11th Hispanic Games
Jan 8, 2005 at the New York Armory, New York NY

Action Photos
Donna on the Side

134 DyeStat Elite marks

Prior years

the meet's own web site

Simon Gratz PA boys move up to #8 on all time
US 4x200 list to lead flurry of US#1 times

John Dye's action photo album -- 38 action shots tell the story of the featured races. In boys mile (below) St. Benedict's NJ sr Bryan Scotland (center) answered challenges by Mark Russell of Lockport NY (1) and Jon Martinez of North Rockland NY (13) to win in 4:14.35 US#2 with three more runners under 4:19.


  • B 4x200 - Simon Gratz PA, already the best in the US this year, improved their US#1 mark to 1:27.96, US#8 all time.
  • G 55m - New Rochelle NY jr Lynne Layne 6.94 US#1
  • G 4x200 - Middle College at Medger Evers, Brooklyn, 1:40.97 US#1 (Eleanor Roosevelt MD 1:41.25 US#2).
  • G55H - Eleanor Roosevelt MD sr Bever-Leigh Holloway 8.21 US#1
  • B55H - Jermaine Thompson, Transit Tech NY 7.71 US#3
  • B MIle - St. Benedict NJ sr Bryan Scotland, who ran the fastest 800m in the US 2 weeks ago, won a swift race here in 4:14.35, which was US#1 until Dan McManamon topped it at Dartmouth later in the afternoon. Next were Foot Locker finalist Jon Martinez 4:15.64 and Mark Russell 4:17.77.
  • B 2-Mile - Brooklyn International sr Girma Segni 9:35.83. Segni is an Ethiopian native who came to the small (300 students) Brooklyn school 3 years ago.
  • B 400 - Transit Tech's Clemore Henry 48.60 US#1.
  • G-400 - Queen of Peace NJ sr Janine Davis 54.92 US#1. About the absence of Devon Williams and Nicole Leach because of New York association sanctioning restrictions, Davis said, "With or without them, I just came to run my race. But they probably would have pushed me."
  • G-3000 - Warwick Valley jr Aislinn Ryan 9:57.54, a total solo effort winning by 42 seconds.
  • G-Mile - Bellport NY soph Brittany Sheffey 4:55.39 US#1. Sheffey kicked away from Mary Liz McCurdy 4:57.27 and Kara McKenna 4:58.10.
  • B-800 - Syosset NY sr Sean Tully 1:53.63 US#2 edges Kevin Tschirhart 1:54.27.
  • G-800 - Hempstead NY sr Jeavon Benjamin 2:13.99 US#1
  • G-HJ - Shoreham Wading River sr Lauren Biscardi 5-8, tied for US#1.

Sanctioning issues undercut the elite glamor of this meet, with national stars from West Catholic PA and Towson Catholic MD barred from runnning against New York athletes. West Catholic PA's crack girls relay team, with Nicole Leach and Latavia Thomas, and Towson Catholic MD national record holder Devon Williams went to the Montgomery Invitational in Maryland instead.

4x200 - Simon Gratz PA lowers its US#1 time to 1:27.96, US#8 all time
2 Mile - Girma Segni 9:35.83 2-mile (Dan Lewis 9:36.01)
Mile - Brittany Sheffey 4:55.39

3000 - Aislinn Ryan 9:57.54
400 - Janine Davis 54.92
400 - Clemore Henry 48.60, Jamel Williams 49.02


Prior Years



2004 - Elzie Coleman leads Jason Richardson halfway en route to national indoor record 46.58 in the 400m dash. Other big winners were Nicole Blood, Natasha Hastings, Hakon Devries, Devon Williams and Felipe Reyes.

2003 - 2002 - 2001 -


by the Armory staff

More than 5,000 athletes from over 250 schools in eight states and Washington, DC, will compete in the ninth annual Citibank Hispanic Games at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory on West 168th Street on Saturday (Jan. 8). The meet will start at 9 a.m., with the featured events getting under way at 1:30 p.m. The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards will be presented at 2:00pm.

In the girls 3,000 Meter Run, National Foot Locker champion Aislinn Ryan of Warwick Valley (NY) High School will try to break the meet record of 9:47.58 set by Nicole Blood of Saratoga Springs (NY) High School at last year’s Citibank Hispanic Games. Ryan should be pushed by the Bay Shore (NY) duo of Laura Cummings, a Foot Locker finalist, and Lauren Schmidt, winner of the Two-Mile Run at the Bishop Loughlin Games.

