The field is looking even stronger than reported last week. Stars from throughout the indoor track & field deprived Southeast are heading to Gainesville, Florida as we speak for tomorrow's big meet. The Innagural Gainesville Indoor Classic will start at 9AM at the O-Dome on Saturday. State champions in various events from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama are on the entry list, along with many others. Olympic hopeful and Palm Bay alum, Xavier Carter, who has been training in Gainesville under Coach Mike Holloway, will be there as well signing autographs. Jamaica olympian Novlene Williams will also be signing autographs for fans.Flrunners will be on site with a team of four to bring you photos, vidoeos, results, summaries, and interviews!
Booker Nunley of Garner High School, the #2 ranked hurdler in the United States, found out on Monday that he would be ineligble for the remainder of the indoor season and all of the outdoor season. Why you ask? Booker needed one last class to graduate during the 2007-2008 school year. At first, he thought he would go ahead and take that class, then graduate early. However, with the vast improvement he was making during the summer, he was encouraged by many to finish off a full senior year. Booker listened to those that suggested this move, thus decided to be a normal senior and complete the year. However, during the process of preparing for the school year, he only registered for two classes. Rules state that athletes must take 3 classes a semester(in a block schedule like Garner's) in order to be eligible for the next semester's athletics. This is the huge problem. No one at Booker's school noticed this mistake: not his coach, not his counselor, not the Athletic Director, nor the Principal. One person, his track coach, served as three of the previously mentioned roles. So the question becomes where was the ball dropped? It seems this is a situation that could've easily been prevented.
Robby Andrews (NJ) is a co-favorite to win the Millrose mile (Photo from PennTrackXC.com) The 101st Millrose Games take place Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Each year, the event brings together many of the top distance runners in the country to compete in elite high school boys and girls mile races. The fields this year are stacked with incredible talent and should produce some very fast times. MileSplit National Editor Scott Bush breaks down the race one athlete at a time.
Scott Houston of Northwest Guilford is one of the top pole vaulters in the US. He is currently ranked #2 nationally with his vault of 16-10. This mark was almost a foot better than his previous best, and it broke the old state record by 8 inches.Scott's improvement has been noticed by many in the pole vaulting community. Recently, Shannon Pope, the former NC record holder contacted me because he wanted to congratulate Scott.Mike Byrnes of the National Scholastic Sports Federation has just written an article which is now posted on NationalScholastic.org. Check it out, as Scott is now making a name for pole vaulting in NC.
Dan Kwiatkowski (PA) is throwing well in '08(Photo from PennTrackXC.com)Every year there are athletes who emerge from the pack to take a place among the best at an event in their district or even their state. But once in a while an athlete emerges from that pack to take a place at the top of their event – nationwide. Dan Kwiatkowski is the first PA track & field athlete to make that jump in 2008. And the jump is huge. Actually, the throw is huge. Dan is a shot putter, and now leads the MileSplit Network national rankings in the event with his recent throw of 63-00.00. That is an astounding jump of seven feet from his outdoor best in 2007.Photo: 2007 Outdoor States - 6th place for AAA team champs McDowell
Kendall Gregory (OH) is running towards some big results this season Kendall Gregory (OH) opened up his '07-'08 track season with a bang. Not only did the 400m star earn a U.S. #1 at 500m, but he showed his growing strength by running 1:57 at 800m. However, the Strongsville, Ohio senior has his eyes focused forward on some big goals, most of which pertain to the 400m dash, where he returns as one of the top athletes nationally in the event. See what Kendall has to say about his goals for the year, his training, his relationship with his father and much, much more.
Chanelle Price (PA) is on a tear lately(Photo from PennTrackXC.com)After breaking the U.S. record at 500m, one would think that Chanelle Price (PA) would take a little down time to recover, regroup and surge ahead. That seemingly was never in the plan for Price, as she ran two sub-2:10 800m efforts this past weekend. Read about other top performances, a few news-tidbits and what is coming up this week in our weekly Monday News & Notes section.Alishea Usery (MO): Runs two U.S. top three performances in KS. U.S. #1 at 400m & U.S. #2 at 200m!!!Top Highlights- Alishea Usery (MO): Runs two U.S. top three performances in KS- Chanelle Price (PA): Qualifies for USATF Nationals in the 800m- Maurice Mitchell (MO): Runs U.S. #3 in 200m in 21.85 at Kansas U.- Nadonnia Rodrigues (NY): Runs U.S. #1 in 600m at Mayor's Cup (NY)
