New Balance Nationals Underway! by Walt Murphy, How Fast will Verzbicas run the 2 mile? note by Larry Eder


The NB Nationals start tonight, Thursday, June 17, in Greensboro, North Carolina. The New Balance Nationals will host some of the best high school athletes in the U.S. In the boy's
two mile, there are ten qualifiers who have broken nine minutes. The battle, which could be, like last weekend at the adidas Grand Prix, be between Lukas Verzbicas and the Rosa brothers, could challenge the 3,200 meter record of German Fernandez (8:34.3) or the two mile record of Jeff Nelson (8:36.7). Last weekend, Verzbicas stayed behind the early pace and took off just after 1200 meters, to win in 4:04.38!

Lukas Verzbicas, winning adidas Jim Ryun Mile, photo by

Verzbicas told RBR last week, in an interview, that he wants to break the two mile record real bad. And Lukas Verzbicas has the tools and training to run 8:32-8:36. He is a talent! Good luck to all at the New Balance Nationals this weekend! And a special thanks to the National Scholastic Federation and New Balance, for, respectively, managing and sponsoring the meet.

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