NB Boston Indoor GP: Haley Pierce, Craig Engels take Junior Miles

February, 4, 2012
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Pierce and EnglesJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSHaley Pierce DE and Craig Engles NC captured the girls and boys junior miles in Boston Saturday.
Coverage of the 2012 New Balance Boston Indoor Grand Prix
Sat., Feb. 4, 2012 - Reggie Lewis Center, Boston MA

LINKS: Meet's Own Page | LIVE RESULTS
PHOTO GALLERY: Haley Pierce, Craig Engels rally to win miles
PHOTO GALLERY: St. John Villa girls, Kellenburg boys take relay trophies back to New York
Finishing Kicks Win for Pierce, Engels - Story by SteveU

Watch the meet on ESPN2: Sun, Feb. 5, 2:00-4:00 PM

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Girls Jr Mile: Tatnall DE sr Haley Pierce took over with one lap to go for a US#2 4:48.59 victory, overtaking surprising leader Cayla Hatton (Phillips Acad. MA sr). Hatton had exploded into the lead after a slow first 200 and held it until the last lap, finishing 2nd in US#7 4:51.37. Ravenscroft NC jr Wesley Frazier kicked past two others for 3rd in US#8 4:52.18.
  • Boys Jr Mile: Ronald Reagan NC sr Craig Engels snatched the lead with 300 left and held on to win in US#3 4:13.70, with Marshfield MA sr Joel Hubbard kicking in the final 50 to 2nd in US#4 4:14.35. He was followed by Cary Acad. NC sr Thomas Graham US#6 4:14.75 and 2011 runner-up Chaminade NY sr Thomas Awad US#7 4:14.85.
  • Elite Women's 800: Neptune NJ sr Ajee Wilson improved her US#1 to 2:07.37 in taking 6th against the pros.
  • Girls 4x400: The Villa Bears TC (St. John Villa NY) won in a runaway with 3:57.88. They came in ranked US#6 with 3:55.81. The team score between the New York and New England teams was tied at 18 (XC-style scoring).
  • Boys 4x800: 5 teams broke 8:00, but at the front it was Firebird TC (Kellenberg NY) nipping Titan TC, 7:55.67 to 7:55.86. New York scored 18 to New England's 24 and won overall, 36-42.

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MILE PREVIEWS

Girls Mile: Don’t be surprised if the US#1 for this event goes down by the end of the night even though national leader Samantha Nadel (4:46.11) isn’t in the race. The top four contenders in this 12-girl field are an intriguing mix of girls running their first major individual race of the season vs. active participants in the busy East Coast circuit:

  • Ravenscroft NC jr Wesley Frazier: Having had more than her share of ups and downs, Frazier will be perhaps the most intriguing to watch here. Similar to 2010-11, Frazier has come off a disappointing XC season with promising track results. Last spring, those promising track results evolved all the way to an amazing triple at New Balance Outdoor, where she won the 5k and mile, and was 3rd with a PR in the 2M. Then this past November, she missed making what would have been her 3rd straight Foot Locker Finals. In January, however, she’s hit 1600s of 5:00.07 and 4:54.60 with little competition, showing she might be getting back to top form.
  • Tatnall DE sr Haley Pierce: The last time Frazier and Pierce met on the track, Frazier was winning the NBON 5k while pre-race fave Pierce was struggling home 7th. This past fall, while she had some ups and downs, Pierce finished the campaign off with a sterling 2nd at NXN Finals. This winter has been light so far, with the highlight being a 4:48 DMR carry and 9:40.46 3k at Yale. She has a 4:41.19 1600 PR outdoors.
  • Cosby VA sr Megan Moye: After running a 4:48.21 1600 outdoors as a junior and then making FL Finals last fall, Moye has continued to progress indoors, blazing a 4:49.36 mile in taking 2nd behind Laura Leff at the New Balance Games (qualifying for Millrose), then ripping a US#5 2:49.76 1k at Virginia Tech last weekend. Don’t be surprised if she takes a few more seconds off her PR here and contends for the win.
  • Friends Acad. NY sr Kelsey Margey: With her Millrose Trials victory, Margey stands US#4 with a 4:49.03 and should be right in the mix. She owns the best mile PR in the field with her 4:43.91 outdoors from 2010. Already she’s running better than she was last winter, so don’t be shocked if she emerges in the front of this fine group.