Aislinn Ryan may be looking to pull off one of the toughest doubles in the meet. In addition to the 3,000, she is entered in the Mile. In the Mile, she will be pushed by defending champion Devon Williams of Towson Catholic (MD), who holds the meet record of 4:50.76. But don’t count out Brittany Sheffey of Bellport (NY) High School, the Bishop Loughlin Games 1,000 meter champion, and Mary Liz McCurdy of Bay Shore (NY) High School.

The 400 Meter Dash is by far the deepest girls field. The event includes 24 athletes seeded under 60 seconds. Depending on how state sanctions play out, the first section could be loaded with Nicole Leach of West Catholic (PA); Devon Williams, Towson Catholic (MD); Janine Davis, Queen of Peace (NJ); Krystal Cantey, Winslow Township (NJ); Jessica Clark, Murry Bergtraum (Manhattan); Joy Henry, Benjamin Cardoza (Manhattan); and Janean Morris, Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn). They will be shooting for the national record of 52.10. The meet record of 53.80 is held by Natasha Hastings of A. Philip Randolph.

The Boys 3,200 Meter Run features Kevin Tshirhart of Northport (NY), who stole the show at the Marine Corps Relays with his 4:13 anchor leg in the Distance Medley Relay. He could challenge the meet record of 9:11:52 held by Chris Pannone of Hunterdon Central (NJ).

The Boys Mile Run, an automatic qualifier for the Millrose Games Mile, is up for grabs. Geary Gubbins (Southampton) and Brian Schmidt from Kellenberg (NY) battled it out at the Brown Invitational with Gubbins coming out on top, and they lead the field in this event. Both have to watch out for the kick of Bryan Scotland of St. Benedict’s (NJ), who won the Invitational 800 Meters at the Marine Corps Relays in 1:53.32. Other contenders include Paul Ahearn (Londonderry, NH) and Carlos Jamieson of North Rockland (NY). The meet record of 4:14.36 is held by Hakon Devries of John Jay (NY).

The Boys 400 Meter Dash is just as loaded as the girls, with 20 runners seeded under 50 seconds, but nobody the clear favorite. Look for a battle between Garnell Hall of Cantonville (MD), Steve Delice, Sheepshead Bay (Brooklyn), Khaliff Featherstone, Simon Gratz (PA), and Atiba Liverpool of Elmont (NY). Don’t be surprised if a dark horse from the second heat steals the race. Elzie Coleman of Newburgh Free Academy (NY) set the meet record of 46.58 last season.

There could be a seven-foot high jump if the crowd gets behind James Blocker of August Martin (Queens). Blocker jumped 6-10 at the Bishop Loughlin Games and was named the outstanding field performer of the meet. The meet record of 7-3 was set by Michael Morrison of Willingboro (NJ) last season.


Running events (inside the oval)

9:30 Girls 55 Meter Hurdles Trials - TOP EIGHT TIMES TO THE FINAL
10:00 Boys 55 Meter Dash Trials - TOP EIGHT TIMES TO THE FINAL
10:30 Girls 55 Meter Dash Trials - TOP EIGHT TIMES TO THE FINAL
11:30 Girls 55 Meter Hurdle Final
11:40 Boys 55 Meter Hurdle Final
11:50 Girls 55 Meter Dash Final
12:00 Boys 55 Meter Dash Final

Running events (oval track)

8:50 Girls 1500 Meter Walk
9:20 Boys Mile Run
11:10 Girls Mile Run
12:40 Boys 800 Meter Relay - Trials
1:20 Girls 800 Meter Relay � Trials
2:00 National Anthem and Presentation
2:20 Boys 3200 Meter Run
2:35 Girls 3000 Meter Run
2:45 Girls 800 Meter Relay Final
2:50 Invitational Boys One Mile Run
3:00 Invitational Girls 400 Meter Dash Final
3:10 Invitational Boys 400 Meter Dash Final
3:20 Invitational Girls One Mile Run
3:30 Boys 800 Meter Relay Final
3:35 Boys 400 Meter Dash - Final on Time
4:10 Girls 400 Meter Dash - Final on Time
4:55 Boys 200 Meter Dash - Trials
5:35 Girls 200 Meter Dash - Trials
6:10 Boys 800 Meter Run
6:55 Girls 800 Meter Run
7:40 Boys 200 Meter Dash - Final
7:45 Girls 200 Meter Dash - Final
7:50 Boys 1600 Meter Relay - Final on Time
8:20 Girls 1600 Meter Relay - Final on Time
8:50 Boys 3200 Meter Relay - Final
9:20 Girls 3200 Meter Relay - Final

Field Events

9:00 Boys Pole Vault, Boys Shot Put, Boys Long Jump, Girls Long Jump
2:00 Boys and Girls High Jump (2 High Jump areas), Boys and Girls Triple Jump, Girls Pole Vault
2:00 Girls Shot Put


