Corning’s Jessica Lawson broke the national freshman indoor record in the girls 5,000 meters Friday afternoon, placing sixth at the New Balance National Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Armory in New York City.
Lawson finished in 17 minutes, 8.45 seconds. The previous state and national freshman indoor mark of 17:15.38 was set in 2009 by Samantha Nadel of North Shore.
Lawson originally placed seventh, but a disqualification moved her up to sixth place. The top six finishers in each championship level event earn All-America status.
Tessa Barrett of Waverly, Pa., won the race in a national record 16:11.85.
On March 1, Lawson won the girls 3,000 meters at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at Cornell University. In the fall, she captured the Federation girls state championship in cross country.
Also Friday, Corning’s boys distance medley relay of John McCarthy, Ben Mertus, Tom Moshier and Sam Chauvin placed 12th (10:18.18). Corning’s Michelle Crook, Morgan Gallagher, Natalie Rogus and Emily Stiker took 19th in the girls distance medley relay (12:22.32).
Lawson is scheduled to run again in the 4-mile relay Saturday.
Among area athletes scheduled to compete Sunday are Elmira’s Abbey Wheeler in the girls 2-mile run, Moshier in the 800 and McCarthy in the mile.
Also competing are Elmira’s Miah Hunkele in the freshman 400 meters, Elmira’s Olivia Riley and Mackenzie Tubbs in the girls freshman mile, and Elmira’s Olivia Lovejoy and Kendra Oldroyd in the girls junior high mile.