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New York Relays
Icahn Stadium, New York NY
April 18-20, 2008
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Chanelle Price 2:03.98 !

by John Dye

Chanelle Price was billed as the star of the meet, and she lived up to everyone's expectations in the girls 800.

As usual, Price blazed away from the opening gun. By the middle of the backstretch, Charlene Lipsey, a 2:09 runner in her own right, was hopelessly behind and losing ground. Price was flying like it was a 400 meter race instead of 800. She finished the first lap in a stunning 56.3 (left). Price tired, of course, on the second lap but still beat the previous fastest time in the US this year by more than 4 seconds (2:08.46 by Texas freshman Chelsey Sveinsson).

Did Price plan to run the first lap so fast? "No. I was planning 58 or 59," Price said, but she was pleased with the race.

"I ended last year at 2:02 and I start this year at 2:03, so I am ahead of last year at this time," Price said. She is training this year with hopes of peaking at the US Olympic Trials in the 2:00 range, which would be a new national high school record. Her goal today was 2:01 or 2:02. "I always set my goals high." Right -- a 2:01 or 2:02 would have been a PR and she is already the 3rd fastest US high school ever on her 2:02.38 at last year's USATF National Championships against elite women.

After Price finished, several other girls came along in very respectable times. Lipsey was second in 2:09.61 (US#3 this year), Emily Menges of Garden City was third in 2:10.72 and six more girls were under 2:20.

Boys 400: Troy Faulkner, Curtis 48.33
Girls SMR:
Boys & Girls (left) 4:04.90 (Tilden 4:04.92)

photo by Derek Alvez

photo by John Dye

  • B 800: Brian Riley, South Side 1:57.95 (Rob Morhard, Methacton 1:57.96) in the closest race of the day.
  • B 400: Troy Faulkner, Curtis 48.33 caught Terrance Livingston, Great Neck South 48.56 and Anthony Celestin, Hempstead 48.92 in the last strides.
  • G SMR: Boys & Girls 4:04.90 (Tilden 4:04.92) in a furious photo finish between B&G anchor Meagan Gillespie and Tilden's Monique McKenzie.
  • G 4x1600: Warwick Valley 21:35.89, taking the lead on Kim Naples' second leg and expanding with Tori Pennings and Lillian Greibesland to win by 50 seconds.
  • Decathlon: Aaron Konigsberg, Hackley 5348 (Sherwin Patrice, Erasmus Hall 5285). Patrice fell short despite making up 145 points on the closing 1500. Konigsberg overcame a no height in the pole vault.
  • B Javelin: Eric Brittingham, Methacton 196-11
  • B SMR: Half Hollow Hills West 3:29.45, with Kyle Merber anchoring. Merber took the lead at the outset of the 800m leg and held off Monsignor Farrell in the stretch.
  • G 400: 1. Sheina Roberts, Bishop Loughlin 56.10, 2. Cara Rostand, Valley Stream South 56.52.
  • G 800: Chanelle Price 2:03.98 (Charlene Lipsey 2:09.61). Price blasted away from Lipsey in the first 150 meters en route to a 56.3 first lap.
  • B 4x1600: Collegiate repeats in 18:02.50, coming from behind on anchor.
  • B Steeple: Taylor Dressman, Grady 9:52.70
  • G Steeple: Allison Linnell, Colts Neck NJ 6:57.63 was in complete command, winning by 30 seconds.
  • Heptathlon: Farath Raphael, Half Hollow Hills East set a meet record with a score of 3834.

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