Mayors Cup Hall of Fame (NY): Livingston drops US #6 all-time 600, US #1 from Jamaican born Brown Terrence Livingston of Great Neck South (NY) clocked in at a US #6 all-time performance of 1:19.48 in the 600 meter dash to set himself up for a highly anticipated race next weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Invite against the Hendrix twins of New Bern and US 400 meter leader Clayton Perros of New Jersey. (Read story by Chris Hunt of ArmoryTrack.com). Livingston was one of two US leading performances at the Armory this weekend as Jermaine Brown, an Jamaican import, has quickly put his name ontop of the national leaderboard in his short stay in the states with a US #1 33.78 clocking in the 300 meter dash. Lashawn Merritt Invitational (VA): Grassfield's Shepherd adds US #1 long jump to collection of big marks Grassfield (VA) senior Karimah Shepherd had already held the outright claim of the nation's best mark this season in the triple jump with a 40'6.50" performance three weeks ago at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Virginia. Shepherd showed this weekend that the long jump is an event, which she is equally skilled by becoming the first female prep in the country this season to leap over 20 feet. Shepherd had to defeat previous US leader Tiffany Harris at 19'10.50" in the process. A big surprise for the NC State bound Shepherd with her US #1 mark of 20'0.50" at Saturday's Lashawn merritt Invite as she had never been over 19 feet before with a previous all-time best of 18'7". University of Washington Invitational (WA): California girls blaze through the Northwest Ashton Purvis and Trinity Wilson stormed into the Northwest this weekend for the UW Invitational and proved exactly why they are considered as two of the top high school track athletes from one of the nation's best states for track and field. Competing against collegiate athletes, Purvis placed second in the 200 meter dash with a 24.00 clocking and posted a US #1 time in the 60 meter dash at 7.46. Only a high school freshmen, Wilson humbled the the college hurdlers at the meet by winning the 60 meter hurdles in a US #2 of 8.56. St. Christopher's Invitational (VA): US top 5 solo 3200 runs from Strehler & Dejarnette Friday night's 3200 meter races held at the one of the nation's finest indoor facilities found at a high school at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, VA had two race winners turn in impressive solo performances. Barbara Strehler, a UVA commitment from Trinity Episcopal School, broke 11 minutes for the first time in a US #5 time of 10:58.42. The state of Virginia appears to be the hotbed for boys two milers as Atlee senior Ben Dejarnette's US #4 performance of 9:12.83 now gives the state four of the nation's five fastest 3200 performers currently.
The New Bern boys from North Carolina continue to impress with an incredible indoor season of amazing relay performances topped most recently tonight at the KTC Indoor Track Classic in Tennessee as their 4x400 meter relay ran the #2 time ever in high school history on all sized tracks with a 3:13.24 performance on the oversized track at East Tennessee State. Their time was actually faster than the listed "national record" in the high school boys indoor 4x400 meter relay set by Muir High School in 1996 at 3:13.34, but Muir High School will keep their national record (for now) as they ran their time on a 200 meter indoor track which is the standard for all high school national record performances in the circular running events. The fastest oversized track perfomance belongs to Dallas Lincoln at 3:11.7, which puts the performance by the New Bern boys in perspective since they just ran the fastest high school 4x400 indoor time since the 1970 performance from the Dallas Lincoln squad. More results and news from Johnson City forthcoming...
An exciting night of high school action took place at the 102nd Millrose Games in New York. It was a big night in particular for the state of New Jersey as the two mile winners both came from the state with Jillian Smith of Southern Regional successfully defending her title from a year ago in 4:51.88, while Manalapan High's Robby Andrew dropped the hammer on the boys' field with a sub 60 second last for a 4:17.43 victory. The clash between the nation's top two 4x800 meter relays never materialized or at least there was not as much drama at the end as the Albemarle boys from Virginia took charge from the opening leg and never looked back as they scored an 8 second victory on the US leaders from Morris Hills in New Jersey (8:03.31) in a near meet record time of 7:54.59, which is an incredible performance on the short track at MSG. New Jersey prep Clayton Parros held his own against the professional runners in the men's 600 yard dash to finish third at 1:12.64. National leading performances are usually not expected at the Millrose Games, but the short track does not hurt the short straightaway races as shown by Devon Smith from Westlake High School in Maryland blazing a US #1 6.65 clocking in the 60 meter dash to win the junior race division.
