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Top 10 storylines for the 118th Penn Relays

April, 25, 2012
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Penn girls mileJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSThe intensity should be sky-high when two-time Penn girls' mile champ Angel Piccirillo tries to defend against superstars Ajee' Wilson and Mary Cain.


PENN RELAYS INDEX



Everything about the Penn Relays is huge – from the crowd, the numbers of athletes, to the tradition. The 118th Penn Relays features 33 hours of competition and an average of one race every five minutes.

Here is a closer look at 10 of the top high school storylines this week at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field.

  1. The Boys Distance Medley Relay: This has the makings of a classic, with two sensational New Jersey teams going at it. Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, N.J.), the consummate team (2011 NXN champion), led by senior George Kelly, is trying to become the first U.S. repeat champion since Bishop Loughlin’s four-year run from 1949-52. Meanwhile, St. Benedict’s has Foot Locker champion Edward Cheserek on the anchor leg, a prospect that throws CBA’s title defense into serious doubt. St. Benedict’s won the New Balance National Indoor title, with Cheserek going 4:07.4 on the anchor. A third New Jersey team, Piscataway, could be a factor with Tim Ball on the anchor leg.
  2. The Girls Mile: On the face of it, Olympic Trials hopefuls Ajee Wilson of Nepture, N.J. and Mary Cain of Bronxvile, N.Y., are the headliners. They faced one another in the 800 meters at New Balance Nationals Indoor, with Wilson taking the title. Wilson ran 2:05.28 for 800 meters last week at Princeton. Cain is the sophomore class record holder in the indoor 1,500 and is coming in off a 2:05.90 800 meters at the New York Relays. But the homestate girl, Angel Piccirillo of Homer Center, cannot be overlooked. She is a two-time defending champion in this event and will do all she can to defend her turf. This fast lineup also includes Kelsey Margey of Friends Academy (N.Y.), a future teammate of Piccirillo’s.
  3. The Boys Mile: This one could be a blockbuster, too. Cabell Midland (Ona, W.V.) standout Jacob Burcham is the top returnee after placing third last year as a sophomore. But this race could have everything to do with closing speed, and Ben Malone of Pascack Valley (Hillsdale, N.J.) and Drew Magaha of Upper Moreland (Willow Grove, Pa.) have shown raw speed. Malone ran 1:49.94 to win the NB Nationals Indoor title. Magaha is the hottest runner in the country right now, coming in off a 1:48.82 last week. How sweet would a win at Penn be for him? Magaha is a University of Pennsylvania recruit and Franklin Field is about to become home. Also, Millrose and U.S. Open champ Zavon Watkins (Liverpool, N.Y.) could be in the mix when the big push begins.
  4. Boys 4x800 relay: Can Chariho (Wood River Junction, R.I.) or Boys and Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.) win another big championship? One of the biggest surprises of New Balance Nationals Indoor was Chariho, which won the 4xMile. B&G, meanwhile, won the 4x800 national indoor title. Challenges will come from Cabell Midland (W.V.), Pennridge (Perkasie, Pa.) and Jamaica’s Holmwood Tech.
  5. Girls Distance Medley Relay: Two of the top distance programs in the U.S. go head-to-head with lineups chocked full of Division I talent. The Tatnall School (Wilmington, Del.) boasts Haley Pierce, the reigning Penn Relays 3,000 champ, and talented junior Reagan Anderson. North Shore counters with the one-two punch of Samantha Nadel, coming back from an injury, and Brianna Nerud.
  6. Girls 4x100 relay: Defending champion Long Beach Poly (Calif.) is the only U.S. school to break the Jamaican hold on this event going back to 1982. Poly also won in 1995 and 2003. If there is another U.S. contender, it may be Wakefield (N.C.), which has senior anchor Ariah Graham and owns the US#1 4x200 (1:35.98).
  7. Girls 4x800 relay: The reigning DMR champions, Fayetteville-Manlius is pushing its chips into the event it won at New Balance Nationals Indoor. The quartet of Katie Sischo, Jillian Fanning, Heather Martin, and Katie Breslin ran 8:58.18 at the Armory in March.
  8. The 4x400s: There are hour upon hour of 4x4s, a spectacle unto itself. The girls from Vere Tech in Jamaica have won the event 10 times but could be pressed by U.S. teams from Wakefield, N.C. and Long Beach Poly (Calif). The boys event could be dominated by Jamaica yet again. Munro College has run 3:12.32 this season already. Calabar won the Jamaican championships with 3:10.19. Boys and Girls (N.Y.) and St. Peter’s (N.J.), featuring Najee Glass, are the top U.S. contenders.
  9. Boys 3,000: This event doesn’t have a lot of marquee names, but there is an opportunity here for someone to seize a big moment. Adam Visokay of Albemarle, Va. has run 9:00.06 indoors for two miles and will face competition from Connor Rog (Ct.), Sam Parsons (Del.), Tom Awad (N.Y.) and Eric Holt (N.Y.).
  10. Boys Shot Put: For four years in a row, Nick Vena won the boys shot put for New Jersey’s Morristown High School. This year, Vena will vie for his first college title at Penn (against the likes of Ryan Crouser), opening the door to a new high school champ. Braheme Days of Bridgetown, N.J. threw 70-8 indoors, won the national indoor title, and looks like the heir apparent to the Penn title.

Hatton in limelight after super 10K debut

April, 3, 2012
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Cayla HattonMichael ScottCayla Hatton en route to taking 13th at the USATF XC Women's Open race in St. Louis in February.
Cayla Hatton didn’t know she was going to run the mixed-gender 10,000 meters on Saturday in the Snowflake Classic at Tufts University until three days before the race. She’d never run that distance before, so she and her coach made a conservative guess and marked “37 minutes” for her entry time.

For twenty-five laps through the chilly, damp air in Somerville, Mass., the senior from Phillips Academy (Andover, Mass.) maintained contact with a group of male runners and crossed the finish line in 33:17.28 – second fastest in U.S. prep history.

In just over half an hour, Hatton became one of the most intriguing runners in the country.

“I honestly had no expectation in terms of time,” she said. “I was running (the race) because I wanted to try out a 10K. Since I’d been injured for so long, I had no idea what distance would be my best. I wanted to try everything from the 800 to the 10K.”

Hatton has resurfaced as a major talent after two years of injury and physical therapy wiped out her sophomore and junior seasons. As an eighth grader, she won the USATF Youth Outdoor title in the 3,000 meters and as a high school freshman ran 4:38.30 for 1500.

In the fall of her sophomore year (2009), Hatton was playing for the Phillips Academy soccer team when she began to notice pain and inflammation in her right glute. She played through it and tried to heal the injury with some rest.

“The first track meet I did (in 2010) was a 3,000 and it hurt again,” she said. The injury cut short her sophomore season and then an injury to her left hip kept her out of the 2011 track season.

Hatton said that her doctor told her there was a structural problem, that she had “retroverted cups” in her hip joint. The doctor adviser her that running would only lead to more pain and injury.