Luke Puskedra (UT) wins the Reebok Boston Indoor Games boys mile(Photo from ArmoryTrack.com)** Puskedra wins Reebok Boston Indoor Games elite boys high school mile in 4:08.77!!! Results** Jillian Smith (NJ) wins Reebok Boston Indoor Games elite girls high school mile in 4:48.83 !!! Results** Wayne Davis (NC) hurdled to the U.S. #2 all-time mark in the 55m hurdles Saturday, running 7.08!!!** Chanelle Price (PA) runs U.S. #1 at 800m with 2:07.30 at the Jersey City Armory Meet!!!The weekend started off with a bang Friday night, as Wayne Davis (NC) posted the U.S. #4 all-time (1/25 - 1/27) mark in the 55m hurdles, running 7.12 in the prelims at the Virginia Tech Invitational. Keeping checking back as we provide you fantastic coverage of this weekend's top invitationals. Boys Results- Wayne Davis (NC): Hurdles US#2 all-time with 7.08 in 55m hurdles- Luke Puskedra (UT): Wins Reebok Boston mile in U.S.#1 4:08.77- Dan Kwiatkowski (PA): Throws U.S.#1 in shot with a heave of 63'- Andrew Perkins (WI): Runs 1:19.91 in season opener at WI Elite- Bethel (VA): Earn U.S.#1 in 4x400m relay with 3:19.70 at VA Tech - Javell Bullard (VA): Sprints to U.S.#1 at 300m in 33.97 in VA- Dylan Ferris (NC): Runs 1:54.74 (800m) & 4:16.04 (mile) in VA- David Wilson (VA): Leaps 49-06 in TJ at Virginia Tech for U.S.#1Girls Results- Jillian Smith (NJ): Wins Reebok Boston mile in U.S. #1 4:48.83- Chanelle Price (PA): Runs U.S.#1 in 800m with 2:07.30 in NJ - Eleanor Roosevelt (MD): Earn U.S.#1 in 4x4 with 3:48.54 in VA - Jasmin Stowers (SC): Hurdles to U.S.#4 in 55m hurdles at Eastern- Jacinda Evans (NC): Leaps 19-01 to win LJ at Eastern Challenge- Tasha Stanley (MD): Runs U.S.#2 in 500m with 1:12.81 at VA Tech - Nyosha Bryant (NC): Runs 7.10 in 55m dash in prelims at VA Tech- Emily Vannoy (MD): Throws shot put 45-11, a U.S. top ten mark
By Christopher Hunt BOSTON – Maybe it was because she had been there before or because she had seen her teammate do it before. But Southern Regional (N.J.) junior Jillian Smith’s composure never deserted her. She never lost her poise. FULL ARTICLE HERE
Photo by John Herzog The national caliber performances keep on coming on Saturday at the Rector Fieldhouse in Blacksburg, VA. There were a total of five US #1's, ten US #2's, and over 25 US top 5's over the entire two days at Virginia Tech! Complete Results A traffic jam of the nation's fastest 3 4x200's Girls 4x200 - Eleanor Roosevelt MD US #3 1:41.79, West Charlotte NC US #5 1:42.74 Boys 4x200 - West Charlotte NC US #3 1:29.65, Bethel VA US #4 1:29.68, Nansemond River US #5 1:29.69 Girls Invite 800 - Tasia Potasinski (Westfield VA) US #7 2:15.98 Boys Invite 800 - Dylan Ferris (East Forsyth NC) US #2 1:54.74 Girls 1000 - Amirah Johnson (Eleanor Roosevelt MD) 3:01.98 Boys 1000 - Logan Collins (Orange County VA) US #3 2:30.58, Leoule Degfae (Thomas Edison VA) US #4 2:31.19 Girls 300 - Nyosha Bryant (West Charlotte NC) US #9 40.19 Boys 300 - Javell Bullard (Bethel VA) US #1 33.97, Brendan Etzel (Richard Montgomery MD) US #2 34.47, Keith Ricks (King's Fork VA) US #3 34.57 Girls 55H - Taylor Butler (Bishop McNamara MD) 8.35 Boys 55H - Wayne Davis (Southeast Raleigh NC) US #2 All-Time 7.08 Girls 55 - Nyosha Bryant (West Charlotte NC) 7.10 Boys 55 - Justin Murdock (Meade MD) 6.39 Girls 500 - Tasha Stanley (Eleanor Roosevelt MD) US #2 1:12.81, Ambrosia Iwugo (Elizabeth Seton MD) US #6 1:14.60, Bethany Hyter (Osbourn Park VA) US #8 1:15.43 Boys 500 - Eric Gyamfi (Potomac School) US #2 1:05.59 Girls 1600 - Amirah Johnson (Eleanor Roosevelt MD) 5:11.59 Girls Invite Mile - Kathleen Lautzenheiser (Midlothian VA) 5:04.30 Boys 1600 - Bryant Clopper (Harrisonburg VA) 4:24.40 Boys Invite Mile - Dylan Ferris NC US #3 4:16.04 NC, Patrick Campbell NC US #5 4:16.73 Girls 4x400 - Eleanor Roosevelt MD US #1 3:48.54, Osbourn Park VA US #2 3:51.44 Boys 4x400 - Bethel VA US #1 3:19.70 Boys Pole Vault - Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford NC) 16'1" Girls High Jump - Saniel Atkinson (Bishop McNamra MD) 5'7" Girls Long Jump - Tynita Butts (T.C. Williams VA) 18'10.75" Boys Long Jump - Kelvin Griffin (Nansemond River VA) US #2 23'5.50"
Wayne Davis US #4 All-Time 55H 7.12 in prelims! 3200 duel produces US #1 and US #2 times Peter Dorrell VA 9:06.30, Kyle Satterwhite VA 9:12.90 US #2, US #5, & #7 marks in Boys TJ David Wilson VA - US #2 49-6 Photos by John Herzog Brandon Miles of MileSplit US and MileStat.com will be providing frequent updates and results shortly after the conclusion of events at the Virginia Tech Invitational this weekend in Blacksburg, VA. Held on one of the fastest banked tracks on the East Coast, the meet annually produces many US #1 and US top 10 performances. This year's meet should be no exception. Events begin at 5 PM on Friday with field events and the prelims of the 55 meter hurdles and dashes. Virginia Tech Invite - Day 1 Results Wayne Davis NC moves up on the all-time list in the 55 meter hurdles after his US #10 7.18 last weekend with a US #4 all-time 7.12 in Friday's prelims A great 3200 duel between Peter Dorrell VA and Kyle Satterwhite VA producing US #1 9:06.30 and US #2 9:12.20 Two US top 5 performances in boys triple jump with a US #2 49-6 by David Wilson VA and US #5 Olu Olamigoke 48-9 (also US #7 48-6 by Corey Fuller MD) Dylan Ferris NC splits a 1:51.9 anchor leg in the 4x800, but it is the Thomas Edison VA boys with 1:56 legs on 2nd and 4th by the Degfae twins as 8:01.90 winners Emily Vannoy MD launches a US #5 45'11.50" mark in girls shot Justin Murdock MD, a 55 meter national leader last year, clocks in at a US #6 6.34 in Friday's prelims Winston Churchill outduels fellow MD girls distance powerhouse Walt Whitman in DMR for 12:26.12 win Nyosha Bryant NC is the fastest qualifier in the girls 55 prelims with 7.10 clocking
