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Cox siblings, Baylus and Wang compete at Nationals; Northwood’s Aidan Cox (3rd) and Addison Cox (5th) make the podium

  • Northwood’s Addison Cox (left) and Aidan Cox (right) and Loudon’s Seth Baylus pose for a photo outside of Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., the site of The Outdoor Nationals, Presented by Nike. The Cox siblings, Baylus and Epsom’s Shane Wang competed against the best high school track and field athletes in the country. Courtesy Tim Cox

Monitor staff
Published: 7/3/2021 2:34:48 PM

The same venue that witnessed some of the country’s – and the world’s – biggest track stars in late June saw a new generation of athletes over the past few days and four capital area competitors were among them.

Northwood siblings Addison and Aidan Cox earned spots on the podium, while Loudon’s Seth Baylus and Epsom’s Shane Wang also competed among the best high school track and field athletes in the nation over the last three days at The Outdoor Nationals, Presented by Nike at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

“It was really crazy. I remember seeing videos of Noah Lyles (2019 world champion in the 200 meters and U.S. Olympic qualifier) sitting in the locker room and then I’m sitting where he was sitting,” Baylus said. “The same lane I ran in was the same lane Ronnie Baker ran in during the prelims (of the men’s 100 at the U.S. Olympic trials) and now he’s an Olympian.

Aidan Cox, who just finished up a remarkable sophomore season for Coe-Brown Northwood Academy by setting the New Hampshire cross country state record (ran a 5k in 14 minutes, 58.8 seconds), finished third in the nation in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:38.75 on Saturday morning – the last day of competition.

Cox stayed with a pack of 17 runners that was all within two seconds of each other and stayed near the front as other runners fell off, and nearly pulled off second place. Cox trailed runner-up Micah Wilson of St. Charles, Ill., by 0.69 seconds.

Simon Saia of Real Training Track Club in Colorado won in 14:30.66.

Aidan’s older sister Addison, a recent graduate of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy who is headed to the University of New Hampshire this fall, finished fifth in Saturday’s girls’ 5,000 meters in 17:00.59.

Addison got in a good position early, staying in the first chase group behind the leading pack and moved up a couple spots over the course of the race.

Ellie Shea, a freshman from Belmont, Mass., won in 16:10.42.

Wang, a rising senior at Concord Christian Academy, finished 15th in the nation in the triple jump on Thursday. Wang, the New Hampshire state record holder in the triple jump, leapt 46 feet, 4¼ inches on his third and final attempt. The mark he set to claim the Meet of Champions title and state record on June 5 (48-2½) would have put him in 10th place. Wang fouled on his other two attempts.

Floyd Whitaker of Clementon, N.J., won with a leap of 49-11¾.

Baylus, a rising senior at Merrimack Valley High School, ran in the seventh and final heat of the boys’ 100-meter preliminary round on Friday, just barely breaking 11 seconds to clock a 10.99, good for 31st in the nation. Baylus, the only New Hampshire runner to break 11 seconds in the 100 this past season, set the state record at the Meet of Champions on June 5 with a time of 10.77.

Baylus needed to break 10.66 in order to finish in the top nine on Friday morning to qualify for the finals.

Jordan Anthony of Tylertown, Miss., won the finals in 10.21 seconds.

All four athletes did an additional three weeks of training after NHIAA competition officially ended on June 5.

Tim Cox – co-head coach of Coe-Brown’s track and cross country program with Brent Tkaczyk – is also Aidan and Addison’s father, while Bob Mullen coaches the Merrimack Valley track program and worked with Baylus.

“I didn’t perform as well as I wanted to, but I was grateful for the opportunity, Baylus said. “I’m hoping to go back next year, but it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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