Competing against the nation’s top high school track & field athletes at the New Balance National Championships, Joey Mullen ’15 and Connor Dante ’16 both finished in the Top 20 in their events – the 3rd straight year in which RL athletes have done so.
Dante opened the weekend in the Javelin event, launching a 7-foot personal best on his first throw of the day. His 160’ 1” toss was the winning throw in the opening flight of the Emerging Elite competition. Ranked 50th going into the weekend, Dante far surpassed his ranking, finishing 15th overall.
On the track, Joey Mullen raced in the Emerging Elite 2-mile for the second year in a row. With temperatures on the track topping 100 degrees, Mullen ran a conservative first mile, hanging onto the back of the pack. With one mile to go, he began to pick his way through the field, finishing with a blistering final quarter-mile to take 7th place overall in 9:34.9 – just one spot out of the medals.
Mullen, a track & field captain in 2014 and 2015, finishes his RL career as the Roxbury Latin school record holder in the 1500m and 3000m, unanimous All-ISL selection, and two-time Nationals qualifier. Dante, a junior in his first year of track & field, is now the #4 all-time javelin thrower in school history.