Millville freshman Bryanna Craig was sitting in sixth place but fewer than 200 points out of first place after Friday’s Day 1 of the heptathlon at the New Balance National Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
Craig had 2,940 points but was only 177 points behind leader Brianna Smith of Cheltenham, Pa., who led with 3,117.
Craig set a state record of 4,791 points when she placed second at Arcadia in April.
What’s the national freshman record?
I got into this a little bit in April, but there’s actually no way to truly determine it, as I explained here: https://sjtrackblog.com/2019/04/08/millvilles-bryanna-craig-breaks-state-record-records-one-of-highest-frosh-heptathlon-marks-ever-at-arcadia/.
Let’s take a look at Craig’s Day 1 in Greensboro:
—> 100-meter hurdles: Craig ran a big PR 14.65 for 888 points. Her previous PR was 14.88 at Arcadia.
—> High jump: Craig jumped 5-5, one inch off her PR, to score 795 points. She has cleared 5-6 several times, including at the Meet of Champions last weekend.
—> Shot put: Craig threw 28-0 1/4 for 434 points.
—> 200-meter dash: Craig ran 25.71 fourth-fastest of all 24 competitors, to pick up 823 points. That’s just off her PR of 25.60, which she ran in the heptathlon at Arcadia in April.
The long jump, javelin and 800 are scheduled for Saturday.