Though the boys pole vault apparently went into Saturday despite being part of the Friday event schedule at the St. Christopher's Invite, the second annual invite got off to a good start in day one with plenty of great performances. Western Branch dominates sprints, hurdles, and 4x800's at St. Chris Photo by David Fleenor Western Branch swept the finals of all four short sprint and hurdle races with Amber Mitchell in the girls 55 meter dash (7.25), Torry Womack in the boys 55 meter dash (6.44), and more impressive 1-2 finishes in the finals of both 55 meter hurdle finals. Western Branch's Jessie Gaines and Ermesha Fair clocked US #7 and US #8 performances with Gaines as a 8.12 winner and Fair as a close second at 8.15. The boys hurdle pair of Kevin Newsome and Jeffrey Artis had already been ranked in the top 10 in the country prior to the meet and virtually flip flopped from their previous order and season best times with Artis at 7.43 and Newsome at 7.48. Swift 3200 times were put up by winners Lia DiValentin of Chantilly (11:02.86) and Davis Barry of Patrick Henry (9:28.96) Western Branch also had the winning girls 4x800 as the Lady Bruins won a close contest just ahead of Herndon and Maggie Walker in 9:42.78. Douglas Freeman had two first place finishes with a 8:12.74 run by their boys 4x800 meter relay and 10'9" clearance by Hillary Parsons in the girls pole vault. Lake Braddock's Melanie Akwule was just off from her second 18 foot leap of the season as she took the long jump with a mark of 17'9.75", while Hampton's Lavell Handy nearly had a foot PR mark in the long jump with his 22'11.75" win. St. Christopher's Invite - Friday Results
By Christopher Hunt It’s not that Carmel senior Kristin Reese hasn’t been in big races before. She has. But for all the stories of leaving runners struggling in her wake, for all the tales of Reese producing bone-chilling relay legs it was those big races, the ones were everyone’s watching, that she became a footnote. It’s not that she hadn’t run fast times either. It’s just that she beat people she was supposed to beat. That wasn’t the runner that ran at the New Balance Games last Saturday. Reese says it won’t be the runner that shows up in the girls invitational mile at the Boston Indoor Games tomorrow either. FULL STORY HERE
Jasmin Stowers (SC) headlines in North Carolina this weekend(Photo by Don Rich)While the weather outside this weekend will be cold, the action at indoor track complex's around the country will be scorching hot. A handful of meets espcially this weekend showcase many of the nation's top talents. See where the excitement will be this weekend.
Photo by John Herzog Not everyone is at Virginia Tech this weekend as the second annual St. Christopher's Invite will be 50 team strong with some of the state's best squads in attendance at one of the state's top indoor track facilities. The state's top ranked boys and girls team in both the latest power and depth team rankings in Western Branch looks to have a strong presence in many events throughout the meet. Western Branch junior Daniel Nix (pictured above) will be attempting to pull of a tough 300 and 500 meter sprint double with only an hour separating the two events as they are being held back to back in Saturday's event schedule. Sorry relay teams and field events but I had to cut my preview short in order to make it to Virginia Tech in time for Friday's events! However, MileStat.com will have plenty of photos from the St. Christopher's Invitational between two photographers in David Fleenor and Tom Hoerner. We want video from the meet as well, so get your camcorders charged and capture some of the action and upload it to MileStat.com!
The Eastern High School Challenge turned in some stellar performances across the board. Full coverage will not be up until tomorrow, but in the meantime, be sure to check out what is already posted. Videos, pictures, highlights, etc. will periodically be loaded, so check back often. Results: Day 1 | Day 2 Video of just about every race was taken, take some time to watch.
It's just like Fantasy Football, but with professional Track and Field athletes. Challange your friends and coaches to see who know more about track. Overall top winner wins a trip to Eugene, Oregon for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Click on the title for more information...
North Carolina athletes put together some amazing marks at Virginia Tech this weekend. For now, check the results . . . things to look for - Wayne Davis!!! Boy's mile, girl's sprints, boy's pole vault, relays, and more Photo: courtesy of John Herzog, Milestat.com photographer
Two time Foot Locker all-American, and four-time PA state champion (2 track, 2 xc), Carly Seymour of Central Cambria, has made a verbal commitment to become a Duke Blue Devll next fall. Seymour made the choice after a recent visit, her third official visit. Her fellow 2007 Foot Locker finalist, Kacey Gibson of Neshannock, will be attending and competing for Florida State University. 800-meter specialist Elliot Rhodes of Engineering & Science, will compete at the University of Pittsburgh. And Northern York star Rachel Wong has signed a Letter of Intent to attend the NAIA's Cedarville, Ohio.
Wayne Davis (pictured above by Tom Hoerner) of Southeast Raleigh NC will attempt to improve upon his recent US #10 all-time 55 meter hurdles performance of 7.16 at Virginia Tech this weekend. The Virginia Tech Invitational this weekend will be another launching pad for many athletes and relays looking to post some of the nation's fastest and best performances this indoor season. Virginia's best will be there as well as great out of state competition. The two day event has plenty to look forward in the first day alone on Friday. Find out who are the top athletes and relays to look out for in a preview article of Friday's events in Blacksburg.