That news took Hatton to a new low.

“I went through all the phases of mourning,” she said. “I remember being so upset, so angry at (the doctor). I was in denial. But I also think the whole experience made me realize how much I love running. Before, it was soccer, and running was just a hobby. When (running) was taken away I realized how much I missed it.”

Entering the ‘torture chamber’

Hatton and her parents sought out a second opinion from a physical therapist who saw something else: Imbalances and weaknesses in her muscles causing problems with her running mechanics, leading to the injuries.

Hatton began daily physical therapy sessions to build up the strength in her quads.

“The exercises are easy, but mentally it’s very hard to do them because they are so repetitive, these boring exercises you do every day,” she said. “There was this sign on the door that said ‘Torture Chamber,’ but when I look back now it was so worth it.”

By last summer, Hatton was running pain free. On Sept. 5, she ran the Stratton Faxon New Haven 5K road race and covered the distance in 17:24. In a race with more than 3,200 runners, she was 17th overall and was the first female to finish (by more than two minutes).

“That was a big moment for me, because I hadn’t been in a race for so long,” she said.

Hatton began running with the Andover Phillips cross country team, but her physical therapy sessions made it difficult to stay in sync with the team’s schedule. It quickly became apparent that she would be better off training independently.

Hatton considered entering the Nike Northeast regional meet, but then had second thoughts.

“All fall I went by feel,” she said. “My goal was to stay healthy.”

Cayla Hatton
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSCayla Hatton leads the New Balance Boston Indoor Grand Prix mile on her way to taking 2nd behind Haley Pierce.
Hatton works with Boston Running Center coach Joe McConkey. Over the winter, her mother drove up from Connecticut and made the two-hour drive to pick her daughter up from the private boarding school and take her to Boston for indoor workouts with her coach.

On Feb. 4, Hatton entered the mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston. She went head-to-head with some of the nation’s elite runners, pushing out to a big early lead and then finished second in 4:51.37. (She was passed late by Delaware’s Haley Pierce).

A week later, Hatton arrived in St. Louis, Mo. and entered the open women’s 8,000-meter race at the USATF Cross Country Championships. She placed a respectable 13th overall as the youngest athlete in the field, running 28:26.

Why not run the junior race instead?

“Well, I wanted to have some really strong competition and I wanted to have the experience of racing Molly Huddle and Sara Hall,” Hatton said. “It was not even about winning, but I just wanted that experience of running with these women. Someday I’d like to be like them.”

Preparing for Stanford

Until last Saturday, the 8K was the longest race Hatton had ever attempted. She runs 50-60 miles a week under the supervision of McConkey, and does long runs of 13-15 miles.

“She’s been doing freshman Division I-type training,” said McConkey. “She does most of her training by herself; she’s doing the long stuff on her own.”

It is also preparing her for the leap to college training. Hatton has signed with Stanford and will join one of the country's top programs in the fall. (Andover Phillips Academy, founded in 1778, routinely sends graduates to Harvard, Yale and other top-tier universities).

Hatton had it in mind to find a 5,000 meters and try to chase the B qualifying standard for the Olympic Trials when the opportunity for the 10K popped up.

The 10,000 meters is not a common distance at the high school level, but it is the longest contested race on the track at the Olympic Games. Top high school talents in the U.S. normally don’t even attempt it until they reach college.

The national record prep record, held by North Carolina’s Mary Shea since 1979, is 32:52.5. In the 33 years since then, no one has run it faster than Hatton – though the all-time list behind her includes prep legends like Cathy Schiro, Lesley Welch, Erin Davis, and Melody Fairchild. She also earned the Olympic Trials B standard, meaning there is a chance she could compete at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. against the best women in the country.

Hatton split nearly identical 16:38s back-to-back.

“I know my first lap was 82 (seconds) and maybe two other (82s) were sprinkled in,” she said. “I found myself dropping down to 79, and felt good, so I decided to go with it. I think (my coach) thought I was making a big mistake.”

McConkey was wondering if running faster-than-prescribed laps near the start would come back and haunt Hatton later on, but by the fourth mile she was still running smoothly.

“We certainly had seen hints of what’s possible, but we’ve not catered her training specifically to the 10K,” he said. “(The 10K) was such an unknown thing for us because she’s still running on the strength she gained from cross country.”

Incidentally, as Hatton lined up on the starting line with a group of small-college men and women, she didn’t know anybody in the race. And it was obvious that no one knew her, either.

“It was funny,” she said. “The starter said at the beginning, ‘You (women) stay together for me so the lap counting is easy.’” She had no idea how fast she would go, but she knew she wasn’t going to hang back to make life easier for the lap-counter.

Over the course of 25 laps, Hatton passed every woman in the race at least five times. She managed to stay on the lead lap with the men to the very end.

Hatton said her successful debut at 10K won’t change the way she views her running, or her goals.

“I can’t wait to run shorter distances again, though I have no idea how I’ll do at them,” she said. “I’d say my goal in the 5K is (Trials B standard) 15:50.”

After two years of disappointment and the fear that she would never run competitively again, Hatton is still processing her 25-lap breakthrough at the Snowflake Invitational.

"It's still sinking in," she said.
Charho MarsellaJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSShaker NY 4x1 mile anchor (and leader) Christian Delago looks to his right to see Chariho RI's Mike Marsella passing him.


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NEW YORK – To fully appreciate Chariho’s national record Saturday in the boys 4x1 Mile relay, try imagining the vantage point of longtime coach Bill Haberek, who will soon enter his 23rd season as the outdoor track head coach at the Wood River, R.I. school.

There he was, bellied up to the rail, wearing the Steve Prefontaine T-shirt , watching his first three runners log PRs and then once-in-a-career standout Mike Marsella chase Shaker (Latham, N.Y.) anchor Christian Delago with a national championship on the line.

“First of all, I wanted Mike to hold on and win the thing,” Haberek said. “Then, I’m looking at the clock and trying to savor as much as I can. I knew it was going to be close. When I saw (the time) posted, I can’t explain the emotions.”

Tiny Rhode Island doesn’t often barge into a meet like New Balance Nationals Indoor and rearrange the all-time list with a national record. But Chariho turned the stick over to Marsella within striking distance of Delago, right on time and according to plan.

“I had a feeling I’d be 15-20 meters behind the guy in first,” said Marsella, who split 4:11.7. “I just wanted to keep my eyes open and hopefully catch him with 800 meters to go. I was hoping to sit on him, but I knew we had a chance at the national record so I made a move and just had to keep going for it.”

By the time Chariho’s quartet – Dan Kilcoyne, Bryce Kelley, Jake Kilcoyne and Marsella – was kneeling next to the reader board stuck on 17:20.20, it had been nearly forgotten that the squad wasn’t even favored to win the race.

Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, N.J.) was expected to be the team that pushed all of its chips into the record chase, but the Nike Cross Nationals (and defending 4x1 Mile) champs fell behind early and were barely a factor in the race.

Meanwhile, Chariho knew it had a foursome that could average close to 4:20 per mile.

