GREENSBORO, N.C. – Franklin Monroe’s Nicole Berry and Versailles’ Jenna Frantz set personal bests this past weekend during the New Balance Nationals Outdoor track and field meet at North Carolina A&T State University.
Berry, a 2017 Franklin Monroe graduate, finished sixth in the girls shot put national championships with a personal-best toss of 47 feet 10.5 inches.
Berry’s previous personal best was 47 feet 3.75 inches, a mark she set earlier this month during the Ohio High School Athletic Association state track and field meet at The Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
The winning throw at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor came from Alyssa Wilson of Jackson, New Jersey, who had a throw of 54 feet 10.75 inches. The runner-up was Kathleen Young of Decatur, Illinois, who threw it 51 feet 5.5 inches.
The third through sixth place finishers all were Ohioans, giving the Buckeye State four of the six girls on the podium. Molly Leppelmeier from McComb finished third with a throw of 49 feet 7.25 inches, Madison Pollard of Whitehouse finished fourth with a throw of 48 feet 2.75 inches, Abigail Moore from Rootstown finished fifth with a throw of 48 feet 1.75 inches, and Berry finished sixth.
Frantz, a 2017 graduate of Versailles, finished eighth in the girls pole vault during the New Balance Nationals Outdoor by clearing a personal-best mark of 13 feet 1.5 inches.
Her previous best was 12 feet 9 inches, a height she cleared earlier this month during the OHSAA state track and field meet.
Anna Watson from Lewis Center won the New Balance Nationals Outdoor girls pole vault competition by clearing 13 feet 9 inches.
The second- through fourth-place finishers all cleared 13 feet 5.25 inches. Williamsport, Pennsylvania’s Katie Jones and Bolingbroke, Georgia’s Carson Dingler tied for second while Becky Arbiv from Atlanta finished fourth.
The fifth through eighth place finishers all cleared 13 feet 1.5 inches. Atlanta’s Alex Potts finished fifth, Henderson, Kentucky’s Jaci Bickett finished sixth, Columbia, Missouri’s Khristen Bryant finished seventh, and Frantz finished eighth. Frantz placed eighth because of a tiebreaker as she missed her first attempt at clearing 13 feet 1.5 inches while the other three cleared the bar on their first attempts at that height.
Berry and Frantz both will continue their track and field careers at the collegiate level. Berry will compete for Tiffin University while Frantz will compete for the University of Akron.
For complete results from the New Balance Nationals Outdoor, visit www.nbnationalsout.com.
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