He first told the world about his goal in cross country. At the state meet, as long time commentator Ricky Quintana asked him about his plans for the spring, his eyes lit up. "All great miler's goal is to break four... and I'm going to go after that (this spring)" While most runners who have run competitively in the mile may dream of one day running a four minute mile, few will actually say it out loud. Fewer have the courage to announce it to the world, especially attached with a timeframe. But that's exactly what Joe did. Some say he'll get there, some balk. But whether he is successful in his quest or not, it will sure be an exciting trip, and we plan to take you on the ride with him this spring. Starting today we will get as close to walking on Joe's shoes as we can, as he tells us of the trials and tribulations, training and dedication, careful planning and emotions that he experiences in his quest. In his first entries today, Joe talks about the training he is doing this week leading up to his January 26 appearance at the Boston Indoor Games. Enjoy!
Photo by John Herzog Last night national cross country champion Ashley Brasovan found out in a surprise party that she had been named Gatorade National Girls Runner of the Year. Today we asked Ashley about the honor, her training and upcoming season, and got a chance to find out a little more about this little starlet who has gone from Florida phenom to the nation's high school distance runner going into track season.
Last Saturday, Juashuanna Kelly, a runner on the girls track team at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C., elected not to compete in the Montgomery Invitational indoor track and field meet in Maryland after meet officials advised her that she would need to replace her undergarment because it violated track and field playing rules published by the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS). The NFHS issues the following statement regarding this incident.
Ashley Brasovan (FL) - the 2007 Gatorade Nat. Girls XC Runner of the Year(Photo courtesy of Gatorade/Mark Elias)The Gatorade Player of the Year program announced Thursday morning that Ashley Brasovan (FL) is the 2007-2008 National Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Ashley ran strong all season long, breaking her curse at the Foot Locker South Regional course, then went on to San Diego and won Foot Locker Nationals. Congratulations Ashley!
Nick Vena (NJ): National Frosh. Indoor Shot Put Record Holder(Photo by the Star-Ledger)Only a freshman, Nick Vena (NJ) kicked off his high school career with a bang, breaking the freshman indoor national record in the shot put with his huge throw of 61-01.5 in early January. MileSplit National Editor Scott Bush took some time to talk with Nick, covering his new record, his goals, his training and much more.
It's not every day that a documentary on running is put in hundreds, perhaps thousands, of theatres across the country. Our sport is small, a tight-knit community, and tomorrow our close group of running brothers and sisters can come together under one roof to support our sport. Thursday, January 24, 2008, you can help support our sport and watch what should be an interesting film...The Spirit of the Marathon.Spirit of the Marathon Main Page - Click HereSpirit of the Marathon Movie Listings - Click Here
Tuesday night in Maryland at the Montgomery County Championships, Wil Zahorodny ran a new U.S. #1 time in the 500m dash. Zahorodny blazed to 1:05.09, besting this year's prior U.S. #1 of 1:05.80 by Kendall Gregory (OH). Zahorodny beat a great field of competitiors, beating second place Antonio Palmer (MD) by over a second. Palmer's runner-up finish of 1:06.30 is also a U.S. top ten mark.The MileSplit National Rankings: Boys 500m DashThe MileSplit National Rankings Boys Main Page: Click Here
Many of the top distance runners in the U.S. take to the track at the Reggie Lewis Center at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games this Saturday. The final elite boys and girls mile fields have been announced and the meet's website has posted up some fun features on the high school races. It should be quite a weekend in Boston!
Florida fans knew they’d be seeing more than four years of collegiate racing from Atlantic’s Sean Jefferson following his record setting senior season. In 2001, Sean capped off his high school career by blowing away the 4a 3200m field and smashing his own state meet record by 14 seconds in a time of 8:59.03.
Vashti Thomas (CA) shined bright Monday night in Fresno(Photo by Margaret Gallagher)The Run for the Dream Invitational hosted one of the top fields of athletes so far this indoor season. Many of California's top track and field athletes took to the new indoor facility at Fresno State University Monday night to test their early season form against one another. The results did not disappoint.Top Results- Briana Stewart (CA): Leaps to new U.S.#1 in TJ at 39-06.5- Vashti Thomas (CA): Leaps 19-00.5 LJ & 7.87 55m hurdles- Ashton Purvis (CA): Runs U.S. top five in 55m dash with 6.94- Julian Purvis (CA): Earns U.S. top five in 55m hurdles at 7.91- Nico Weiler (CA): Keeps rolling in PV with win of 16-00
USATF JO Athlete of the Year William Wynne speaks his mind on a whirlwind 2007 season and about himself.
Kendall Gregory (OH) ran a U.S. #1 time in the 500m dash SaturdayPerhaps the best performance of the entire weekend came from Kendall Gregory (OH), who ran 1:05.80 for 500m at Oberlin College in Ohio, a huge result that got lost in a smaller meet. After an exciting weekend of competition, we take a look back on a few overlooked performances, what really stood out to us this weekend and the week ahead. Click Here for our weekend highlights and results page
Trip to Yale a huge success for resident New Yorkers as fast times flow in New Haven. FULL ARTICLE HERE
Some of North Carolina's best will travel to Virginia Tech this weekend, looking for some new competition and top marks. Here's a short list of some attending V-Tech: Dylan Ferris, Patrick Campbell, Nyosha Bryant, Wayne Davis, Scott Houston, and New Bern (entered in both meets). Let's take a closer look . . .