“We wanted to stick on the leader and be as close as possible so I could go after him, whether it was CBA or Shaker,” Marsella said.

Dan Kilcoyne split 4:24.1 and Kelley followed that with 4:15.6. Then Jake Kilcoyne, more of a long-distance specialist, stripped six seconds off his mile PR to split 4:28.8. Marsella did the rest.

“It was crazy, absolutely crazy,” Marsella said. “I couldn’t see the time (coming around the final lap), I just knew I had to close as fast as possible. I didn’t want to leave anything out there.”

Chariho took down the 2009 record of West Windsor-Plainsboro North (N.J.), which ran 17:21.58. Shaker ran the second-fastest time in history, clocking 17:21.56.

Relays in the spotlight all day

Chariho’s record came on the heels of a near-miss by The Tatnall School (Wilmington, Del.) in the girls version of the same event.

With pressure coming from Saratoga Springs (N.Y.), Tatnall ran aggressively throughout and put together legs of 5:03, 5:03, 5:00 and 4:54 on the way to 20:00.97. Senior Haley Pierce, who placed second (and #2 all-time) in the 5,000 meters the night before, anchored the race and came up just a second and a half short of the national record.

Saratoga Springs, which set the record of 19:59.24 in 2005, finished second in 20:16.23 – good for No. 6 all-time.

In the 4x800 relays, much later in the day, the Armory crowd was treated to more sensational relay action. The powerhouse Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) girls ran away from the field and won in 8:58.18 – four seconds shy of the national record and No. 4 all-time. The school won the same event in 2010 and then claimed the distance medley relay last year.

NXN championship team members Katie Brislin, Katie Sischo and Jillian Fanning were joined by Heather Martin, who returned to training in January after missing out on cross country with a foot injury.

In the boys 4x800 race, Boys and Girls of Brooklyn produced the No. 2 time in history, 7:41.10, thanks to Robert Rhodes’ heroic 1:52.1 anchor. Rhodes gave it everything he had, to the delight of a roaring home crowd.

“It was all about my team,” Rhodes said. “I was not giving up this race. The whole time I was running I was thinking ‘I’ve come way too far.’ If I would have gave up, and let them pass me, I’d be ashamed of myself. I was too close and I wasn’t letting it go.”

Rhodes paid a price for his effort. He spent nearly 10 minutes doubled over, on his knees, throwing up and trying to recover. But after he and his teammates had their fingers sized for championship rings, it was all worth it.

In the boys sprint medley relay, Edward Cheserek led St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) to its second relay title of the meet. Cheserek anchored with a 1:51.2 800 to bring the baton home in 3:25.88, for No. 4 all-time – outrunning a quartet of the nation’s best half-milers. He will try to add third and fourth titles on Sunday in the two-mile and mile.

Hillhouse (New Haven, Ct.), spurred by long sprint superstar Precious Holmes running on the third leg, won the girls sprint medley relay in 4:00.58. Her teammate Kellie Davis gradually extended the lead on her 800 anchor, then provided one of the day’s best expressions of delight at the finish.

Conley, Blankenship win marquee events

When the coach in your corner is an Olympic champion and an American record holder, it’s a little bit easier to react in the big moment and not get overwhelmed by it.

Sydney Conley made the adjustment she needed to on her sixth and final attempt to win the girls long jump with 20 feet, 1.5 inches.

Conley, of Fayetteville, Ark., said it was the first time she had ever pulled out the victory on her final attempt. She needed it because Jasmine Todd of Chandler, Ariz. had taken the lead in the fifth round with a leap of 19-11.5. Todd’s jump surpassed Javanique Burruss of Louisa County, Va., who took the early lead with a second-round 19-8.75.

There were four current 20-footers in the loaded event, including defending champ and Newton North (Newtonville, Mass.) junior Carla Forbes, who was fifth.

The boys’ pole vault competition lost some of its luster despite the presence of three vaulters who had scaled 17-6 or better this winter. Jacob Blankenship won the competition with a clearance at 17-0 and then took the bar up to 17-8.5 and missed all three attempts at that height.

Reese Watson of Spring, Texas had been nursing a quadriceps injury that he hoped would heal in time to compete. But when he tried to run on it at the start of the competition, the leg didn’t respond as he’d hoped. He ran through three times and didn’t attempt a jump.

Shawn Barber of Kingwood Park, Texas worked his way up and over 16-8 – good for second place – but couldn’t summon the energy he needed to keep pace with Blankenship.

“I was going slow,” Barber said. “(I was) trying to get up, trying to get moving. I had a hard time getting down the runway, getting upside down. I tip my hat to (Blankenship).”

Blankenship, of Lincoln (Gahanna, Ohio) had a few early misses, but then found his rhythm and made majestic first attempt clearances over 16-8 and 17 feet. It was his second NSSF title, following his triumph last June in the outdoor meet.

“At the end, sometimes you run out of adrenaline,” Blankenship said. “There was so much competition, I was worried about Reese Watson being there and Shawn Barber. That’s good for me, but maybe I kind of played it a little long. It worked out well, though.”

Blankenship has two more indoor meets scheduled (Ohio has not had its state meet yet) in which to try and surpass the national record of 17-9.75.

In the boys’ long jump, US#1 Devin Field of DeSoto, Texas won his first New Balance championship, finding a 24-footer on his fourth attempt. It wasn’t an easy day for Field, who has been suffering from back pain and also had cramping issues in his calves. He sought help from the meet trainer three times during the competition and fouled his final two attempts.

“The last jumps I tried to hide (the pain,) but I really couldn’t (go),” Field said.

The 2011 U.S. junior champion has a 25-5.75 from earlier this year. But he has been ruled ineligible to compete this spring for DeSoto because residency issues. He has transferred twice in the past year. He may be able to compete unattached in a few meets, but he will not be allowed to defend his state title in the long jump.

The nation’s top-ranked shot putters closed the deal on NBNI titles as well.

Torie Owers of Athens Academy (Georgia), part of the Throw1Deep Club’s contingent, threw a new PR of 51-0.75 to win the event as well as move to No. 11 all-time. She won by three feet.

Braheme Days, Jr. of Bridgeton, N.J. continued his dominance of the boys shot put, throwing 68-10.75 to win the competition by more than eight feet.

“It’s all about development,” Days said of his progress this winter. “I didn’t throw 70 feet today, not even close, but I’m more happy about the win. It’s my first national championship and I’m excited. A lot of guys can say I threw this far, or threw that far, but I like titles.”
Precious HolmesJack PriorPrecious Holmes CT rolls to an impressive US#2 600 win, part of a great New Englands triple.