Quite a few national caliber high school track stars will be headed to Tennessee this weekend for the KTC Indoor Track Classic held at East Tennessee State in Johnson City. The New Bern boys from North Carolina have been traveling all around as of late including trips to Arkansas, Virginia Tech, and the New York Armory and this weekend find themselves at ETSU with their US leading 4x400 meter relay and national ranked individual athletes. Their 4x400 meter relay will be looking to run ever closer to the high school national record of 3:13 after running 3:17.00 at Virginia Tech last weekend. The Hendrix twins, currently ranked #1 and #2 in the 500, will look to drop their 400 season best times further with Anthony at a US #2 time of 47.73 and Andrew at a US #3 time of 48.12. Teammate Fuquawn Greene is also a national leader in the 200 meter dash with his 21.39 season best. Greene will be racing in the 200 meter dash this weekend along with the 60 meter dash, which his 6.85 season best ranks him third in the US at this time. Chalonda Goodman, the returning Nike Outdoor Nationals champion in the 100 and 200 meter dash, makes her 2009 debut this weekend in the 200 meter dash. Goodman, a senior at Newnan High School in Georgia, has a personal best of 23.22 in the event. The national leader in the weight throw and US #5 in the shot put, Lauren Chambers, with her 58'4.75" season best in the weight throw, will make an attempt at the high school indoor national record in the event. Chambers, a Southern Cal commitment, qualified and competed on the US team at the World Junior Championships last summer. Also competing this weekend in Tennessee will be a teammate of Chambers from the 2008 World Juniors team in hurdler Jasmine Stowers from South Carolina. Another one of South Carolina's best is also making the trip to Johnson City in junior Briana Nelson, one of the nation's top returning 400 meter dash specialists with a 53.45 personal best and third place finish at Nike Outdoor Nationals last June. KTC Indoor High School Classic Performance List
Jillian Smith (Southern Regional, NJ) wins the girls mile for the 2nd straight year. Her former teammate Danielle Tauro had won the previous two years. Robby Andrews wins the boys mile with a huge last 400m.
After a sensational sophomore year which concluded with a World Youth Championships title in the 110 meter hurdles followed by national record breaking indoor season as a junior, Wayne Davis of Southeast Raleigh (NC) hit his first road block last spring in the outdoor season. It turned out the superhuman phenom was actually human as an ankle injury lingered with him throughout the spring and reached a breaking point literally at the USATF Junior Nationals as the initial sprain injury ended up becoming a fracture to end his year. As a result, Davis' hopes of a returning to the World stage against the top junior hurdlers on the planet were lost. In an exclusive interview with MileSplit US though, Davis reveals that the injury may have been a blessing in disguise as it has forced him to pace himself better and re-adjust his training for his senior year, which should set himself to be healthy and finish strong this summer. He certainly does not appear to be behind schedule as his US #1 clocking of 7.09 last weekend at the Virginia Tech Invite puts him only a hundredth of a second off his US #2 all-time performance of 7.08 from last year's meet despite having trained for a significantly less period prior compared to 2008 at this points. The North Carolina high school track star returns to Virginia for a second straight weekend for the Lashawn Merritt Invitational on Saturday being held at the new Boo Williams Sportslex in Hampton.
The 102nd Millrose Games will be shown live on ESPN2 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Friday night with the high school mile races expected to be shown. The mile races are always the premier high school events in the meet, but this year will have other events gaining attention including a showdown between the nation's fastest two 4x800 meter relays in the Morris Hills boys of New Jersey (US #1 7:46) and Albemarle (US #2 7:49) of Virginia. Another event to look forward to is the mens' 600 yard dash which will feature current US 400 leader Clayton Parros competing against older professional athletes. Preview forthcoming.
Two-time Foot Locker Nationals champion Jordan Hasay of California was just named as the 2008-2009 Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. A easy selection as the senior from Mission College Prep in San Luis Obispo, California became the first two-time Foot Locker Nationals champion to have won her second title after a two year drought from her first national title as a freshmen to cap off a stellar high school cross country career on a high note. Hasay defeated one of the greatest girls' fields ever assembled for the Foot Locker Finals at Balboa Park in San Diego as the race featured two other previous champion along with Hasay in Florida's Ashley Brasovan and Tennessee's Kathy Kroeger.
