Results from around the nation: (New results being posted all week!)
Spartan Throws Invite: Davis Fraker, McIntosh GA, won the 35lb weight throw event with a monster throw of 65-8.25 to break the 10-year-old prep record of 64-00.25, set by Josh McCaughey in 2000. Akil Mills, Grayson, won the 25lb weight throw with a heave of 72-6.50. Brett Hardin, Harrison, was 2nd with a toss of 69-9. Shelby Ashe, St. Pius X, won the shot put with a 40-3.50 and the weight throw with a 57-5.75. Caleb Whitener, East Paulding, broke into the top-10 with a US#9 59-4.25.
Georgetown Prep Private & Independent Schools Invite: William Kellogg, DeMatha Catholic, won the boys 500 meter run with a swift 1:05.14 to take US#2 in the event. He was followed by Nick Letourneau, Georgetown Prep, 1:06.14. Billy Ledder, Gonzaga, blazed a US#1 1600 meter run with a time of 4:13.42. Lacey Shuman, Maryvale Prep, won the high jump with a mark of 5-8. She is already US#1 in the event at 5-10. Kristen Brown, McDonogh, won the 55 meter hurdles with a US#3 time of 8.01.
VA Southeastern District Indoor T&F Champs: Taylor Sykes, Great Bridge, blazed the 500 meter dash to put up a big-time US#1 with a time of 1:05.02. Indian River won the 4x200 meter relay with a time of 1:31.74. Jeremy Greenwald, Grassfield, won the 1600 meter run in 4:19.98 and finished 2nd in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:35.05. George Matais, Western Branch, won the 1000 with a time of 2:34.98. Jazmen Townsend, Grassfield, won the long jump and improved her US#4 mark to 19-3. Keilah Tyson, Western Branch, won the 55 meter dash with a blazing 7.00 for a 3-way tie at US#2. Qualitra Brown, Kings Fork, won the 300 meter dash with a time of 40.73. Amanda Smith, Grassfield, won the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:59.91.
NY Section 9 Class Champs: Aisling Cuffe, Cornwall, won the 3000 meter run with a US#3 performance of 9:47.07. She also won the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:42.66. TJ Servino, Monroe-Woodbury, won the weight throw with a US#6 mark of 66-10.25. Randy Patterson, Newburgh, won the 600 meter dash with a time of 1:22.64.
NY Section 1 Class B Champs: Nicole Cummings, Peekskill, won the long jump with a mark of 18-9. She is currently US#2 with a mark of 19-6.5.
Florida Elite All-Comers: The outdoor season has begun in Florida with some big marks from Octavious Freeman, Lake Wales. Freeman won the 60 meter dash with a blazing 7.50, which would be US#2 indoors. Freeman also won the 300 meter dash with a time of 40.34. flrunners.com write-up
NJ Sectionals: North 1 boys: Curtis Richburg, West Orange, went 4:14.43 for 1600 and 9:32.53 in the 3200. Central boys: Corey Abernathy, West Windsor North, won the shot with a US#6 60-10.5. Mark Jones, Summit, won the high jump with a 6-10 to match his US#2 performance. South boys: Jonathan Vitez, Haddonfield, won the 1600 (4:26.93) and the 3200 (9:45.29). South girls: Already US#4, Michelle Brown, Seneca, won the 400 meter dash with a time of 56.29, the 55 meter dash in 7.32, and anchored the 4x400 team to the win with a time of 4:04.27. Full Results/ Coverage/ Photos Here!!
ME Class A Indoor State Champs: Will Geohagen, Brunswick, posted a nice double with a 800 meter run win in 1:57.94 and the One mile run with a time of 4:19.94. Mike Slovenski, Brunswick, won the pole vault with a height of 15-2. Maria Curit, Biddeford, won the 200 meter dash in 26.56 and the 400 meter dash in 58.86. Brunswick won the boys team title while Scarsborough won their 6th straight girls title. Full Coverage Here!