Coverage of the 2012 New England Indoor Championships
Friday, March 2, 2012 -- Reggie Lewis Center, Boston MA

LINKS: Jack Prior Photos: BOYS | GIRLS
Full Results | DyeStat Elites | Meet Site


HIGHLIGHTS

  • G-300/600/4x400: Scorching triple for Hillhouse CT sr Precious Holmes, with US#3 38.22 (#12 all-time), US#2 1:30.79 (#11 all-time), and anchoring winning 4x400 effort (3:56.84).
  • G-4x800/Mile: The LaSalle RI girls roar into the US#3 spot with a 9:07.28, as six run 9:31 or better. Then anchor Molly Keating comes back with a 4:54.57 victory.
  • B-4x800/2-Mile: Already US#5 at 7:50.25, Chariho RI and star Mike Marsella flex their muscles with a 7:51.22 triumph, winning by five seconds over Acton-Boxborough MA’s 7:56.78. Then Marsella bounces back to a 9:16.76 victory.
  • G-1k: Classical RI soph Madeleine Berkson didn’t quite make the fast heat; though she’d run 2:12 for 800, she didn’t have a sub-3:00 1k to her credit. But in the 2nd of 3 sections, she blazes a US#7 2:50.11, thought to be the 3rd best ever by a soph nationally. The fast heat sees NW Catholic CT jr Sarah Gillespie lead 3 at 2:55 or better with US#8 2:51.31, but has to settle for 2nd overall.
  • G-55H: Brockton MA sr Vanessa Clerveaux took the title and snips another .01 off her PR with a US#5 7.97.
  • G-HJ: US#2 leaper Dakota Dailey-Harris (5-10), the LaSalle RI sr, nets the 5-9 victory.
  • B-600: Somerville MA sr Andre Rolim, already US#4 1:19.94, settles for 1:20.80 to beat SMSA CT sr Aaeron Sykes (US#10 1:21.00) and Greenwich CT sr Marcus Motill (#11 1:21.08).
  • B-1k: Staples CT jr Henry Wynne prevails in US#8 2:28.30, as 9 run 2:32 or faster.
  • B-HJ: Somerset MA soph Adam Couitt impresses with 6-9 victory.
  • B-SP: Newton North MA sr Swardick Mayanja upholds the favorite’s role with 59-3.5 triumph.
  • B-4x200: Chelmsford MA gets their 2nd sub-1:30 with a winning 1:29.83.
  • G-4x200: US#5 Hope RI wins easily with a 1:41.88, just over a second off their best.
  • G-55: South Burlington VT sr Mollie Gribbin starts double attempt with 7.11 victory, but is 2nd by just over an inch in the LJ.

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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Alabama
Andrew Harris (distance) - Alabama
Kevin Shannon (throws) - Alabama
Quincy Smith (sprints) - Alabama
Jonathan Stiegler (jumps) - Alabama
Lacey Dent (sprints) - Alabama
Joy Maneice-Marbury (sprints) - Alabama
Analisa Patrick (distance) - Alabama

Arizona
Trae Armstrong (football/sprints) – Idaho
Jasmine Todd (sprints/jumps) - Oregon
Bacall Sterling (hurdles/sprints) - Sacramento State
Ashley Weber (throws) - Arizona State

Arkansas
Sydney Conley (jumps) - Alabama

California
Trinity Wilson (hurdles) - UCLA
Cami Chapus (distance) – Stanford
Amy Weissenbach (mid-distance) – Stanford
C.J. Albertson (distance) – Arizona State
Carrie Verdon (distance) – Colorado
Darren Fahy (distance) – Georgetown
Dylan Blankenbaker (distance) – Oklahoma
Kevin Mihalik (distance) – Air Force
Savannah Comacho (mid-distance) – Oklahoma State
Allison Sturges (distance) – Duke
Cameron Miller (distance) – Stanford
Kevin Bishop (distance) – Stanford
Cody Crampton (high jump) – UCLA
Rebecca Mehra (distance) – Stanford
Deon Pinder (jumps) – Oklahoma
Lyndsey Mull (distance) – UCLA
Blake Selig (sprints/jumps) – UCLA
Julian Todd-Borden (hurdles) – Drake
Ashlyn Dadkhah (mid-distance) – California
Shea Taylor (jumps and hurdles) – BYU
Kendal Nielsen (jumps) – Cal Poly
Rachel Bush (distance) - Cal Poly
Justin Unno (distance) - UCLA
Annie Grove (distance) - South Carolina
Erika Reddish (distance) - BYU
Adriana Olivas (distance) - Arizona State
Klyvens Delaunay (jumps) - Arkansas
Danica Wyson (distance) - BYU
Ashton Padberg (distance) - San Diego
Steve Michaelson (throws) - Wake Forest
Rashard Clark (sprints) - Arizona State
Alex Conner (distance) - Yale
Melanie Joerger (distance) - Loyola Marymount

Colorado
Sierra Williams (sprints) - Florida State
Kirk Webb (mid-distance) - Penn
Karina Ernst (distance) - Syracuse

Connecticut
Connor Rog (distance) – Virginia
Matt Klein (distance) - Dartmouth
Clark Shurtleff (distance) - Penn

Delaware
Julie Macedo (distance) – Florida
Haley Pierce (distance) – Georgetown
Sam Parsons (mid-distance) - N.C. State

Florida
Marvin Bracy (football/sprints) – Florida State
Robin Reynolds (sprints) – Florida
Arman Hall (sprints) – Florida
Shayla Sanders (sprints) – Florida
DerRenae Freeman (jumps) – Florida State
Kyri Tabor (sprints) - Alabama
Dwight Davis (sprints) - Alabama
Carly Thomas (distance) - Florida State
Katelyn Greenleaf (distance) - Alabama
Randy Johnson (sprints) - Miami

Georgia
Cameron Thornton (mid-distance) – Texas A&M
Jonathan Jones (football/hurdles) – Auburn
Reed Hancock (jumps) - Alabama
Caroline Kissel (distance) - Georgia Tech
Sarah Howard (throws) - North Carolina
Avana Story (throws) - North Carolina
Devon Williams (multi) - Georgia

Idaho
Emily Nist (distance) – Syracuse
Rebecca Lassere (distance) - Seattle

Illinois
Malachy Schrobilgen (distance) – Wisconsin
Morolake Akinosun (sprints) – Illinois
Trevor Holm (distance) - Western Illinois
Danielle DeVito (distance) - Bradley
Lindsey Rakosnik (distance) - Illinois
Sydni Meunier (mid-distance) - Notre Dame
Jacob Bender (sprints) - Nebraska
Chelsea Blaase (mid-distance) - Tennessee
Zeke Elkins (mid-distance) - Drake
Ali Olson (distance) - Northern Illinois
Ellen Renk (jumps) - Northern Illinois
Olivia Herzog (throws) - Northern Illinois
Leah Raffety (distance) - Northern Illinois
Mallory Abel (distance) - Northwestern
Jacquelyn Thate (distance) - Murray State
Ben Bowers (mid-distance) - Penn
Rebecca Stearns (mid-distance) - Loyola Chicago
Will Crocker (distance) - Missouri
Leland Later (distance) - California
Tom Schutt (throws) - Ohio State
Dan Vitale (hurdles) - Northwestern
Jaylaan Slaughter (hurdles/sprints) - Northern Illinois
Lauren Lindholm (distance) - Illinois-Chicago
Carl Heinz (jumps) - Duke

