They are rolling on Tuesday night at the New York Armory for the Eastern States Championships with a load of stellar performances produced by athletes from New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere.
Photo by Pat Montferrat of NJRunners.com
Nick Vena of Morristown NJ broke several records with his sophomore national record mark of 68'11" as the throw set new shot put records for the Armory facility and state of New Jersey.
In the prelims of the 200 meter dash, Whitney Fountain of Christopher Columbus put herself ontop of the national leaderboard with a New York state junior class record clocking of 23.77.
The state of New Jersey nearly had a trade of control for the 400 national leader spot as junior Amber Allen from Passaic County High School was only three hundredths of a second away from a US #1 performance (Nijgia Snapp NJ 55.33) in the 400 meter dash with her 55.35 win in a close race against Colonie NY freshmen Kyle Plante (55.44).
Bobby Andrews had a solid double in the distance races with victories in the mile run (US #6 4:12.31) and 2 mile run (9:21.34).
Photo by Tim Fulton of ArmoryTrack.com
Relay action has also been sensational on Tuesday night with US #1 times produced in both DMR races with the Southern Regional NJ girls anchored by Jillian Smith in 11:48.61, while the West Windor Plainsboro North boys featuring the Rosa brothers put themselves on the US all-time list at #4 with their 10:07.21 performance at Eastern States. The Southern Regional girls came back later to score another victory in the 4x800 meter relay (9:13).
Despite a fall on their third leg, the Morris Hills boys of New Jersey were able to run just off their US leading time in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 7:47.81.
In the 4x200 meter relay, Middle College posted a US #6 time of 1:29.36 with a relay which featured US 300 leader Jermaine Brown, who claimed first place in the 55 meter dash with a 6.31 clocking in the finals.