Angelina Napoleon Re-sets Steeplechase National Record

Angelina Napoleon (Allegany-Limestone) clears a barrier in the 2023 NYSPHSAA state meet 2,000 meter steeplechase

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    Angelina Napoleon (Allegany-Limestone) entered the 2,000m steeplechase with as much confidence as anyone.

    Last month, she reclaimed the national record in the event -- from Cornwall's Karrie Baloga -- when she ran 6:19.75 at the Section 6 Class C Championships.

    On Friday evening, she got her running rhythm going when she ran a U.S. No. 3 ranking in the 800m to take the NYSPHSAA title in 2:03.97.

    Napoleon was going to ensure the race would be fast, but so would the company of Cornwall senior and University of Colorado signee Karrie Baloga and Iowa State signee Sheridan Wheeler (Saratoga Springs).

      Wheeler entered ranked U.S. No. 5 all-time; she ran 6:27.80 behind Baloga at the Loucks Games, so there was a quiet confidence there for her as well.