Indiana
Mary Davis (distances) - Miami (Ohio)
Maggie Bell (sprints) - Indiana
Meredith Jackson (mid-distance) - Baylor

Iowa
James Harrington (sprints) – Alabama
Hannah Savage (mid-distance) - Northern Illinois
Taylor Twedt (jumps/multi) - Wisconsin
Tyler Donels (hurdles/jumps) - Missouri

Louisiana
Kavahra Holmes (football/sprints) – Louisiana State
Kelci Lyons (mid-distance) - Columbia

Maine
Abbey Leonardi (distance) – Oregon
Matt McClintock (distance) - Purdue

Maryland
Champ Page (sprints) - Ohio State
Ronald Darby (football/sprints) - Florida State
Justin Ahalt (distance) - Alabama

Massachusetts
Jennifer Esposito (sprints/hurdles) - Elon

Michigan
Tyrus Conley (throws) - Tulsa
Zachary Kughn (distance) - Montana State

Minnesota
Thomas Anderson (throws) - Arizona State
Brandon Clark (distance) - Penn
Riley Macon (distance) - Minnesota
Mark Harries (distance) - North Dakota

Mississippi
Justin Fondren (HJ) - Alabama
Conner Foxworth (jumps) - Alabama
Asia Cooper (sprints) - Ole Miss

Missouri
Dorial Green-Beckham (sprints/jumps) - Missouri
Brittany Kallenberger (sprints/jumps) - Central Missouri

Nebraska
Morgan Woitzel (mid distance) - Nebraska

New Hampshire
Hillary Holmes (hurdles/jumps) - Cornell

New Jersey
Ajee Wilson (mid-distance) – Florida State
Tim Ball (distance) – Notre Dame
Caroline Kellner (distance) – Cornell
Holly Bischof (distance) – Duke
Blake Udland (distance) – Duke
Najee Glass (sprints) – Florida
Myasia Jacobs (sprints) – Georgia
Samuel Mattis (discus) – Penn
Alicia Osley (sprints) - Northern Illinois
Darrell Bush (sprints) - LSU
Elly Wardle (jumps/multi) - Lehigh
Greg Caldwell (hurdles) - Princeton
Jermaine Collier (hurdles) - South Carolina
George Kelly (distance) - Michigan
Stephen Lewandowski (distance) - Clemson
Theresa Picciallo (throws) - Penn
Everett Price (mid-distance) - Princeton

New York
Samantha Nadel (distance) – Georgetown
Brianna Nerud (distance) – Syracuse
Katie Sischo (distance) – Providence
Kelsey Margey (distance) – Villanova
Alexis Panisse (distance) – Tennessee
Zavon Watkins (mid-distance) - Penn State
Lauren Fontana (mid-distance) - Texas A&M
Olicia Williams (sprints) - Baylor
Giancarlo Sainato (mid-distance) - Georgetown
Thomas Awad, (distance) - Penn
Brendan Smith (distance) - Penn
Valencia Hannon (sprints) - Clemson
Daniel Lennon (distance) - Syracuse
Patrizio Grandinali (distance) - High Point
Cody Israel (sprints/jumps) - Lehigh
Heather Martin (distance) - Georgetown
Christie Rutledge (distance) - Dartmouth

North Carolina
Samantha George (distance) – N.C. State
Thomas Graham (distance) – Stanford
Craig Engels (distance) - N.C. State
Tevin Hester (sprints) - Clemson
Gabrielle Gray (sprints) - South Carolina
Anna Gelbach (sprints) - North Carolina-Charlotte
Alexis Perry (hurdles/jumps) - N.C. State
Hezekiah Ward (hurdles) - North Carolina-Wilmington
Francesca Evans (sprints/jumps) - North Carolina A&T

Ohio
Destinee Gause (sprints) – Florida
Donovan Robertson (hurdles) – Ohio State
Maddie Morrow (high jump) – Duke
Coy Blair (throws) - Purdue
Taylor Hatfield (distance) - Alabama
Jacob Blankenship (pole vault) - Tennessee
Stephen Lyons (throws) - Eastern Michigan

Oklahoma
Isaiah Duke (sprints) - Baylor

Oregon
Megan Fristoe (distance) - Oregon
Sara Fristoe (distance) - Oregon State
Ashley Maton (distance) - Oregon
Kira Kelly (distance) - Oregon State
Jefferson Jarvis (throws) - BYU

Pennsylvania
Angel Piccirillo (distance) – Villanova
Tori Gerlach (distance) – Penn State
Drew Magaha (distance) – Penn
Thomas Pitt (HJ) - Penn
Imani Brown (jumps) - Alabama
Kyle Felpel (throws) - Alabama
Chris Williams (hurdles) - Washington
Kyle Long (throws) - Arizona State
Margo Malone (distance) - Syracuse
Ned Willig (mid-distance) - Brown
Meredith Speakman (distance) - Syracuse

South Carolina
Chris Brown (football/jumps) – Notre Dame

South Dakota
Tony Smoragiewicz (distance) – Michigan
Kari Heck (sprints/jumps) - Nebraska

Tennessee
Rebecca Stover (distance) - Alabama
Emily Yarnell (sprints) - Tennessee
Emily Davis (sprints) - Belmont
Will Templeton (distance) - Liberty

Texas
Daniel Vertiz (distance) – Texas
Craig Nowak (distance) – Oklahoma State
Cali Roper (distance) – Rice
Jessie Johnson (pole vault) – Auburn
Reese Watson (pole vault) - Texas
Aldrich Bailey (sprints) - Texas A&M
Shelbi Vaughan (volleyball/discus) – Texas A&M
Hector Hernandez (mid-distance) - Texas A&M
Laura Craig (distance) - Texas A&M
India Daniels (sprints) - Texas A&M
LaKesha Jelks (mid-distance) - Texas A&M
Jennifer Madu (sprints/jumps) - Texas A&M
Sierra Patrick (HJ) - Texas A&M
Brittany Wooten (pole vault) - Texas A&M
Samantha Turner (throws) - Jacksonville
Jordan Chavez (distance) - Richmond
Taije Jordan (hurdles) - Baylor
Brianna Richardson (jumps) - Baylor
Richard Gary (sprints) - Baylor
Felix Obi (jumps) - Baylor
Alex Reece (sprints) - Baylor
Chris McElroy (mid-distance) - Baylor
Kristin Smithey (throws) - Baylor
Jonathan Wells (sprints) - Wichita State
Jermaine Authorlee (sprints) - Alabama
Hayden Reed (throws) - Alabama
Susie Kemper (distance) - Alabama
Chance Griffin (jumps) - Columbia
Kierra Hamilton (sprints) - Kansas State
Shelby Poncik (pole vault) - Texas Tech

Virginia
Ahmed Bile (distance) – Georgetown
Megan Moye (distance) – N.C. State
Shaquera Leach (sprints) - Virginia Tech
Harrison Scharf (sprints) - Penn
Nick Wolfe (distance) - Alabama
Kimberly Ficenec (distance) - Alabama
Hannah Brown (mid-distance) - Stanford
Joel Coleman (sprints) - Virginia Tech

