked #4 in the US with a 2:54 performance at the Virginia Tech Invite, will be in a race which will include 3 of the top four ranked 1000 runners in the country with Claudia Francis (US #1 2:53.16) of New York andAmirah Johnson (US #3 2:54.39) of Maryland. Also in the race is New Jersey's Jillian Smith, who recently won her second straight Millrose mile.

Event 14  Girls 1000 Meter Run Junior
Friday 2/6/2009 - 5:35 PM
           Name                        Year School                                
Section 1  Timed Finals
  1   2528 Francis, Claudia                 Unattached                  
  2   2530 Smith, Jillian                   Unattached                  
  3   2532 Cox, Chelsea                     Unattached                  
  4   2533 Johnson, Amirah                  Unattached                  
  5   2535 Johnston, Paige                  Unattached                  
  6   2534 Anselmini, Mary Kate             Unattached                  
  7   2536 Walsh, Dana                      Unattached                  
  8   2537 McNamara, Molly                  Unattached                  
  9   2531 Pontecorvo, Victoia              Unattached   

ArmoryTrack, a MileSplit US affiliate, will be providing a live webcast of the New Balance Collegiate Invite, which will also include many past Virginia high school stars competing in the college events.

LIVE WEBCAST: NB Collegiate Invitational