If you’re looking for a darkhorse in the field, consider Northwest Catholic CT sr Sarah Gillespie, who has “only” run 4:59.06 for a mile this winter, but hit 4:49.89 for 1600 last spring. Pierce’s Tatnall teammate Reagan Anderson is another to watch with sub-4:50 potential.

Boys Mile: A great opportunity presents itself for someone to rise up and get their first major invitational mile victory. Here are four who could be that someone:

  • Ronald Reagan NC sr Craig Engels: The fast-rising former soccer player started out his season with a 2:32.04/4:19.24 1k/1600 double two weeks ago. Last spring his 1600 best was 4:15.28, then in the fall he was 20th at Foot Locker South after taking 3rd at 4A state. In a 3200 track race in November before FL South, he ran 9:02.
  • Chaminade NY sr Thomas Awad: The top returnee from either mile here last year, Awad was a surprising 2nd in the 2011 race. The Molloy Stanner winner at US#7 4:15.67, he also owns a Hispanic Games 2M win at US#2 9:10.97. He was “only” 5th at the US Open, but could bounce back here.
  • Marshfield MA sr Joel Hubbard: A Foot Locker Finalist last fall, Hubbard has a 4:14.52 1600 best from last spring. His indoor has been low-key so far, but he did have a 4:13 1600 leg on his team’s winning DMR at Yale. Would love to give the host state a victory.
  • Piscataway NJ sr Tim Ball: Outside of FL champ Ed Cheserek, Ball was the man last fall in Jersey, winning the Meet of Champs and also having a great race at Eastern States. He’s taken a nice slow start to indoors, debuting with 4:18.60 and 9:36.97 for 16/32 last weekend.

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PREP START LISTS (updated 2/4)
Note: Neptune NJ sr Ajee Wilson is in the elite 800.

GIRLS' JUNIOR MILE
1 FRAZIER WESLEY USA
2 GILLESPIE SARAH USA
3 ANDERSON REAGAN USA
4 KEATING MOLLY USA
5 MOYE MEGAN USA
6 CROWE MARIKA USA
7 GRANGER MADISON USA
8 MARGEY KELSEY USA
9 PIERCE HALEY USA
10 HATTON CAYLA USA
11 BLACKMAN CAMILLE USA
12 GOMPERS ANNIKA USA

BOYS' JUNIOR MILE
1 HUBBARD JOEL USA
2 THOMAS KEVIN USA
3 ROBERTSON STEPHEN USA
4 TARANTO DAVID USA
5 O'DONNELL MICHAEL USA
6 AWAD TOM USA
7 ENGELS CRAIG USA
8 LENNON DAN USA
9 GRAHAM THOMAS USA
10 BALL TIM USA
11 MADDEN THOMAS USA
12 ALLEN CHRIS USA

GIRLS' 4x400M RELAY
1 VILLA BEARS TC
2 SOUTH SHORE TC
3 MARL LOUIS TC
4 MANSFIELD TC
5 ST. A'S TC
6 AB TC
7 SJB ELITE TC
8 WEYMOUTH YOUTH TC
9 STANNERS TC
10 STATEN ISLAND GATORS TC

BOYS' 4X800M RELAY
1 FIREBIRD TC
2 LOWELL TC
3 SJB ELITE TC
4 TITANS TC
5 KNIGHTS TC
6 ST. JOHN'S TC
7 ST. A'S TC
8 ACTON BOXBORO TC
9 FIDELIS TC
10 BROOKLINE TC
11 BRONX RAMS TC
12 WARRIOR TC

ELITE START LISTS

LANE/POS ATHLETE NAT.
MEN'S 400 METERS
1 DUTCH JOHNNY USA
2 TINSLEY MICHAEL USA
3 HENRY TABARIE ISV
4 QUOW RENNY TRI
5 JAMES KIRANI GRN
6 SCOTT JOSH USA