Region IV Indoor T&F Champs: Kathleen and Joanna Stevens, Blacksburg VA, continue their indoor tear, running a pair of US#1-2 times in the 1600 meter run. Kathleen won the race in a US#1 time of 4:48.76 and Joanna was 2nd with a US#2 time of 4:49.61.
Boston University Valentine Invitational: Whitney Fountain, Christopher Columbus NY, won the 200 meter dash with a stellar 23.60 to take over US#1 in the event. Whitney won the 55 meter dash as well with a US#4 time of 7.00.
USATF Cross Country Championships: Walter Schafer, Cherry Creek CO, finished 2nd in the boys Junior race behind Trevor Dunbar, (Kodiak AK) U of Portland, who won in 24:04. Ammar Moussa, Arcadia CA, was 6th, the final qualifying spot. Emily Sisson, Parkway Central MO, ran an impressive race to finish 2nd in the Junior girls race behind Shelby Greany, (Suffern NY) Providence College. Article on Trevor Dunbar | Article on Ammar Moussa | Article on Emily Sisson | Article on Walter Schafer
PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival: Carlton Lavong, Methacton PA, won the long jump with a monster leap of 24-11 to improve on his US#1 and take the All-Time #14 spot in the event indoors. More to come! Carlton Lavong Video Interview | Brady Gehret Video Interview (Photo by Don Rich) PennTrackXC On-Site
Great Southwest Indoor Classic: Featuring teams from NM, CO, CA, and TX. Freshman Heather Bates (Pine Creek, CO) won both the 800 meter run (2:24.75) and the mile (5:20.62). Warrick Campbell (Sr., Highland, NM) also doubled winning the 200 meter dash in 22.68 and the triple jump (45-04.50)
Rhode Island State Championships: PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Bishop Hendricken, the Nike Cross-Country National Northeast Regional Champion, used its talented distance core to perfection on Saturday afternoon and cruised to its 19th consecutive team title at the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Track & Field Championships.
Accumulating nearly half their total points in the 1,000- to 3,000-meter runs, the Hawks easily defeated second-place La Salle Academy, 98-40. “I predicted it would be a close meet, but La Salle didn’t have the breaks that I thought they would have and we made the most of everything we had,” said Hendricken coach Jim Doyle. “They far exceeded my expectations and we had outstanding performances. That’s what winning a state championship is about.”
The Hawks set the tone from the start by snaring the first four placements in the 3,000-meter run. Jake Sienko and teammate Brian Doyle, both among the top distance runners nationally, broke from a tight pack just passed the mile mark (4:39) and ran within a stride of each other the remainder of the way. Coming down the final straightaway, the two seniors mutually agreed on who would earn the individual tile with Doyle taking the prize in 8:54.50 and Sienko right behind at 8:54.60. “Our goal was to go one through four as a team,” said Sienko, who ranks No. 5 on the U.S. list with a best of 8:39.70. “We were running with each other and kind of slowed down at the end…New England (Championships) and nationals, that’s what we’re focusing on. It was definitely a team thing today.”
“He has been pushing me, but he could have run 8:35,” said Doyle (US #10, 8:43.13) about Sienko. “We definitely took it easy today.” The Hawks nearly had all four of their runners crack the nine-minute mark in the 3K with junior Ryan Meehan placing third (8:55.70) and senior Matt McKenzie crossing the line in fourth (9:00.25). Sienko came back an hour later and took third in the 1,500 with a 4:04.38 clocking. The race was won by East Greenwich senior Nick Ross, who unleashed a furious kick the final 200 to edge Cranston West’s Robert Allen at the finish. Ross was timed in 4:02 30 with Allen taking his runner-up position in 4:02.49. Both clockings are ranked among the top five nationally.
“Last year were hardly scored any points from the distance events; the sprinters were strong,” commented Jim Doyle, who squad also scored five points in the 1,000. “I said, ‘Hey, this year’s it’s your job to step up and get it done. I’m happy for them.”
La Salle senior Kadeem Kushimo was the only double-winner on the boys’ side, claiming victory in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 6 inches and also sizzling to a fast clocking of 6.46 in the 55 dash. He was also fifth in the 300 (37.00). Kushimo holds the hand-held state mark in the short sprint with a best of 6.1 earlier in the season. “I just worried about myself (in the race),” said the Rams’ speedster. “I got out of the blocks hard and came out with the victory, so I was excited about that.”
