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New Canaan Runner Takes Third At National Meet

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – It is easy to miss the track accomplishments of New Canaan’s James Randon, who competes for a private school in Massachusetts. At two of the biggest meets of the year, however, the senior has caught the attention of more than a few track enthusiasts.

Randon finished third last Friday in the one mile run in the Emerging Elite race at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. That followed an impressive victory in March, when he won the two mile race at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at The Armory in New York.  The New Balance meet featured the top athletes in the nation, and the Emerging Elite division includes the nation’s top underclassmen.

Randon ran 4:19.45 for the mile, a personal best. In March, he ran 9:23.68 to win the two mile race. In between, Randon ran for Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., where he won the school’s league championship in the 800. He also won the 800 and 1,500 at the New England Private School Track Association Division III championships in May and ran on the winning 4 x 400 relay. All three wins set school and meet records. Randon was named the MVP of the meet.

In the mile at the New Balance meet last week, Randon planned to challenge the meet record of 4:15.76.

“I wanted to go out with the main pack and make a move with about 500 meters to go,’’ he said. “I wanted to have a little edge with about 200 meters left, because I knew the other runners had a little bit better kick. I ran well, but I just started to tie up toward the end.”

Vincent Ciattei of Baltimore won in 4:15.1 to set a meet record, with Austin Lane of Greenwich, N.Y., taking second.

“I was satisfied with it,’’ Randon said. “You always go into the race with the mindset that you want to win.”

Randon generally runs the 1,500 for Middlesex. He is ranked 35th in the country in the 1,500 by a national track website and had top 50 rankings in two events during the indoor season. His top 1,500 time is 3:57.5, which he ran a week prior to the New Balance meet.

Randon attended New Canaan Country Day School before heading to Middlesex, a school of 375 students.  

“I think the biggest surprise was when I won the two mile indoors,’’ Randon said. “I think that’s when people started to notice.”

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