Vince McNally (PA) leads the boys' field at the '08 Millrose Games"A New Century Begins." That is this year's slogan for the 101st Millrose Games. The most historic indoor track and field meet in the world announced their high school elite mile fields this weekend and the fields are stacked! The Millrose Games take place on February 1, 2008 at Madison Square Garden (NY).Boys Elite Mile FieldWillie Ahearn (Sr., Danbury, CT)Robby Andrews (Jr., Manalapan, NJ)Parker Boudreau (Sr., Danbury, CT)Nick Crits (Sr., Wissahickon, PA)Peter Dorrell (Sr., Blacksburg, VA)Vince McNally (Sr., Conestoga, PA)Kyle Merber (Sr., Half Hollow Hills West, NY)Doug Smith (Jr., Gill-St. Bernard's, NJ)Charles White (Sr., Cherry Creek, CO)Girls Elite Mile FieldHannah Davidson (Saratoga Springs, NY)Shelby Greany (Jr., Suffern, NY)Jillian King (Scotia-Glenville, NY)Caitlin Lane (Greenwich, NY)Emily Lipari (So., Roslyn, NY)Jeanne Mack (La Salle, RI)Cory McGee (So., Pass Christian, MS)Kristin Reese (Carmel, NY)Jillian Smith (Jr., Southern Regional, NJ)Melanie Thompson (Jr., Voorhees, NJ)
**Chanelle Price (PA) (above) set the national record in the 500m dash Saturday, beating a strong field in the process to running 1:10.30!!! Post race Interview**Wayne Davis (NC) ran 7.16 in the 55m hurdles Saturday at the Asics Invitational at Liberty University. His time ranks him top ten all-time!!!**Erik Kynard (OH) leaps 7-03.75 in the high jump Saturday at the University of Findlay. Kynard's already lept 7-01.5 this year and is now only 1.5 inches off the national record!!!A big weekend (1/18 - 1/19) of action certainly did not disappoint track and field fans across the nation. Chanelle Price (PA) broke the U.S. record in the girls' 500m dash, while numerous U.S. #1 marks were established across the board. Check inside to see what took place this weekend.Top Boys' Performances- Erik Kynard (OH): Leaps 7-03.75 in the high jump in OH for U.S.#1 - Robby Andrews (NJ): Runs 4:12.48 for U.S.#1 mile at NB Games - Michael Barbas (TX): Earns U.S.#1 with SP throw of 62-04.25 at Carl L.- Marquise Goodwin (TX): Jumps U.S.#1 mark in LJ with 24-07 in TX - Wayne Davis (NC): Earns top ten all-time mark in 55m hurdles in 7.16- Mason Finley (CO): Continues to improve with 62-01.5 SP in CO - William Wynne (GA): Hurdles 7.86 in 60m hurdles at KTC Inv.Top Girls' Performances- Breanna Hubbard (GA): Runs a 7.49 in 60m dash, new U.S.#1 @ KTC- Kristin Reese (NY): Runs 4:52.48 for U.S.#1 mile at NB Games - Conestoga (PA): Win New Balance 4x800m relay in U.S.#1 9:11.48 - Meaghan Gregory (NY): Runs U.S.#1 at 3k in 9:52.27 at Yale - Saratoga Springs (NY): Runs U.S.#1 in DMR with an 11:48.88 time - Audrey West (WY): Leaps 18' 10.5" at BYU in the triple jump- Chalonda Goodman (GA): Sprints U.S.#2 200m time of 24.56 @ KTC- Karen Shump (PA): PRs in shot put with U.S. #1 mark of 50-03.25
NSSF founder Jim Spier leads the NIN move to Boston in '09With Wednesday's announcement that Nike Indoor Nationals was moving from its current location in Maryland to the Reggis Lewis Center in Boston, MileSplit's National Editor Scott Bush discussed the meet, a bit of history and the impact of the move with NSSF founder Jim Spier.
Dylan Ferris (NC) stars at the KTC Track Classic (TN) this weekend(Photo by John Herzog)Elite level sprint, hurdle and distance races highlight this weekend's calendar of events. A handful of meets bring together some of the top competition nationally to square off head-to-head. See which meets will rule the weekend in our weekend preview.Highlight Meets of the WeekendKTC Indoor Classic (TN) - Stacked with talent, the KTC Classic will showcase such athletes as Dylan Ferris (NC), Jacquelyn Coward (TN), William Wynne (GA) and Chalonde Goodman (GA) to name a few. The sprints are the highlight of the event.New Balance Games (NY) - Two elite high school mile races and the main match-up of Dalilah Muhammed (NY) v. Chanelle Price (PA) make the New Balance Games a meet to keep an eye on once again. The Muhammed v. Price match-up could yield a national record in the 500m.Yale Track Classic (CT) - While many of the top distance stars will be in New York for the weekend, many top distance runners travel to Yale to show their stuff. The boys and girls DMR and 3k races are the featured events of the weekend.Asics Invitational (VA) - Wayne Davis (NC), the powerhouse team of New Bern (NC) & Peter Dorrell (VA) lead the way at Liberty University. While much of the attention nationally may draw towards the New Balance Games or KTC Indoor Classic, this meet may very well produce the same amount of elite marks.Carl Lewis Indoor Invitational (TX) - While only a handful of Texas stars will compete at this event, athletes like shot putter Alex Adams (TX) and LaRoya Johnson (TX) show that Texas has star athletes and a lot of depth.