Washington
Maddie Meyers (distance) – Washington
Anthony Lee (distance) - Vanderbilt
Andrew Matthews (sprints) - Kansas
Aaron Castle (throws) - Arizona
Jacob Smith (distance) - Portland

Wisconsin
Molly Seidel (distance) – Notre Dame
Joshua Dixon (jumps) – Arkansas
Olivia Pratt (distance) - Butler
Andrew Faris (distance) - Alabama
Ali Olson (distance) - Northern Illinois
Taylor Vinhal (distance) - Northern Illinois
Coverage of the 2012 Yale Track Classic
Fri.-Sat., Jan. 20-21, 2012 - Coxe Cage, New Haven CT

LINKS: Meet's Own Site | Full Results | DyeStat Elites
Thanks to Jim Spier for updates


Saturday Highlights
  • G-3k: US#1 9:31.65 for North Shore NY sr Samantha Nadel (#9 all-time) over #2 9:40.46 for Tatnall DE sr Haley Pierce (#21 all-time). 6 ran 9:52 or faster.
  • B-800: US#1 1:51.25 for Great Valley PA sr Ned Willig, #8 all-time.
  • G-400: US#1 55.16 for Colonie NY sr Kyle Plante over Hillhouse CT jr Precious Holmes US#2 55.32. Bayshore NY sr Jessica Gelibert also under 56 at 55.68.
  • B-3k: US#1 8:42.15 3k for Rocky Hill CT sr Joe Crafa, nipping Greenwich NY sr Austin Lane US#2 8:42.16. 13 broke 8:50. Loyola Blakefield MD frosh Michael Wegner won the 2nd heat in 8:46.00.
  • G-800: US#2 2:12.26 for Gwynedd Mercy PA jr Emma Keenan as 7 run 2:15 or faster.
  • G-4x800 Champs: US#2 9:15.50 for Saratoga Springs NY over US#3 9:16.68 by LaSalle RI.
  • B-4x800 Champs: US#4 7:56.65 for Colonie NY.
  • G-Mile: US#8 4:58.06 for Tatnall DE jr Reagan Anderson.
Friday Highlights
  • B-DMR: US#1 10:17.40 for Marshfield MA, including 4:13 anchor by Joel Hubbard, to win a deep race as 4 break 10:25. Shaker NY is 2nd in US#3 10:21.54.
  • G-DMR: US#2 11:44.02 by Tatnall DE (#8 all-time), with Haley Pierce anchoring in 4:48. US#1 North Shore NY crossed the line first, but was disqualified due to a pass out of the zone. Samantha Nadel had run a 4:46 anchor for North Shore. LaSalle RI and Saratoga Springs NY follow, also under 12:00 as the next three take US spots 3, 4, 5.
  • G-300: US#2 38.84 300 for Hillhouse CT jr Precious Holmes.
  • B-WT: 73-5.5 for Classical sr Joe Velez, his 3rd meet over 73 feet this winter.
Strymar LivingstonJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSStrymar Livingston breaks the tape in a 500 meter USR of 1:01.68, and avenging a 2011 defeat to Najee Glass.
Coverage of the 2012 New Balance Games
Sat., Jan. 21, 2012 - The Armory, New York, N.Y.

LINKS: Meet's Own Site with Entries | ARCHIVED WEBCAST
Coming Post Meet: Full Results | DyeStat Elite |
Nepo's Photos: Cheserek in Elite Mile | Sprints | HS Miles |
Scroll down for highlights and meet schedule
Ed CheserekJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSEd Cheserek was in a rare situation Saturday -- running the middle of a pack -- but he competed well against the elites for a US#1 4:02.21, 7th place and #2 all-time.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • B-500: USR 1:01.68 for Christopher Columbus NY sr Strymar Livingston, topping the old mark of 1:02.40 (Mike Greene 1984). St. Peter's Prep NJ sr Najee Glass was 2nd, also under the old mark with 1:02.16. Last year, Glass beat Livingston in this race, 1:02.22-1:02.88, but the apparent record was not accepted due to a lane violation.
  • Elite-1M: US#1 4:02.21 for St. Benedict's NJ jr Ed Cheserek, finishing 7th among the elites and good for #2 all-time behind Alan Webb's 3:59.86. He went out in 60.4 and was 3:00.8 at 3/4 mile. Historical Links: Coverage of 2001 New Balance Games | John Dye's story of Webb's sub-4 | 23 Photos from Webb's great day
  • Boys-1M: US#3 4:14.52 for Liverpool sr Zavon Watkins, moving ahead of Chariho RI sr Mike Marsella US#4 4:15.27 on the last lap -- after Marsella had led the entire race through 65.4-2:10.6-3:14.3 -- and both qualifying for the Millrose Games Boys HS Mile.
  • Girls-1M: US#2 4:48.96 for West Genesee NY soph Laura Leff, ahead of US#5 4:49.36 by Cosby VA jr Megan Moye and #7 4:55.79 by Lake Braddock VA sr Sophie Chase. The top 2 qualify for the Millrose Games Girls HS Mile.
  • B-4x800: 7:52.45 for Boys & Girls NY, improving their own US#1.
  • G-4x800: US#1 9:09.69 for Mt. St. Dominic NJ, with 5 more teams between 9:21 and 9:28.
  • G-4x200: US#3 1:41.20 for Mt. Vernon NY, surprising US#2 Medgar Evers NY at 1:41.52.
  • B-4x200: US#2 1:29.29 for Uniondale NY, edging Penn Wood PA #3 1:29.69.
  • B-SMR: Not super fast, but Liverpool NY anchor Zavon Watkins (mile winner) outlegs Columbus NY anchor Strymar Livingston (500 USR setter) in the final 800 for the 3:36.45-3:36.53 victory.
  • G-SMR: US#3 4:07.38 for Garden City NY.
  • G-400: US#4 55.60 for Medgar Evers NY jr Kadecia Baird; Paramus Catholic NJ sr Myasia Jacobs was expected, but did not run.
  • G-55H: US#3 7.99 for Cardozo NY sr Akayla Anderson.
  • B-55H: US#6 7.42 by Willingboro NJ sr Issac Williams.

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Preview: Top Storyline:

Elite 1M: In a race that features elites as good as Great Britain’s Andy Baddeley (3:55.64 indoor/3:49.38 outdoor PRs), St. Benedict’s NJ jr Ed Cheserek will have a great chance to make history, just as Alan Webb did in the same race 11 years ago. In the 2001 New Balance Games, Webb became the first prep sub-4 miler indoors with a 3:59.86. Cheserek’s PR is 4:03.29 from last spring and he’s coming off an unbeaten, record-breaking Foot Locker championship XC season this past fall and an 8:43.16 2M (#5 performance ever) last week. Cheserek won’t be the only teen in the race as 16-year-old World Youth Champs 3k finalist (7:57.45) Mohammed Abid of Morocco is competing, sporting a 3:42.32 PR.