(Photo by wingedfootphotos.com) Seton Hall Prep (NJ) senior Clayton Parros entered the current indoor season as the nation's fastest returning 400 meter sprinter from last winter. Parros also set himself up to be looked upon as one of the nation's best coming back for 2009 after his 47.20 clocking to make the finals of the 400 meter dash at the USATF Junior Nationals last June. With a recent US #1 performance of 47.58 at the New Balance Games, the UNC recruit Parros appears to be on the right path of reaching some of his big goals this year including breaking the New Jersey state record and qualifying for the World Juniors team in the 400 meter dash. While the Millrose Games will have some exciting high school races, the 12th grader Parros will be competing on the banked track at Madison Square Garden this weekend against professional athletes in the rarely contested 600 yard race. MileSplit US interviewed the nation's top ranked high school athlete at 400 meters prior to his first race against pro competition.
Chaminique Frances as a national leader in the 300 and 400 meter dash has the Benjamin Cardozo girls of New York out in front this indoor season as the top ranked team in the country. In close pursuit though is the Eleanor Roosevelt girls coming off a successful weekend at Virginia Tech including victories in the 55 meter dash, 300 meter dash, 500 meter dash, and 1000 meter run to along with a US #1 performance in the 4x200. (Photo by wingedfootphotos.com) MileSplit US National Girls Indoor Track Team Rankings as of January 27th. These rankings were calculated by scoring our event database rankings as a meet. We took the individual rankings and relay rankings and scored them as a normal meet: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
With the nation's fastest 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays as the Hendrix twins leading the charge as some of the top ranked individuals at the 400 and 500 meter distance, New Bern of North Carolina is currently ranked as the #1 team in the country this indoor season. (Photo by Brandon Miles) MileSplit US National Indoor Track Team Rankings as of January 27th. These rankings were calculated by scoring our event database rankings as a meet. We took the individual rankings and relay rankings and scored them as a normal meet: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. These rankings are only as good as the results that we receive, so if you notice any missing performances, please contact us and email us those missing results to make our team rankings more accurate.
Clayton Parros from Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey was the nation's top returning 400 meter runner from last year's indoor season as a 48.26 performer in 2008. Parros appears to not mind the bull's eye being on him as shown with an indoor personal best and US #1 performance of 47.48 at the New Balance Games this past weekend. MileSplit US will on a weekly basis list the 12 of the most jaw-dropping performances from the previous week's high school track & field meets across the country. This past weekend featured plenty of new US #1's as well US all-time performances up and down the East Coast.
Despite losing their head coach and several key legs due to graduation from last year, the Eleanor Roosevelt girls still find a way to rise to the top on the national leaderboard in the relays as shown with their 1:38.27 clocking in the 4x200 meter relay at the Virginia Invitational, which could stay as the #1 time for quite some time. The state of Maryland produced 3 US #1 performances this weekend in Blacksburg including Afia Charles of Eleanor Roosevelt beating two previous US #1 leaders in the 500 meter dash (1:14.69) and Saniel Atkinson of Bishop McNamara now sharing the top performance in the high jump at 5'9". (Photo by Brandon Miles) 5 New US #1 Leaders Girls 4x200 - Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) 1:38.27 Girls 4x400 - Bethel (VA) 3:48.91 Girls 4x800 - Southern Regional (NJ) 9:07.67 Girls 500 - Afia Charles (Eleanor Roosevelt MD) 1:14.69 Girls High Jump - Saniel Atkinson (Bishop McNamara MD) 5'9"
Wayne Davis (NC) finished just off of his national record performance (7.06) from a year ago at Virginia Tech with a 7.09 clocking this past Saturday in Blacksburg, VA. (Photo by John Herzog) A total of 10 new US #1's this past weekend for boys. Six of which were produced at the Virginia Tech Invitational. Boys 300 - James Taylor (Nansemond River VA) 33.88 Boys 3200 - Tyler Stutzman (Western Albemarle VA) 9:05.58 Boys 400 - Clayton Parros (Seton Hall Prep NJ) 47.58 Boys 4x400 - New Bern (NC) 3:17.00 Boys 4x800 - Morris Hills (NJ) 7:46.54 Boys 500 - Anthony Hendrix (New Bern NC) 1:03.48 Boys 55H - Wayne Davis (Southeast Raleigh NC) 7.09 Boys 800 - Sadiki White (Allentown NJ) 1:52.40 Boys SMR - Washington Township (NJ) 3:30.84 Boys Triple Jump - David Wilson (George Washington VA) 49'4.50"
The Millrose Games this upcoming weekend at the Madison Square Garden will feature the nation's fastest two high school boys' 4x800 meter relays. The mile races are typically the highlight of the high school portion of the Millrose Games, but this year's 4x800 meter relay could trump the individual races with a highly anticipated matchup between US #1 Morris Hills of New Jersey and US #2 Albemarle of Virginia.
