Being the best distance runner in his state of Idaho as a sophomore and junior, Elijah Armstrong has often had to travel great distance to find equal or better competition. The expensive and long trips have been rewarding though. He ran a 3200 PR of 9:04 as a freshmen at the Arcadia Invitational in California. Armstrong won the New Balance Indoor Nationals title in the 5K last March at the Armory in New York City with a national sophomore class record time of 14:54. He achieved his 5K PR of 14:28 with a third place finish at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina. No plane was needed to get the Pocatello High School junior Armstrong over to Boise State University this past weekend when he posted a US #1 time of 9:08 in the two mile and came back the next day to win the mile in a new PR time of 4:16. A sixth place finisher in December's Foot Locker Nationals, Armstrong was interviewed by MileSplit US fresh off his distance double in Boise and starts to turn his attention to the big hometown meet that most know nationally as the Simplot Games in mid February.
Coverage, information, results and highlights of national caliber performances from major high school indoor track & field meets in the West region states of the United States during the week ending on Sunday, January 26th, 2014
It's a little early yet for the Banana Belt Classic, but Nick Meihaus gets to pole vault in his hometown on Sunday nevertheless. Photo by Alan Versaw.