Kingsway senior Ryan Allen won the 3,000-meter racewalk Saturday at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Eugene, Ore.
Allen covered 3,000 meters in 13:45.62, winning by 10 meters over Clayton Stoil of Langley High in McLean, Va., who was second in 13:48.69.
Stoil led for the first four laps before Allen built a four-second lead on the 5th lap. His lead grew to just over eight seconds with two laps to go. Stoil trimmed five seconds off Allen’s lead over the last two laps, but Allen crossed the line first.
The national title is the 5th of Allen’s high school career.
He won the one-mile racewalk at the adidas Indoor Nationals in Virginia Beach in February of 2021, the 3,000 walk at Outdoor Nationals at Hayward Field in Eugene last June and the one-mile events the same weekend in March at both the Ocean Breeze and Armory nationals in New York.
Allen’s 13:45.62 shattered his PR of 14:28.87, which he recorded last year at Hayward Field. He’ll be back at Hayward Field next week for the 10,000-meter event at USATF Under-20 Championships. Stoil is also entered.
Allen also ran for Kingsway. He placed 13th at Group 4 sectionals in XC this past fall and 4th in the Tri-County Championships. This spring, he PR’d at 3,200 meters in 9:54.15 for 12th at sectionals.
Allen’s older brother Sam, who was a freshman this year at Cornell, placed 6th at the U.S. Olympic Trials at 20,000 meters last June in Springfield, Ore. He represented the U.S. at the World Athletics Race Walking Championships in February in Muscat, Oman. You can read his account of that experience here.