Morris Hills didn’t have a goal in mind time-wise. They wanted t run fast. Mission accomplished.
Charlene Lipsey pounded her chest with her right hand. The adrenaline hadn’t subsided yet. The motion displayed an affirmation of the Hempstead senior’s heart, although she didn’t really need another display. Her race said enough.
Boys 500 - The Hendrix twins from New Bern (NC) teamed up to roll to US all-time bests with Anthony Hendrix as the winner at US #1 time of 1:03.48. Boys 300 - Nansemond River senior James Taylor has had the performance so far on the second day events as he powered his way around the banked turns in the 300 meter dash with a US #15 all-time clocking of 33.88 to even the score with Great Bridge's Taylor Sykes from a loss two weeks ago in the same event. Taylor returned quickly back to action to win the 55 meter dash and long jump as well. Girls 4x200 - Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) girls romp seeded section with a new US #1 and meet record time of 1:38.27. Bethel took second with 1:40.53 to establish themselves convicingly as the state leaders in the relay event. Boys 4x200 - Western Branch boys clocked the first sub 1:30 performance of the season in Virginia as 1:29 winners on the banked track in Blacksburg. Girls 1000 - Eleanor Roosevelt's Amirah Johnson led wire to wire in the 1000 meter run with Midlothian's Paige Johnston running on her heels through. Johnson won in a US #3 time of 2:54 with Johnston as well at 2:54 at a US #4 performance. Boys 1000 - After anchoring the Albemarle boys to a US #1 time in the 4x800 last night, Anthony Kostelac of Albemarle pulled away on the final lap for a US top 5 performance of 2:31 to win the 1000 meter run. Girls 300 - Aurielleyall Scott of Eleanor Roosevelt clocked a US #2 time of 38.95 to become only the second high school girl to break 39 seconds this year in the country. Girls 4x400 - A dropped baton by favorites Eleanor Roosevelt early in the race opened the door for the Bethel girls to take charge and they slammed the door shut on ER by clocking in at US #1 and VA #2 all-time performance of 3:48.
Albemarle and New Bern boys clash in the 4x800 never materialized with a 1:55 first leg from Zachary Vrhovac and weak leg from New Bern as the Patriots rolled to a US #1 and VA #3 all-time indoor performance of 7:49.88. David Wilson of George Washington, the defending Nike Indoor Nationals champion went a US #1 mark of 49'4.50". With the Stevens twins running two impressive sub 2:20 splits on third and fourth legs, the Blacksburg girls posted a US #4 and state leading time of 9:27.33 in the 4x800 meter relay. The girls triple jump was arguably the event of the evening on Friday with 3 US top 5's and a winner over 40 feet. Virginians Chaneka Perry of Menchville (3rd, 39'10") and Jasia Richardson of J.R. Tucker (4th, 39'2.50") both went over 39 feet. Tyler Stutzman and Bobby Peavey put on a show for the final race of the day as two battled it out to the end to produce the nation's fastest two times at 3200 meters with Stutzman as the winner at 9:05.58 and Peavey as runner-up at 9:08.48. Patrick Henry of Roanoke's Phillip Mesadieu improved upon his state leading mark in the shot put with a 53'10" personal best at Tech. Mountain View's Kaitlyn Davis ran away from the field in the seeded section of the girls 3200 with a PR time of 11:13. Jon Hill, one of the nation's best high jumpers from Walkersville High in Maryland, won the event as expected at a height of 6'8", but the bigger story in the high jump was the Rich Roethel, new transfer at Herndon, who cleared 6'7" in running shoes to take runner-up and emerge as new state title contender. Virginia Tech Invitational - Day 1 Results
This week's How They Train features Great Neck South's Terrance Livingston. How They Train is designed to give an in-depth look at how runners just like you train around the state. Since there is no uniform formula, we decided to find out yours.
Footlocker finalist Alex Dunne has chosen Stanford University. Story inside!
North Allegheny is a team of tradition. Senior Will Appman was selected by this year's team to share the story of their high expectations, a disappointment at States, and redemption in Portland. First of three parts...
Another weekend, another big Armory meet. The New Balance Games promises to have more national leaders, meet records, and excitement once again. Tune is for the webcast all day long, from 9am to 9pm.
Gatorade State XC POY: Trevor Dunbar (AK), Joash Osoro (ND) and Evan Appel (CO), pictured left to right, are three of the Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year.
Duke bound Juliet Bottorff, of Tatnall, DE, who clocked 4:59.60 to win the mile at the Yale Track Classic over the weekend, is one of nine girls named to the prestigious high school mile field for the upcoming Millrose Games. Jillian Smith (NJ) returns to defend her crown.