The Reebok Boston Indoor Games officially announced their field for the Girls' Junior Invitational Mile on January 26. With the boys' announcement coming a week and a half ago, the girl's field proves to be equally as strong. What a weekend it will be in Boston and MileSplit will be there to cover all the action!Girls' Junior Invitational Mile- Caitlin Lane (NY): NY '07 state 1500m champion, 4-time qualifier- Jillian Smith (NJ): Boston Indoor Girls' Elite Mile runner-up in '07- Tori Pennings (NY): Member of DMR runner-up squad at NON in 2007- Keely Maguire (MA): 2007 New England 1600 meter champion- Mary Kate Champagne (NY): 3rd place in '07 NON two-mile run- Kristin Reese (NY): Member of 4x800m national champ. relay team- Sarah McCurdy (NY): 2007 NSIC 800 meter champion- Nicole Benson (IL): 2007 Illinois State cross country champion- Brianna Welch (NY): NY state class record-holder at 1000m- Jessica Parry (Canada): Canadian Youth record holder at 800 meters- Bridget Dahlberg (MA): 4th place in '07 NSIC mile
NIN is moving to Boston in 2009After a long-standing relationship with the Prince Georges Sports and Learning Complex (MD), the National Scholastic Sports Foundation (NSSF) decided to move Nike Indoor Nationals to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston (MA) starting in 2009. While this move may be confusing to some, founder Jim Spier explains in a statement he sent out today.
Chanelle Price and Dalilah Muhammad match up at 500m with the National Record at stake. The High School mile fields will once again be deep as a ticket to The 101st Millrose Games on the line. Throw in Elite men's and women's mile and over 200 high schools and you have the making of a yet another great Armory meet. HS GIRLS 500M FIELD HS GIRLS MILE FIELD HS BOYS MILE FIELD ELITE WOMEN'S 400M FIELD ELITE MEN'S 400M FIELD ELITE WOMEN'S MILE FIELD ELITE MENS MILE FIELD
Chris Derrick has high hopes for his 2008 track season Since the beginning of August, Chris Derrick (IL) has been on a tear, winning race after race, honor after honor, and along the way leading his team to state and national championships. On Tuesday, Chris won the Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year award. We caught up with Chris Tuesday night to get his thoughts on receiving such a fantastic honor and a few other hot topics.
Lissa Regets at the 2007 NCAA West Regional Championships - Photo courtesy Arizona State AthleticsSome people look at a challenge, and run the other way. Some look at a challenge as an obstacle to be overcome. That is, if others tell them it's possible. But a select few actually look for a challenge – and then grab it, attack it, and submit it to their will with skill, preparation, and perseverance. Most of us fit in the first two categories. Lissa (pronounced the way it's spelled), Regets; of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; is one of that rare breed who is always looking for something new to master.
Chris Derrick (IL): The Gatorade National Boys Cross Country ROYThe Gatorade Player of the Year program announced Tuesday morning that Chris Derrick is the 2007-2008 National Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Chris ran lights out all season long, picking up nine course records, Illinois state team and individual titles, NTN team and individual titles and a second place finish at Foot Locker Nationals. Congratulations Chris!
Dan Kwiatkowski and Karen Shump (PA) lead the nation in the shot (Photos from PennTrackXC.com)What a weekend it was! Throughout the country, over a dozen new U.S. #1's were produced. A handful of performances really stood out, led by Wayne Davis' (NC) 60m hurdle win at the Arkansas Invitational and Jeremy Rankins' (CO) 60m dash win at Ft. Collins. Both athletes ran top-five all-time marks in their respective events. See our extra analysis of the weekend and what's to come this week.
Reese sets US #2 in 1,000 By Christopher Hunt photos by Derek Alvez Her coach Eric Schwark didn’t just ask her if she felt good. He asked if she felt “dominant.”She said yes. Carmel’s Kristin Reese felt dominant. And she showed it. The cold she struggled with finally dissipated. Reese could breathe now. So Reese didn’t hesitate when she took over the 1,000 meters after two lap and a half laps. Her stride was steady and powerful like the current of a steam of water. This was the Kristin Reese people had been waiting to see all season. It was the Kristin Reese that, well, Kristin Reese has been waiting to see all season. She won the 1,000 at the Molloy Stanner Games in 2 minutes, 53.50 seconds, the 2nd-fastest time in the United States this season. FULL STORY HERE RESULTS FROM STANNER GAMES HOME PAGE
US #1 Girls 4x800 - Westfield VA 9:22.90 Photo by John HerzogA total of seven US top ten performances were produced in day one event on Friday at the CNU Showcase in Newport News, Virginia led by a US #1 from the Westfield VA girls in the 4x800 meter relay of 9:22.90. Westfield had a 2:15 anchor leg split from Tasia Potasinski to pull away from Midlothian, who finished with a US #4 time of 9:33.03. The Landstown girls ran a US #1 on a flat track and US #3 overall in the 4x200 meter relay as their top legs of Cierra McGee and Marlena Wesh were able to pull their team ahead after a stiff challenge from Western Branch.The Western Branch girls had a very successful first day at CNU as Jessie Gaines clocked in at a US #4 performance of 7.06 in the 55 meter dash finals, while Ermesha Fair leaped to a US #3 mark of 18-7.The field events were rockin' at the Freeman Center as the fast section of the boys 4x800 meter relay had to take a backseat to the lone competitors left in the boys high jump and girls pole vault with Chris Copeland of Lakeland having three close misses at 6'10" in the high jump after clearing 6'6" and 6'8" on his first attempts, while Atlee junior Emma Dejarnette soared to her first clearance ever of 12 feet as she now ranks just outside of the top ten in the event currently. The Eastern Region now has three girls ranked in the top ten nationally in the 55 meter hurdles as Grassfield junior Chantal Luedeke's 8.25 win in Friday's finals moves her to a US #7 position joining other Eastern Region hurdlers Charisse Bryant of Green Run (US #6 8.23) and Jessie Gaines of Western Branch (US #10 8.27) to be ranked among the nation's best.CNU Showcase - Friday Results US #1 Girls 4x800 - Westfield 9:22.90US #2 Boys HJ - Chris Copeland (Lakeland) 6-8 US #3 Girls 4x200 - Landstown 1:43.66 (US #1 flat track)US #3 Girls LJ - Ermesha Fair (Western Branch) 18-7 US #4 Girls 55 - Jessie Gaines (Western Branch) 7.06 US #4 Boys 4x200 - Western Branch 1:30.59 (just off own US #4 1:30.39)US #4 Girls 4x800 - Midlothian 9:33.03 US #7 Girls 55H - Chantal Luedeke (Grassfield) 8.25US #11 Girls PV - Emma Dejarnette (Atlee) 12-0More coverage to come from CNU including photos, videos, and interviews!