Accepted Teams

A.P. Randolph - Brooklyn NY
Absegami - Boys Galloway NJ
Absegami - Girls Galloway NJ
Aquinas Bronx NY
Archbishop Molloy Briarwood NY
Archbishop Stepinac White Plains NY
Arlington LaGranegville NY
August Martin Jamaica NY
Baldwin Baldwin NY
Barrington Barrington RI
Beacon School - Boys New York NY
Beacon School - Girls New York NY
Bellport - Boys Brookhaven NY
Bellport - Girls Brookhaven NY
Benjamin Cardoza Bay Side NY
Berkley Carroll Brooklyn NY
Bernards Bernardsville NJ
Bishop Ford Brooklyn NY
Bishop Loughlin Brooklyn NY
Boys & Girls Brooklyn NY
Branford Branford CT
Brentwood - Boys Brentwood NY
Brentwood - Girls Brentwood NY
Bronxville - Boys Bronxville NY
Bronxville - Girls Bronxville NY
Brooklyn International Brooklyn NY
Calhoun Merrick NY
Camden - Boys Camden NJ
Camden - Girls Camden NJ
Cantonville Baltimore MD
Cardinal Hayes Bronx NY
Career New Haven CT
Carmel Carmel NY
CBA Lincroft NJ
Center Moriches - Boys Center Moriches NY
Center Moriches - Girls Center Moriches NY
Central Islip Central Islip NY
Chaminade Mineola NY
Cheltenham Wyncote PA
Cheltenham - Girls Wyncote PA
Christopher Colombus Bronx NY
Clara Barton Brooklyn NY
Clarkstown South West Nyack NY
Collegiate New York NY
Commack - Boys Commack NY
Commack - Girls Commack NY
Comsewogue Port Jefferson NY
Cornwall New Windsor NY
Deer Park Deer Park NY
DeWitt Clinton - Boys Bronx NY
DeWitt Clinton - girls Bronx NY
East Meadow East Meadow NY
Eastchester Eastchester NY
Eastern - Boys Voorhees NY
Eastern - Girls Voorhees NY
Elmont Elmont NY
Erasmus Brooklyn NY
Fair Lawn Fair Lawn NJ
Fashion New York NY
FDR Hyde park NY
Flushing Flushing NY
Fox Lane Bedford NY
Francis Lewis Fresh Meadows NY
Freehold boro Freehold NJ
Freeport Freeport NY
Friendly Fort Washington MD
Friends Central Wynnewood PA
Garden City - Boys Garden City NY
Garden City - Girls Garden City NY
Germantown Academy Fort Washington PA
Glen Cove Glen Cove NY
Glover Cleveland - Boys Ridgewood NY
Gorton Yonkers NY
Grady Brooklyn NY
Great Neck North Great Neck North NY
Grover Cleveland Ridgewood NY
Half Hollow Hills West - Boys Stony Brook NY
Half Hollow Hills West - Girls Dix Hills NY
Harborfields Harborfield NY
Harriton Rosemont PA
Harry S Truman Bronx NY
Hastings Hastings NY
Hatboro-Horsham Horsham PA
Hempstead Hempstead NY
Hendrick Hudson Montrose NY
Henry Hudson Regional Highlands NJ
Herbert h Lehman Bronx NY
Herricks New Hyde park NY
Hightstown Hightstown NJ
Hightstown Hightstown NJ
Holy Cross Flushing NY
Holy Cross Waterbury CT
Holy Trinity Hicksville NY
Horace Greeley Chappaqua NY
Hunter New York NY
Hunterdon Central Flemington NJ
Iona Prep New Rochelle NY
Irvington Irvington NY
Jackson Memorial - Boys Jackson NJ
Jackson Memorial - Girls Jackson NJ
Jamaica - Girls Jamaica NY
James I O'Neil Highland Falls NY
Jericho Jericho NY
John F Kennedy - Bellmore Bellmore NY
John F Kennedy - Bronx Bronx NY
John Jay - Fishkill Hopewell Jct NY
Kearny Kearny NJ
LaGuardia - Girls New York NY
Lawrence Lawrence NY
Lenape - Boys Medford NJ
Lenape - Girls Medford NJ
Lincoln Yonkers NY
Lockport Lockport NY
Londonberry Londonberry NY
Long Beach Long Beach NY
Lynbrook Lynbrook NY
Mahopac Mahopac NY
Manalapan Englishtown NJ
Manasquan Manasquan NJ
Manhasset Manhasset NY
Marlboro Marlboro NJ
Martin Luther King New York NY
Martin Van Buren - Boys Queens Village NY
Martin Van Buren - Girls Queens NY
Massapequa - Boys Massapequa NY
Massapequa - Girls Massapequa NY
Middle College Brooklyn NY
Middle Country - Boys Centereach NY