More anticipated storylines

  • B-500: A year ago, Seton Hall Prep NJ sr Najee Glass crossed the line in the 500 meters on this track in an apparent USR 1:02.22, but when video later revealed he’d run outside his line, the record wasn’t accepted (though the results stood). So he’ll go for it again here, with last year’s runner-up Strymar Livingston (a #3 all-time 1:02.88) also with a great chance for the record. As if that’s not enough, current US#1 and Henry Wise MD sr Champ Page – 1:05.43 on a flat track – could well play the spoiler.
  • G-400: Paramus Catholic NJ sr Myasia Jacobs – US#1 at 55M and best known for her deep short creds from 55-200, in and out, moves up to the 400 to battle 300 US#1 Medgar Evers NY sr Kadecia Baird and a deep field of long sprint standouts.
  • G-1M: Some new faces to The Armory this winter will do battle in this one, as entries include Virginia’s Foot Locker Finalists Megan Moye (Cosby jr) and Sophie Chase (Lake Braddock sr), and from the home state West Genesee soph Laura Leff, who was 3rd at Foot Locker. Moye sports a 4:48 1600 PR from last spring.
  • B-1M: 4:09 outdoor miler and Chariho RI sr Mike Marsella has taken his time to get into things after a long XC season, but he heads up the field here in his big-meet debut. Again, Foot Locker Finalists are in force with Tim Ball (Piscataway NJ sr), Daniel Lennon (Peru NY sr) and Connor Rog (Fairfield Prep CT sr) in the field. Then there’s also the speed of 2011 New Balance Indoor Nationals 800 champ and Liverpool NY sr Zavon Watkins (1:49.70 800 / 4:11.13 1600 PRs outdoors).

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SCHEDULE

2012 New Balance Games Order of Events

Time Event
9 am Varsity Girls' Shot Put Relay
9 am Varsity Boys' Long Jump Relay
9 am Varsity Girls' Long Jump Relay
9 am Varsity Boys' Pole Vault Relay
9 am Varsity Girls' Shuttle Hurdle Relay (Final on Time)
9 am Freshman Girls' 4x200m Relay (Final on Time)
9:20 am Freshman Boys' 4x200m Relay (Final on Time)
9:35 am Varsity Boys' Shuttle Hurdle Relay (Final on Time)
9:45 am Sophomore Girls' 4x200m Relay (Final on Time)
10:05 am Sophomore Boys' 4x200m Relay (Final on Time)
10:25 am Varsity Girls' 4x200m Relay Trials
11:05 am Varsity Boys' 4x200m Relay Trials
11:45 am Freshman Girls' 4x400m Relay Final
12:10 pm Freshman Boys' 4x400m Relay Final
12:35 pm Sophomore Girls' 4x400m Relay Final
12:55 pm Sophomore Boys' 4x400m Relay Final

ArmoryTrack.com YouTube webcast begins

12:55 pm Varsity Boys' Invitational 55m Hurdles
1 pm Varsity Girls' Invitational 55m Hurdles
1:15 pm Varsity Girls' Invitational 400m Dash
1:20 pm Varsity Boys' Invitational 400m Dash
1:25 pm Youth Girls' 4x200m Relay Final
1:28 pm Youth Boys' 4x200m Relay Final
1:30 pm Opening Ceremony
1:40 pm Elite Men's Mile Run
1:50 pm Elite Women's 800m Run
1:55 pm Varsity Girls' Invitational Mile Run
2 pm Varsity Boys' Triple Jump Relay
2 pm Varsity Girls' Triple Jump Relay
2 pm Varsity Girls' High Jump Relay
2 pm Varsity Boys' Shot Put Relay
2 pm Varsity Boys' High Jump Relay
2 pm Varsity Girls' Pole Vault Relay
2:05 pm Varsity Girls' 4x200m Relay Final
2:15 pm Elite Women's 400m Dash
2:20 pm Elite Men's 400m Dash
2:25 pm Varsity Boys' Invitational Mile Run
2:35 pm Varsity Boys' 4x200m Relay Final
2:45 pm Elite Women's Mile Run
2:50 pm Varsity Boys' Invitational 500m Dash
2:55 pm Elite Men's 800m Run

ArmoryTrack.com YouTube webcast concludes

3:20 pm Varsity Girls' 4x400m Relay Final
4:10 pm Varsity Boys' 4x400m Relay Final
5:10 pm Varsity Girls' 4x800m Relay Final
6:10 pm Varsity Boys' 4x800m Relay Final
7 pm Varsity Girls' Sprint Medley Relay Final
7:40 pm Varsity Boys' Sprint Medley Relay Final
Hillhouse Sprint Medley RelayDoug Austin/ESPNHSPrecious Holmes hands off to Kellie Davis for the final leg of the sprint medley relay at Dartmouth Friday. Hillhouse ran a US#1 4:07.11 and Holmes the next day ran a US#2 55.80 400.
Coverage of the 43rd Dartmouth Relays
Fri.-Sun., Jan. 6-8, 2012 (preps Fri.-Sat.)
Leverone Fieldhouse, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH

LINKS: Meet home page | DyeStat Elites | Full Results
DOUG AUSTIN PHOTOS: Boys | Girls

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Newton North MA jr Carla Forbes won the LJ in US#3 19-4, then the TJ in US#1 40-10.
  • Hillhouse CT jr Precious Holmes blasted a US#2 55.80 400 Saturday after helping her 1600 SMR squad to a US#1 4:07.11 Friday
  • Pembroke MA sr Joe Vercollone rolled to a US#1 2:30.51 for 1k.
  • Colonie NY sr Giancarlo Sainato not only tied US#1 with his 1:21.67 600, but beat the other US#1 Somerville MA jr Andre Rolim (1:22.53) in the process.
  • Waterville ME jr Bethanie Brown took the 2M in a US#1 10:48.35.
  • LaSalle RI sr Molly Keating anchored her team’s US#2 12:12.44 DMR Friday, then on Saturday won the mile in 5:03.85 and added a leg on her team’s winning US#5 9:38.69 4x800
  • Bishop Hendricken RI sr Reuben Horace won the WT in US#2 69-3.5
  • Bishop Guertin NH soph Molly McCabe ran a US#2 2:16.01 800.
  • Colonie NY sr Kyle Plante took the girls 300 in US#3 39.54.
  • Salem NH sr Jerickson Fedrick zipped to a winning US#3 6.39 55 dash
  • Marshfield MA boys combined for a US#3 10:26.42 DMR, topping Pembroke MA’s US#5 10:29.61.
  • Pembroke MA sr Wesley Gallagher edged Methuen MA jr Mike O’Donnell in the mile, 4:23.45 to 4:23.58, while Wakefield MA sr Stephen Robertson took the 2M in US#4 9:23.35.
  • Lebanon NH sr Mike Cyphers won the PV at 15-0.
  • Canadian athletes from Quebec won the boys 400 (Alex Tourigny-Plante 49.90), boys 800 (Mathieu Sturkenboom 1:56.35), boys 55H (Gabriel Slythe-LÚveillÚ 7.58), and girls 55 dash (Clemence Paiement 7.06)

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Earlier this week, the USTFCCCA (that's the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association) recognized the NCAA Division I all-region teams, revealing cream of the college crop for 2011. It also offered a chance to examine where those athletes went to high school -- and which states are contributing the most Division I talent.