**Wayne Davis (NC) Runs 7.63 in the 60m hurdles at the Arkansas H.S. Invitational Saturday. His time puts him only .01 off of the high school record!!! **Jeremy Rankin (CO) runs 6.64 in the 60m dash at the Ft. Collins All-Comer Meet. This time ranks Rankin fourth on the all time lists!!!Big meets lead the way this weekend (1/11 - 1/13), with championship caliber match-ups happening from Arkansas to New Hampshire to New York to Louisiana. Keep checking back as the weekend progresses to see just what schools and individuals stand out this weekend.Top Girls Highlights- La Salle (RI) runs US#1 in SMR at Dartmouth in 4:12.01- Hannah Davidson (NY) wins Molloy Stanner mile in 4:55.05, three more under 4:57!- Skyline (TX) runs U.S.#1 4x200m relay in 1:40.20 at Arkansas- Victoria Jordan (TX) U.S.#1 in 7.52 in 60m dash at Arkansas- Chanelle Price (PA) runs 2:10.20 (800m) at the Colgate Games- Caitlin Lane (NY) wins Dartmouth mile in 4:55.25, leading four others under five minutes!Top Boys Highlights- Wayne Davis (NC) U.S.#1 in 60m hurdles at Arkansas in 7.63- Jeremy Rankin (CO) runs U.S. #1 6.64 in 60m dash at Ft. Collins- Isaiah Ward (IN) runs U.S.#1 in 800m at Indiana in 1:52.80- Merrimack (NH) runs 3:39.08 in SMR at Dartmouth for U.S.#1- Parker Doudreau (CT) wins 1000m in U.S.#1 2:28.93 at Molloy- Akinto Boone (NY) blazes 48.34 in the 400m at Arkansas- Fuqauwa Greene (NC) runs U.S.#1 in 200m at Arkansas in 21.76- Peter Dorrell (VA) runs 4:16.81 at Montgomery in mile
Jeff Demps, the US #2 returning at 100 meters and is also one of the top football prospects in the country. The 10.25 sprinter announced today on ESPNU that he will be attending the University of Florida in 2008. After many deliberations and visits he decided on UF over Tennessee and Kentucky.
Peter Dorrell (VA) a favorite in the mile at the Montgomery Inv.(Photo by John Herzog)The South finally jumps into the indoor action this weekend as the Arkansas H.S. Inv. hosts some top talent from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. On the east coast, the Molloy Stanner Games have a handful of showcase distance events, while the Dartmouth Relays, Montgomery Inv. and CNU Showcase bring together the best of a numerous states. See what's in store this weekend.
In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade has announced its 2007-08 Boys & Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year. Gatorade and RISE teamed up to name State Boys & Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award winners representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Danbury's (CT) Willie Ahearn is primed for one final track seasonWillie Ahearn ran 4:18 in the mile last week at the Hispanic Games, placing second in a very competitive field. Ahearn's performance continued his success that he has seen for the past few years. One of the senior leaders on the NTN fifth place Danbury (CT) squad, Ahearn took some time to answer a few questions and give us an outlook on his final prep track season.
Ryann Krais (PA) may set the heptathlon national record in '08(Photo by Vic Sailor)Each year new superstars of the sport take grab of their respective event(s) and push themselves to the limit in hopes of achieving eternal greatness. From time to time a national record is broken and that athlete's name is etched in the record books. This year a handful of athletes have a shot to re-write the record books, making their name one to remember for some time.
Chaminade (NY) runs U.S. #2 in 4x800m relay with a 7:57.13 effort**New U.S. #1 - Boys & Girls (NY) blaze 3:51.44 to beat Benjamin Cardoza's (NY) 3:51.81 in the girl's 4x400m relay.Many of the top teams in New York took to the Armory Wednesday night in hopes of qualifying for the Millrose Games. The Millrose Games Trials once again produced many U.S. top ten marks in various relay events, including a new U.S. #1 mark by Boys and Girls (NY) in the girls 4x400m relay, where they won in 3:51.44.