The versatile Kushimo was a surprise winner in the high jump where he defeated pre-meet favorite Steven Vasquez of Central Falls High (third, 6-2). Franklin Santos claimed the runner-up slot at 6-6, losing the title on more misses. “I was just so excited today, I thought I could do anything,” said Kushimo, who plans to compete in the New England Championships and the Nike Indoor Nationals in the next few weeks. “It was great. There was a lot of people here. It just got me so excited.”
Unlike the boys’ competition, the end result of the girls’ meet was a nail-biter as three-time defending champion La Salle held off Barrington High, 69-63. The Rams scored in all but two events for the afternoon. Barrington earned wins in the distance events with senior Sarah Barry capturing the 1,500 and the 1,000 and junior Abigail Jones breaking the tape in the 3,000. In the metric mile, Barry won by nearly 100 meters with an outstanding time of 4:39.61 (US #4). The Eagles’ distance ace held off La Salle’s Molly Keating in the 1,000 with a 3:00.56 clocking. Jones dipped below her personal best by less than a second in the 3,000 with a time of 10:16.20 (US #24).
CT Class L Champs: Rosa Moriello, Naugatuck, won the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:58.94. James Shirvell, Fitch, won the boys 1000 with a tight battle over Patrick Daly, New Canaan, 2:34.46 to 2:34.98.
CT Class M Champs: Jackie Nicholas, Nonnewaug, won the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:58.07. Career High won the SMR with a time of 4:17.41. Chris Bendtsen, Wolcott, won the 3200 in a tight battle with fellow Foot Locker Finalist John Raneri, New Fairfield, 9:19.87 to 9:20.80. Scott Ramponi, Nonnewaug, won the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:35.30.
CT Class LL & S Champs: Lindsay Crevoiserat, Glastonbury, won the Class LL 1000 meter run with a time of 2:54.71. Teyanna Green, Danbury, won the Class LL 300 meter dash with a time of 40.87. Ada Udaya, West Haven, won the Class LL 55 meter dash with a time of 7.17. Chris Fitzsimons, Hamden, won the Class LL 1000 meter run with a time of 2:34.15. Hamden won the Class LL SMR with a time of 3:38.05. Will Ricker, Old Lyme, won the Class S 1000 meter run with a time of 2:32.02. Northwest Catholic won the Class S 4x200 with a time of 1:33.24. Brian Magna, Canton, won the Class S 600 meter dash with a time of 1:23.44. Enig Bukalo, Derby, won the Class S shot put with a mark of 55-7.
LA HS Last Chance Qualifier: Tiffany George, Zachary, won the 55 dash with a time of 7.16. Malia Cali, St. Thomas Aquinas, won the 3200 meter run with a US#12 time of 10:51.11. Dwayne Houston, Northside, won the shot with a put of 56-9.25.
USATF Preview: A number of prep athletes will be competing this weekend in Spokane Washington, over hill and dale once again before the XC season officially wraps up. They will be stalking a berth on the USA junior team. Emily Sisson, Parkway Central MO, will be running, and looks mighty impressive, having run 9:25.70 for 3000 meters indoor this year at the Jayhawk Classic in KS. Also running is Molly Grabill, Rancho Bernardo CA, who most recently placed 12th in the Foot Locker XC Nationals. For the boys Shane Moskowitz, Central Kitsap WA, has the best credentials going in, with a very solid 3k/Mile double of 8:32.11 and 4:12.43 at the University of Washington Indoor Preview. Ammar Moussa, Arcadia CA, is also very fit, having run a 4:14.13 at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, placing 2nd. Erik Olson, Novato CA, is running, and has PR's of 14:54 for 5k and 8:55.06 for the 3200. Also running are Conner Peloquin, Gig Harbor WA, who has run 15:14.40 for 5k and Walter Schafer, Cherry Creek CO, who has run 15:20.70 for 5k.
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