Making the all-region is a byproduct of placing in the top 25 in one of the nine regional meets across the country last Saturday.

That means 450 athletes make the all-region teams, a list that skims the cream off the top of Division I cross country. And while it may not be exactly the 450 best ( because not all of the regions are equal), there is information here that may be eye-opening for high school athletes and coaches thinking about the next level.

The West Regional produced the fastest winning times, the fastest 20th place finishes and fastest 50th place finishes. That could be an indication that it was held on the easiest course, but it also indicates the level of talent in the West. Six women's teams from the West are ranked in the Top 30 nationally as well as four men's teams.

The deepest region for women may be the Great Lakes, where the top 50 finished within 81 seconds. The region with the fewest spaces up front for the men was the Mid-Atlantic Region, where the first and 50th finisher were separated by 84 seconds.

So where do the 450 all-region runners come from? Where is the fertile recruiting ground?

It may not come as a surprise that there are more Kenyans on the list (35) than there are Texans (30) or Californians (27). Additionally, 40 of the runners (or close to one-tenth) come from European countries. And 25 more come from Australia, New Zealand or Canada.

Would you believe that Pennsylvania produced more men on the list (12) than New York (8) or Illinois (8)? It's true. The Keystone state trails only California (15) and Texas (15). Also, 10 come from Indiana and nine hail from Georgia.

The women's list doesn't follow the same pattern. Texas (15) produces the most, which may seem odd because the state only runs 3,200-meter races for high school girls. Twelve of the 15 go to universities within Texas.

Ohio, the source of three of the men on the list, produces the same number of women (12) as California.

After Ohio and California, New York (11) and Michigan (11) are next, followed by New Jersey (10).

Pennsylvania, represented by 12 men, has just five women on the list. Iowa has six women, no men.

Here is a combined (men and women) breakdown by state or country where the athlete went to high school. Five states that did not make this list are Hawaii, Vermont, Delaware, Arkansas and Montana.

Kenya 35, Texas 30, California 27, New York 19, Michigan 17, Pennsylvania 17, Indiana 16, Ohio 15, New Jersey 15, Illinois 15, England 13, Georgia 11, Colorado 10, Utah 10, Virginia 10, Canada 10, Arizona 9, Connecticut 9, Australia 8, Minnesota 8, New Zealand 8, Missouri 7, Massachusetts 7, Florida 7, Tennessee 6, North Carolina 6, Washington 6, Iowa 6, Wisconsin 5, Ireland 5, Maryland 5, New Mexico 4, New Hampshire 4, Alabama 4, Germany 3, Uganda 3, West Virginia 3, Nevada 3, Norway 3, Kansas 3, South Carolina 3, Oregon 3, Wyoming 3, Nebraska 3, Kentucky 3, France 2, Belgium 2, Sweden 2, Idaho 2, Oklahoma 2, South Dakota 2, Mississippi 2, The Netherlands 2, Scotland 1, Maine 1, Czech Rep. 1, Rhode Island 1, Ethiopia 1, Venezuela 1, Zambia 1, Alaska 1, North Dakota 1, Portugal 1, Louisiana 1, South Africa 1, Estonia 1, Serbia 1 , Switzerland 1.
Fourteen states conducted state meets on Saturday, making it the biggest weekend of the season so far.

This week there are 18 more state meets.

Here is a look at the action over the weekend, starting in New England, where a huge Nor'easter swept in and dumped a lot of pre-Halloween snow.

State meets in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island were spared the snow -- ducking under the wire before the storm hit.

The storm was in Connecticut by Saturday morning and races were conducted in white-out conditions. Check out this Hartford Courant resport, which quotes Glastonbury's Reid Watson saying she had to squint through the race to keep the snow and bright reflected light out of her eyes. Some of the races were originally postponed to Monday, but power outages are preventing them from happening today, either.

Working our way west, in West Virginia, Maggie Drazba set a record and Jacob Burcham did his thing.

In Indiana, it was Futsum Zeinasellassie's time to shine, breaking a course record held by Lukas Verzbicas on the way to his third state title. Plus the US#6 Carmel girls and US#6 Columbus North boys rolled.

In Wisconsin, Molly Seidel was a scene-stealer, breaking her own meet record. You should know that when we entered her 4K time into the TFX rankings system, we were met with a warning. Are you sure? (Her 13:39 is faster than the parameters we have set, prompting a warning).

In Iowa, it's all about Dowling Catholic, which swept the team titles.

In Oklahoma, Arya Bahreini of Edmonds Santa Fe posted an impressive win.

In Kansas, Jacob Morgan won his second straight title for Washburn Rural.

There was a blockbuster girls race in Colorado and Monarch emerged on top of the 5A heap and Jordyn Colter won the individual title as a freshman. The Fort Collins boys and Classical Academy girls (3A) also were headliners at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds.

In Idaho, the era of seniors Emily Nist and Dallin Farnsworth reach their zenith. Nist won her third title, Farnsworth his second.

And in Hawaii, on the beautiful island of Maui, the Hawaii Preparatory girls and Leilehua boys won titles.

Also, US#1 Edward Cheserek conquered yet another course record, this time at the Essex County Championships.
The junior from St. Benedict's N.J. made more history on Sunday, becoming the first to break 12 minutes on Van Cortlandt Park's famed 2.5-mile course layout. He ran 11:55.39 at the Manhattan Invitational.

Edward Cheserek is 3-for-3 on course records so far and is building one of the greatest junior class seasons ever.

Meanwhile, US#1 Christian Brothers Academy NJ took care of business with a 60-point total and win. Jillian Fanning (14:03.8) led US#1 Fayetteville-Manlius NY to another girls championship, with 45 points.

In Michigan, the Saline MI girls rolled at Portage even without top runner Elianna Shwayder. A 28-second spread among the top five paved the way. Julia Bos of Grand Rapids Christian broke the course record, running 17:32.5. Steve U filed this story from the meet.

Southlake Carroll dominated the Nike South Invitational in Texas, winning the boys and girls titles. Mike Taylor has all of the details.

Trabuco Hill's boys and Granada Hill's girls took home top honors at California's Clovis Invitational. All of the results and details are at DyestatCal.

The competition for state titles in Connecticut came into clearer focus with Saturday's Wickham Park Invitational. Connor Rog of Fairfield Prep CT ran the day's best time.

In Washington, Kamiakin's US#3 individual Anthony Armstrong ran a course record 14:52.03 at the Richland Invitational but missed out on the head to head competition with Wenatchee's Jacob Smith and Shadle Park's Nathan Weitz. Smith didn't finish the race and Weitz didn't start.

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