On The Rise: Colorado Middle Schoolers Head To Nationals

Lily Mourer is one of two Coloradans slated to run the inaugural Junior High Mile at the New Balance National Indoor championships next week.

The best track and field athletes in the country will be descending on New York City for the New Balance National Indoor (NBNI) championships next week. Among them, nearly two-dozen Colorado high schoolers are sharpening up to test their mettle against the best. 

The next crop of American track and field superstars will take to the Armory with hopes of launching their careers, and in the midst of the talent that will undoubtedly be a great show, an even younger crop of talent will take the stage with similar ambitions. 

And like the high school ranks, Colorado is sending a few to represent the Centennial State with pride. 

New to this year's NBNI is the Junior High Mile. In the year's race Colorado already has two that will toe the line: Lily Mourer and Bryce Reeburghwho represent Peak Performance. The two are among 30 other middle schoolers  -- in each race -- from across the country that will battle it out on the boards for eight laps. 

Mourer surpassed the 5:48 qualifying mark earlier this month, running 5:38 at the Colorado Mines HS Indoor Series #5

Reeburgh needed a 5:15 qualifier, and he got it at the USATF-Colorado State Indoor Championships. His 5:19 meets the altitude adjusted qualifying mark. 

Bryce Reeburgh will toe the line among 29 other middle school boys in the Junior High Mile next week at NBNI.