Sloan Shines Early At New Balance Nationals Outdoor

Emily Sloan nearly claimed her first national title in the 100 hurdles. Sloan finished second.

New Balance Nationals Outdoor has been raging along in a three-day meet format, and we've had some great performances within the first two days of the competition.

Emily Sloan went oh-so-close again in the championship 100 hurdles. The Oregon-commit stated her intentions early by blitzing the field with a 13.35 victory in the prelims. But a day later she experienced the rare occasion of having the finish line parted for her, as she took second to Grace Stark in the finals, running 13.36 to Stark's 13.24.

In the Championship Two-Mile was Battle Mountain's Lizzy Harding. Harding finished 23rd in 11:24.

Sadio Fenner mixed it up with some of the best 2,000-meter steeplechasers in the country. Fenner finished 11th in a 41-man field, running 6:06. Claiming the event was Parker Stokes, who ran 5:53. Devin Cadena endured a tough go in the 100, running 10.93 in the prelims, finishing 22nd and missing the finals.

In the Emerging Elite competitions, Battle Mountain's Grace Johnson led Colorado in the two-mile, finishing fourth in 11:07. Behind her was teammate Naomi Harding, who finished 10th in 11:16.

Today is the final day of competition.