Great Neck senior Terrance Livingston makes no secrets about his plans for the season.“To be honest with you, I want two national records,” he said.
Council Rock (PA) senior Tory Worthen cleared a Pennsylvania best 12-6 (US #3) in the pole vault Friday night at Lehigh University
Gatorade State XC POY: Lindsay Flanagan (IL), Melanie Thompson (NJ) and Jordan Hasay (CA), pictured left to right, are three of the Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year announced today.
There would be no ceremonial glassware or automatic invitation to the Millrose Games, the spoils heaped upon the victor of the annual Hispanic Games mile. However, Doug Smith did not depart the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory empty handed last Saturday. In fact, the Gil-St. Bernard’s star headed back to New Jersey with something far more valuable – his confidence.
Cardozo runs US#1 3:51.55 4x4, Farrell over Fordham Prep 7: 54-7:55 as 6 CHSAA teams run under 8:04, Newburgh, NY boys runs 3:21 as does Rahway, NJ.
Melbourne's Brian Atkinson had a stellar Junior Cross Country Season winning back to back 4A State titles and posting a PR 15:11 while winning the Nike Southeast Regional in the post-season. His fellow "Project Bulldogs" had a great season as well, finishing 2nd at State and was Florida's top boys team finishing 8th at the Nike Southeast Regional.
Photo by Andy Paisley The Southeastern District is currently the home of the nation's #1 ranked boys triple jumper in Jeffrey Artis of Western Branch as well as national leader on the girls' side with Karimah Shepherd of Grassfield. Artis had already established his name last year as the multi-event athlete helped lead his team to indoor and outdoor track state titles, but Shepherd's name still was not mentioned often enough among the group of top jumpers in the despite being the only Virginian to leap up over 40 feet in the triple jump in 2008. Its safe to say that all in Virginia in know her name now and many across the nation are learning about Shepherd as well as she just leaped to her second 40 foot mark of the season in the triple jump at this past Saturday's Southeastern Invitational in Hampton. Read more...
Cardozo has a new star. Her name is Chamique Francis and she’s making sure that people remember it. Francis, a sophomore, won the invitational 400 meters Saturday at the Hispanic Games in 55.48, the fastest time in the United States so far this season.
Marco Bertolotti spread his arms wide when the crossed he finish line. It was a meek celebration for a spectacular victory. The Port Washington junior could have just as easily been spreading his arms to hug the first person that would have him.
A freshman class record in Arkansas and a plethora of US #1 performances highlighted a great weekend of track around the nation.
The 15th Annual Hispanic Games promises to be yet another amazing invitational this year. With Millrose Games automatic qualifying spots on the line and great battles scheduled in all event.
The power went off at the UMES Coach O Invitational on Saturday to interrupt the meet temporarily, but meet management did not need to call in a electrician to restore the power to the facility. All they had to do was call on Western Branch senior Jeffrey Artis (pictured right by John Herzog) and a US #1 mark in the triple jump to electrify the building. "It was on my last jump. We had four jumps, but unfortunately the power went out during my first two jumps, but the power came back on for my third and fourth." Talk about poise. Despite the annoyance of the power outage, Artis leaped to a national leading mark in the triple jump of 49'0.75". He bettered the previous US #1 mark by a whole foot with his performance. Read more...
As 2008 disappears in the rear view mirror, we will be counting down what we felt were the 10 best performances of 2008. Today we revisit the top moment of the year as voted by our staff and webmasters.
As 2008 disappears in the rear view mirror, we will be counting down what we felt were the 10 best performances of 2008. Today we revisit the moment voted as #2 by our staff and webmasters.
It didn't take long for Mason Finley, pictured above from last spring's Colorado state meet, to put his imprint on a new season.
Erik Kynard soars to a leap of 7'2.5" in the high jump to set the current US #1 mark in that event, and besting the rest of the US by over six inches. (Photo by Mike Fernandez)
As 2008 disappears in the rear view mirror, we will be counting down what we felt were the 10 best performances of 2008. Today we revisit the moment voted as #3 by our staff and webmasters.
As 2008 disappears in the rear view mirror, we will be counting down what we felt were the 10 best performances of 2008. Today we revisit the moment voted as #4 by our staff and webmasters.
Foot Locker All-American Kathy Kroeger announced yesterday that she will be heading to Stanford University. Ocean City (NJ) standout Brett Johnson, the nation's top returning miler, has committed to Virginia.