Middle Country - Girls Centereach NY
Midwood - Boys Brooklyn NY
Miller Place - Boys Miller Place NY
Miller Place - Girls Miller Place NY
Monroe-Woodbury Central Valley NY
Mount St Michael Bronx NY
Mount Vernon Mt Vernon NY
Mount Vernon - Boys Mt Vernon NY
Msgr McClancy East Elmhurst NY
MSIT Staten Island NY
Murry Bertraum New York NY
Nanuet Nanuet NY
Neptune Neptune NJ
New Hyde Park New Hyde Park NY
New Rochelle New Rochelle NY
Newburgh Free Academy Newburgh NY
Newton North Newton MA
Noor-Ul-Iman School Monmouth Jct NJ
Norman Thomas New York NY
North Bergen North Bergen NJ
North Rockland - Boys Theills NY
North Rockland - Girls Theills NY
North Shore Glen Head NY
Northport Northport NY
Notre Dame Staten Island NY
Nyack Upper Nyack NY
Oceanside Oceanside NY
Old Bridge - Boys Old Bridge NJ
Old Bridge - Girls Old Bridge NJ
Ossining Ossining NY
Oxon Hill Oxon Hill MD
Panas Cortlandt Manor NY
Park Brooklandville MD
Pearl River - Girls Pearl River NY
Pennsauken Pennsauken NJ
Philadelphia HS Girls Philadelphia PA
Piscataway Somerset NJ
Piscataway - Boys Piscataway NJ
Plattsburg Plattsburg NY
Plymouth-Whitemarsch Plymouth Meeting PA
Port Chester Port Chester NY
Port Jefferson Port Jefferson NY
Queen of Peace North Arlington NJ
Rancocas Valley Regional Mount Holly NJ
Regis New York NY
Richmond Hill Richmond Hill NY
Ridgefield - Boys Ridgefield CT
Ridgefiled - Girls Ridgefield CT
Roosevelt Yonkers NY
Rye Rye NY
Sacred Heart Academy Hempstead NY
Saddle Brook Saddle Brook NJ
Saint Rose Belmont NJ
Scarsdale Scarsdale NY
Shawnee - Boys Medford NJ
Shawnee - Girls Medford NJ
Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn NY
Simon Gratz Philadelphia PA
Somers Lincondale NY
South Brunswick Monmouth Jct NJ
South River South River NJ
South Shore - Boys Brooklyn NY
South Shore - Girls Brooklyn NY
Southampton - Boys Southampton NY
Southampton - Girls Southampton NY
Southern Regional - Girls Manahawan NJ
St Anthony's - Boys South Huntington NY
St Anthony's - Girls South Hungtington NY
St Benedict's Prep Newark NJ
St John Newmann Philadelphia PA
St John the Baptist - Boys West Islip NY
St John the Baptist - Girls West Islip NY
St John Villa Staten Island NY
St John's College Washington DC DC
St Mary's Manhasset NY
St Peter's - Boys Staten Island NY
St Peter's - Girls Staten Island NY
St Rose Belmar NJ
Stuyvesant New York NY
Suffern Suffern NY
Syosset Syosset NY
TappanZee Orangeburg NY
Thomas Jefferson Brooklyn NY
Toms River North - Girls Toms River NJ
Townson Catholic Townson MD
Transit Tech Brooklyn NY
Trenton Central Trenton NJ
Trevor Day New York NY
Uniondale - Boys Uniondale NY
Uniondale - Girls Uniondale NY
Valley Stream Central Valley Stream NY
Valley Stream North Franklin Square NY
Valley Stream South Valley Stream NY
Valley Stream South - Boys Valley Stream NY
Vineland Vineland NJ
Walt Whitman Huntington NY
Walton - Boys Bronx NY
Walton - Girls Bronx NY
Wantagh Wantagh NY
Ward Melville East Setauket NY
Warwick Valley - Boys Warwick NY
Warwick Valley - Girls Warwick NY
Washington Irving New York NY
Washington Twp Sewell NJ
Webster Schroeder Webster NY
West Catholic Philadelphia PA
West Hampton Beach Westhampton NY
West Hempstead W Hempstead NY
West Islip West Islip NY
Wilton Wilton CT
Winslow Township - Boys Atco NJ
Winslow Township - Girls Atco NJ
Wissahickon Ambler PA
Woodrow Wilson - Boys Camden NJ
Woodrow Wilson - Girls Camden NJ
Woodstown Woodstown NJ
Xaverian Brooklyn NY
Xavier New York NY

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