MEN'S MILE
1 BOYLAN-PETT LIAM USA
2 NOVAK ROBERT USA
3 MILNE TAYLOR CAN
4 LEGESSE HENOK ETH
5 O'LIONAIRD CIARAN IRL
6 BREWER JAMES GBR
7 BROWN RUSSELL USA
8 RUPP GALEN USA
9 FARAH MO GBR
10 SCHERER MATTHEW USA

MEN'S 3000 METERS
1 DRAPER MARK GBR
2 TYNER JUSTIN USA
3 BRUCE BEN USA
4 HEATH GARRETT USA
5 GEBRHIWET HAGOS ETH
6 NDIKU CALEB KEN
7 LEVINS CAM CAN
8 BADDELEY ANDY GBR
9 KIPLAGAT SILAS KEN
10 CENTROWITZ MATTHEW USA
11 GEBREMESKEL DEJEN ETH
12 LAGAT HARON KEN

MEN'S 60 HURDLES
1 BERGER DOMINIC USA
2 OSAGHAE OMO USA
3 AKINS TY USA
4 OLIVER DAVID USA
5 MERRITT ARIES USA
6 WILSON RYAN USA
7 PORTER JEFF USA
8 FOURIE LEHANN RSA

MEN'S SHOT PUT
1 CHANG MING-HUANG TPE
2 MARTIN CORY USA
3 NELSON ADAM USA

WOMEN'S 60 METERS
1 MADISON TIANNA USA
2 BAILEY ALEEN JAM
3 ASUMNU GLORIA NGR
4 WILLIAMS LAURYN USA
5 AHOURE MURIELLE IVC
6 SOLOMON SHALONDA USA
7 BROOKINS LAKYA USA
8 ANDERSON ALEXANDRIA USA

WOMEN'S 300 METERS
3 DORR FAWN USA
4 CHANEY JASMIN USA
5 KNIGHT BIANCA USA
6 TROTTER DEEDEE USA

WOMEN'S 800 METERS
1 MOORE ERICA USA
2 SIFUENTES NICOLE CAN
3 WILSON AJEE USA
4 MAGISO FANTU ETH
5 VESSEY MAGGIE USA
6A THOMAS LATAVIA USA
6B CHARNIGO STEPHANIE USA

WOMEN'S 1000 METERS
1 INFELD MAGGIE USA
2 THOMAS CHARLENE GBR
3 PIERCE ANNA USA
4 WRIGHT PHOEBE USA
5 UCENY MORGAN USA
6 CHARNIGO STEPHANIE USA

WOMEN'S 3000M
1 HILALI SIHAM MAR
2 GEBRESLASE GOTYTOM ETH
3 WRIGHT MEGAN CAN
4 HALL SARA USA
5 LAKHOUAD BTISSAM MAR
6 MALOY LIZ USA
7 ROWBURY SHANNON USA
8 DEFAR MESERET ETH
9 SIMPSON JENNY USA
10 HYMAN MARDREA JAM

WOMEN'S 2 MILE
1 HIGGINSON ASHLEY USA
2 MUNCAN MARINA SRB
3 GARCIA STEPHANIE USA
4 KOONS FRANCES USA
5 KOINI ATHENA GRE
6 ARESON JACKIE USA
7 DICRESCENZO DELILAH USA
8 BIZZARRI ANGELA USA
9 DIBABA TIRUNESH ETH
10 BECKWITH MOLLY USA

WOMEN'S POLE VAULT
1 KEPPLER JANICE USA
2 SCHWARTZ JILLIAN ISR
3 JANSON LACY USA
4 HOLLIDAY BECKY USA
5 HUTSON KYLIE USA
6 SUHR JENN USA

MEN'S MASTERS MILE
1 BOTTOMLEY PETE USA
2 CAKOUROS JASON USA
3 FISHMAN JAYME USA
4 FITZPATRICK TOM USA
5 KERN CHARLIE USA
6 KOCHANOWICZ RON USA
7 LEMME KENT USA
8 O'NIEL KEVEN USA
9 SIMPSON CHRIS USA
10 SPAULDING ANDY USA
11 WASIOLEK BART USA

YOUTH RELAY
1 ATTLEBORO Y JAGUARS
2 BOSTON UNITED
3 CAMBRIDGE JETS
4 HERNANDEZ SCHOOL - BOSTON
5 PROVIDENCE COBRAS
6 WALTHAM TC

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