Bryanna Craig has only competed in two heptathlons in her life, and she’s already a national champion and the national scholastic record holder.
Craig set the national freshman high school record of 4,958 points when she won the heptathlon last weekend at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.
Heptathlon No. 3 comes this weekend at the USATF Under 20 Championships (formerly Junior Nationals) at Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla.
At the USATF Under 20 Championships this weekend, Craig will be in a field comprised of some of the top college freshmen and the national high school record holder.
She’ll be — by far — the youngest girl in the field. Craig, a freshman at Millville, turned 15 on Feb. 12, so she’ll have four more cracks at the USATF Junior Nationals.
At New Balance, Craig came up just 42 points shy of becoming the 43rd girl in high school track history to crack the 5,000-point plateau in the two-day seven-event challenge.
A realistic goal for this weekend is hitting that 5,000-point barrier, and if you take a look at Craig’s PRs you see that it’s certainly within reach.
Here’s her PRs and their point values. If you add them up it comes out to 5,108
888 … 100-Meter Hurdles: 14.65 [New Balance]
830 … High Jump: 5-6 [states, Meet of Champions]
449 … Shot Put: 28-9 1/4 [Arcadia]
833 … 200-Meter Dash: 25.60 [Arcadia]
735 … Long Jump: 18-5 1/4 [Rowan Open]
569 … Javelin: 114-4 [New Balance]
804 … 800-Meter Run: 2:21.44 [New Balance]
Here’s the schedule of events for this weekend:
3:32 p.m. – 100-Meter Hurdles
4:30 p.m. – High Jump
6 p.m. – Shot Put
7:06 p.m. – 200—Meter Dash
12 p.m. – Long Jump
1 p.m. – Javelin
2:15 p.m. – 800-Meter Run
Craig has the third-highest PR in the six-woman field.
The top seed is Anna Hall, who set the national high school heptathlon record of 5,798 points on June 1, 2018, as a senior at Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch, Colo. According to her IAAF profile, she hasn’t contested any heptathlons since.
The qualifying window ran from June 15, 2018, through June 16, 2019, but Hall is eligible because she scored a national scholastic-record 4,302 points when she placed third at the USATF Indoor Champions at Ocean Breeze.
Hall and Craig are the only high school athletes in the heptathlon field.
The No. 2 seed is Timara Chapman of North Carolina State, who scored 5,412 points when she placed third at ACC’s in Charlottesville.
Also entered are college freshmen Sara Foster of Akron (won Mid-American Conference title with 4,808 points), Jadin O’Brien of Wisconsin (4,777 points last summer when she won AAU Junior Nationals) and Rene Rosso of Mount St. Mary’s (4,548 points winning the Penn Relays).
Among U.S. juniors, Chapman and Craig are ranked No. 2 and No. 4, although Hall would be No. 1 based on her 2018 score. The current U.S. No. 1 and No. 3 junior heptathletes — Sterling Lester of Georgia (5,694 points) and Allie Jones of Stanford (5,041 points) aren’t entered this weekend.