Global Athletics officially announced today the elite boys mile field for the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on January 26. The mile field may very well be the best boys mile field assembled during the indoor track season, with four of the top five finishers at Foot Locker Nationals participating and four of the top six returnees in the event from last spring. Elite Boys Mile Field- Mike Fout (IN) - Foot Locker National champion- Charles White (CO) - 2007 Indoor National Mile champ- Luke Puskedra (UT) - Fifth place FLN finisher- Colby Lowe (TX) - Fourth place FLN finisher- Chris Derrick (IL) - Second place FLN finisher- Mac Fleet (CA) - Top junior returnee; 4:08.09c as soph.- Joseph Franklin (FL) - 4:07.36 1600m in 2007- Cory Leslie (OH) - 7th at USATF Juniors in 2007; 4:09.47c mile- C.J. Brown (TX) - FLN qualifier in 2007 as a junior- Sintayehu Taye (MA) - 2007 Indoor National Mile runner-up
Photo by John Herzog The invite mile race at Saturday's Montgomery Invitational in Landover, Maryland is not an automatic qualifier for the Millrose Games high school mile. But when a total of six sub 4:20 milers get together, the winning performance is bound to have at least one runner Madison Square Garden-bound. Peter Dorrell leads a solid group of Virginians in the 15 person field as two-time state champion at 1600 meters with a 4:15 best against a talented contigent of runners from outside of Virginia.
Matt Terry of Danbury (CT) has high hopes for this springRunning as one of the top runners in his state of Connecticut and one of the top runners and senior captain of his Danbury squad, Matt Terry is the perfect picture of what a team leader should be. We talked with Terry about his team's fall campaign, what his goals are for this track season, and a few other tidbits to learn more about this great leader.
Nick Vena (Morristown, NJ) set the freshman national indoor record in the shot put Monday evening with a throw of 61-01.5" at the Morris County Relays. Vena's mark bests Oklahoma great Kevin Bookout's record of 60-00. Vena has continually improved his marks this season and it seemed only a matter of time before he earned the top spot.
Jacquelyn Coward (TN) opens up her field in impressive fashionWhat a weekend it was during the first week of the high school indoor track and field season in the year 2008. While MileSplit will continue our "Running Around the Nation" weekend recap each week, we also plan to bring you a weekly Monday News & Notes section to recap some of the key highlights with extra analysis and give you a feel for the week ahead.Stop Inside For...- Jacquelyn Coward's (TN) impressive big meet opener in the hurdles- Further Reno Pole Vault Summit analysis- Big performances in Maryland from Virginia and Maryland athletes- Erik Kynard (OH) breaks the seven foot barrier in the high jump- Vince McNally (PA) and Kyle Merber (NY) earn their way to Millrose- A trio of top meets kick-off the competitive season in TX, LA and AR
Boys Article - Girls Article VIDEO - Boys Mile - Boys 2 Mile - Girls 4x200m - Girls 400m - Boys 400m - Boys 4x200m PHOTO GALLERY - 1000 Pictures MEET RESULTS HERE - extras added Tuesday - complete results in every event except 200m, which is coming Wednesday, Coverage on NJ RUNNERS.COM - VIDEO COMING....Girls 4x800m - Boys 4x800m - plus Interviews BENJAMIN CARDOZO, NY - US LEADERS IN THE 4X800M photo by wingedfootfotos.com
Based on his 4:08.99 mile at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in June, 2007, Conestoga Valley senior Vince McNally has received and accepted an invitation to race in the prestigious Boys' Mile at the 101st Millrose Games on February 1 at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
A few high profile meets took place this weekend, with many performances standing out in the crowd nationally. Meets from coast to coast marked this weekend's action, with the high points coming at the Hispanic Games in New York City, the NC Opener in North Carolina and the Reno Pole Vault Summit in Nevada. See what took place.Girls Top Performances- Shade Weygandt (TX) vaults 13-07 at Reno Pole Vault Summit- Emily Lipari (NY) wins Hispanic Games elite mile in 4:56.71- Jacinda Evans (NC) leaps 19-02.75 (LJ) & 36-11 (TJ) in N.C. OpenerBoys Top Performances- Nico Weiler (CA) vaults 17-03 at Reno Pole Vault Summit- Kyle Merber (NY) wins Hispanic Games elite mile in 4:15.13- N.C.'s Dylan Ferris (2:33.59 1k) & Patrick Campbell (9:14.23) run well- T.J. Graham (NC) opens season with 6.33 55m dash- Western Branch (VA) runs 1:30.39 in the 4x200 in Maryland
Two Long Island Runners Are Millrose Bound! By Christopher HuntShe got swallowed by the crowd, disappeared in sea of legs and elbows. But then the leaders started to fall apart and drop back. That’s when Roslyn’s Emily Lipari emerged, suddenly in a battle with Lillian Greibesland of Warwick Valley. Lipari zipped ahead with a lap remaining. Then Greibesland pulled even on the backstretch while Lipari squeezed every inch out of the stride on her 5-foot frame. FULL STORY HERE photo wingedfootfotos.com
The Hispanic Games (NY) should produce fast times this weekendOnce again the national track and field scene continues to warm up, each weekend presenting more attractive competition to the national audience. This weekend a few meets standout for a variety of reasons. See which meets deserve your attention.
Despite the medium amount of meets on the east coast taking place already this winter, January and February generally tend to be a time to build towards competition form for most high school track and field athletes. One of the key ways athletes can get in shape is core training. Read what MileSplit says on core training.
Chanelle Price (PA) is one to watch in 20082007 was a year of highlights in track and field and cross country. With an incredibly exciting fall under our belts, we look forward to the 2008 track and field season and what can happen. Here are our top ten athletes/events to watch in 2008.
2007 was a great year for the MileSplit Nation, but with 2008 finally here we promise you even better meet coverage, profiles, features and interviews. The '07-'08 track and field season heats up over the next few weeks and MileSplit.us plans on heating up as well. Keep checking back over the coming days for more information.
Five-time PA shot put state champion Karen Shump of Penncrest, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Oklahoma where she will compete for a program with dozens of Olympians in their history.