Bryanna Craig needed to run 2:22.0 or faster to win the invitational pentathlon at the Music City Invitational in Nashville Saturday.
She ran a personal-best 2:21.32.
Craig didn’t have her best day ever but still came out on top of a loaded field of high school seniors, thanks to a incredible finish.
After four events, here’s what the top 5 looked like:
2,756 points: Addison Berry, West-Oak High, Westminster, S.C.
2,693 points: Holly Cassels, Dwyer High, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
2,673 points: Kenli Nettles, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond, Arthur, Ill.
2,669 points: Bryanna Craig, Millville
2,608 points: Sabrina Sokol, Broad Run, Ashburn, Va.
So Craig was in fourth place and 87 points out of first place going into the final event of the five-event competition, the 800.
Patasha Bryan of South Walton High in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., was first across the line in 2:20.36, but Craig was right behind her with a six-second indoor PR and even a PR over her outdoor best of 2:21.44 from last spring, when she set a national freshman record and won the national title at the National Scholastic Championships at the Armory.
Nobody else in the field broke 2:26.
Once Craig crossed the line in 2:21.32 to net 806 points for a final total of 3,475, Berry needed 719 points to score enough points to finish ahead of Craig.
A 2:27.97 would have gotten her exactly 719 points and given her a 1-point win over Craig. But she crossed the line in 2:28,.68, scored 710 points and finished nine points behind Craig.
Here are the final scoring totals:
3,475 points: Bryanna Craig
3,466 points: Addison Berry
3,392 points: Holly Cassels
3,383 points: Patasha Bryant
3,212 points: Sabrina Sokol
Back in December, Craig won the pentathlon at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic at the Armory with 3,570 points, which broke the South Jersey record. So she finished a bit behind that total. But she beat a field of the best multi-event specialists in the country with just one PR and that’s impressive.
Craig scored 891 points in the 60-meter highs with a 9.09 (her PR is 9.01), 663 points with a 17-7 1/4 long jump (PR is 18-1 1/2), 701 points with 5-1 3/4 in the high jump (PR 5-4) and 480 points with a 27-0 in the shot (29-9 3/4 PR).
Brianna Smith of Cheltenham High in Montgomery County is No. 1 nationally this winter at 3,617 points. Craig, Berry, Cassels and Bryant are No. 2 through 5.
Millville sophomore Leah Ellis placed 10th Saturday in Nashville with 2,859 points.
Craig’s third and final indoor pentathlon is scheduled for New Balance Nationals at the Armory in March.