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Bailey and Hennessy heading to national indoor track meet

3/5/2012
While some Peddie spring breakers may be hitting the slopes or basking on beaches, seniors Kelly Bailey and Tom Hennessy will be hitting the track in preparation for the mile at the New Balance Indoor National Championships, which will be held March 9-11 at the 168th Street Armory in New York City. Both have qualified for the Emerging Elite Division, open to any high school athlete who has made the Emerging Elite standards, whether they be freshman, sophomores, juniors or seniors.

Bailey earned access to the national field B Division when she finished third with a 5:09.11 at the Eastern States Track Championships on March 1 at the Armory. Her qualifying mark set a new Peddie indoor record, eclipsing Laura Kunak's '99 effort of 5:13.7.

Click here for Bailey in blue on her last lap.

Both Tom and I ran really well," said Bailey. "Running at the Armory is just a great experience, the track is super fast and we were able to compete against great athletes from all over the east coast. I was really happy with my race. I was seeded eighth and ended up finishing third, so I was happy with my indoor personal-best  and school record.I'm hoping to run fast at nationals, and if nothing else, it will be a very cool experience."

Also making the Emerging Elite cut-off time at Easterns, Hennessy's 4:23.90 was good enough for seventh place and a return trip to what is billed as the "world’s  greatest indoor track and field facility."

"It was really a great experience considering I've never run at such a big venue with so many people and even cameras watching," said Hennessy. "Racing on the same  track with some of the best distance runners from the East definitely elevated my racing. Even though I blew past my personal-best time, I'm looking forward to breaking 4:20 and the school record in the mile at Nationals."

A meet record 4,005 athletes are heading for the Armory. Enter here for the New Balance National Championships.

A non-profit organization based in New York City, the Armory hosts over 100 indoor track and field meets yearly with over 125,000 individual athletes. Besides its many youth sports and educational programs, the Armory directs the Hispanic Games, The New Balance Games, and the New Balance Collegiate at the Armory the largest indoor college meet nationally. The Armory is additionally the owner of the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden. For more information please visit: www.ArmoryTrack.com