Kravitz wins a gold in Rising Stars 400; Norris adds another medal

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Jun. 19—Colin Kravitz took his turn to shine and Tatum Norris added to her medal haul.

The Times-Tribune Track and Field Performers of the Year reached the medal stand Saturday at the New Balance Outdoor National Track and Field Championships.

Kravitz earned gold in the Rising Stars 400-meter run with a time of 48.93 seconds at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. His time is the second-fastest in his career.

"At first, I was a little off because I hadn't done as much block work and didn't know what to expect after being out of competition for three weeks, but when it happened and I won, it overwhelmed me," Kravitz said. "It is one of the things that I cannot put into words.

"It definitely helps me get into the mindset of where I am right now and the work I have to do to get to where I want to be next year."

Norris finished sixth in the Rising Stars 100-meter dash in a time of 12.28. On Friday, the Susquehanna junior won a gold medal in the Rising Stars pole vault.

Sabree Brooks of Track Life University, Michigan, won the gold in the 100 with a time of 11.99.

The top six finishers in each event receive a medal at the national meet.

"It was really awesome," Norris said. "I am really blessed to be able to compete against athletes of this talent level. I am really grateful to my parents for getting me here. I really didn't know what to expect and I am so happy that I made the final and got a medal."

Kravitz, who worked through a delay in the start time of his race and some confusion about what lane he had been assigned, surged out to an early lead in the 400 and looked strong through the home stretch to win the race. His time is second only to his school-record mark of 48.57 that he ran at the PIAA Championships on Memorial Day weekend.

Harry Economon of Robinson Track in Virginia, finished second in 49.61.

"I was warming up, and then the meet was running behind, so I warmed up again, and then they put me in a different lane, but finally got that straightened out, so my mind was a little bit everywhere," said Kravitz, whose time would have placed him 20th in the boys championship race. "But once I got into the blocks, I focused. I went out strong and kept cutting down the stagger. Then on the last turn, I let it all out and brought it home."

Norris qualified for the final in the 100 in the morning with a time of 12.25 to win her heat and land her with the sixth-best time among the qualifiers.

Both times were among the fastest in Norris' career. Her personal best of 12.17 came when she won the 100 at the Robert Spagna Championships. She also has a time of 12.18, which set a record at the District 2 Class 2A championships and a 12.25 from the preliminary heats at the PIAA Championships.

"The 100 was so crazy," Norris said. "I didn't think I was going to win my heat. I wasn't getting my hopes up too much and I was playing myself down a little too much. I realized that I belonged after I won that heat. It takes a lot to even get to the final, and I really felt my sprinting work paid off.

"It felt awesome to be up there receiving a medal with these talented girls."

In the afternoon, Kravitz and Norris competed in the Rising Stars 200. Kravitz ran a time of 22.50 to finish 20th out of 32 athletes. Norris ran a time of 25.09 to finish second in her qualifying heat and 14th overall out of 40 runners.

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