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Nicole Leach 53.48 400m US#1
West Catholic PA sr Nicole Leach (57)finished in a blanket between two Olympians in the elite women's 400 meters. Ronetta Smith of LSU and Jamaica 53.34, Leach 53.48 and Ieva Zunda of Latvia 53.53. Leach hung with Smith the whole way and staved off the late charge of Zunda.
Mary Liz McCurdy NY 4:52.87 US#1
McCurdy led wire to wire in a seemingly effortless race with splits of 70.8, 2:25.1 and 3:39.8 [Walt Murphy]
Clemore Henry 48.49 400m US#1
Transit Tech NY star was 6th in the elite race but improved on his US#1 ranking.
Mary Saxer 13-0 PV
Lancaster NY sr Mary Saxer, the national record holder at 14-0, cleared 12-0 and 13-0 easily and then missed three times at an Armory record 13-5.5.
|Mile - Lockport NY sr Mark Russell 4:17.03, Anthony Lemastro of Pope John XXIII NJ 4:17.54, and Geary Gubbins of Southampton NY 4:18.74. Russell led through a quarter in 62.5 and a half in 2:09.3. Then first Gubbins and then Kellenberg's Brian Schmidt challenged, with Schmidt getting the lead at the three quarter mark in 3:16. Gubbins countered at the bell, but Russell then kicked for the win.
4x200 - Clinton NY 1:30.57 (US#1 Simon Gratz was a casualty of the snowstorm); Newburgh NY dropped the baton on the anchor exchange while duelling for the lead.
4x400 - Transit Tech NY 3:24.44
|Mile - Mary Liz McCurdy NY 4:52.88 US#1, leading wire to wire with splits of 70.8, 2:25.1 and 3:39.8 [Walt Murphy]
4x200 - Middle College - Medgar Evers NY 1:41.83, with Wilson Camden NJ falling on the first exchange.
4x400 - Conestoga PA 4:03.67
4x800 - Bay Shore NY 9:21.36, without Laura Cummings, who is just starting to train again after a plantar fascia injury. Bay Shore was a split second off its US#2 time of 9:21.0.
|Mary Liz McCurdy "felt good" and showed it. Her league championships were cancelled because of snow, so she took the train into the city and won the girls invitational mile.
photo by Greg Armstrong
Mark Russell, Anthony LaMastro and Geary Gubbins in mile.
Middle College at Medgar Evers NY, leading 4x200 team in the country
This is the meet where Alan Webb became the first high schooler to run a sub-4 minute mile indoors. The schedule mixes elite and high school events in a typical 12-hour New York Armory day. This year's prep to vie with the elites is West Catholic Philadelphia PA sr Nicole Leach, the fastest high school 400m runner this season to date (54.90). Leach will run against Olympians Ronetta Smith of Jamaica and Ieza Zunda of Latvia. Other US high school season leaders competing are Mary Saxer NY (14-0 PV USR), Simon Gratz Philadelphia PA boys (US#1 in three relays) and Middle College at Medgar Evers HS of Brooklyn (1:40.83 4x200). Winners of the invitational miles are automatic qualifiers for the Millrose Games high school miles Feb 4.
|2004 - Heather Iatauro (red)
edges Laura Cummings
|2004 - Gavin Coombs (white)
edges Hakon Devries
|2001 - Alan Webb (blue)
by the Armory staff
*More than 5,000 athletes from over 200 schools in eight states will compete in the 10th Annual New Balance Games at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory on West 168th Street on Saturday (Jan. 22). The meet will start at 9 a.m. The featured section of the meet will begin at 1:30 p.m.
*The winners of the sixth annual New Balance Marty Glickman Award, named for the late, legendary radio and TV sports announcer, are Woodrow Wilson High School of Camden, New Jersey, which finished first, and Suffern High School of Suffern, NY, which came in second place. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in academics, team spirit and community service.
*The Elite Women’s Mile will feature the return to the Armory of Carmen Douma-Hussar of Canada. Carmen, who represents the New Balance Track Club, won the Millrose Games Mile last year and took the bronze medal at the 2004 World Indoor Championships. Her competitors will include Hilary Edmondson of Canada, a Wisconsin graduate who finished fourth in the Mile at the 2004 NCAA Championships and is ranked No. 10 in the world. She finished fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and fifth at the Canadian Olympic Trials. The field also includes Canada’s Lisa Labreque, a Michigan graduate (2001) who was Big 10 champion in the 800 Meters, and Russia’s Yelena Kanales, who finished sixth at the Russian Indoor National Championships last year at 1500 Meters.
*The field for the Elite Women’s 400 Meters includes Ronetta Smith (Jamaica), a bronze medalist in the 4x400 Meter Relay at the 2004 Olympics who currently resides in Louisiana; Nicole Leach of West Philadelphia High School (PA), the 2004 National Scholastic Indoor champion at 52.19, who will be going to UCLA, and Ieza Zunda of Latvia, a 2004 Olympian in the 400 Meter Hurdles.
*The Girls 800 Meter Relay will be led by Middle College of Medgar Evers (Brooklyn), which leads the nation with a 1:40.97 time, but will be shooting for the meet record of 1:38.20, set by Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) in 2002. Two schools that could pull off an upset are Hempstead (NY) and Harry S. Truman (Bronx).
*The Girls Mile, an automatic Millrose Games qualifier, includes three outstanding competitors in Brittany Sedberry of Ocean City (NJ), Alison Smith of Atholton (Columbia, MD) and Danielle Turo of Southern Regional (Manahawkin, NJ). Don’t count out Emily Standridge of Bethlehem ((Delmar, NY), Kimberly Standridge of Randolph (NJ), and Lisa Burkholder of Cherokee (Malton, NJ). They will all be after the meet record of 4:53.7, set by Heather Iaturo of Tri-Valley (NY).
*In the Girls Pole Vault, national record holder Mary Saxer of Lancaster (NY), who set the mark at 14’ at this year’s Dartmouth Relays, will take on Tiffany Maskulinski of Iroquois (Elma, NY). Saxer is the first female high school vaulter to clear 14’.
*The Elite Men’s Mile will see the return of defending champion Elkanah Angwenyi of Kenya and the charismatic James Thie of Wales, who won in 2003.
Thie finished fourth at the World Indoor Championships in 2004 and took second place in the Mile at the 2004 Millrose Games. Also contending will be Adrian Blincoe of New Zealand, a graduate of Villanova and 2004 Olympian.
*The Elite Men’s 400 Meters will feature Sanjay Ayre (Jamaica), a 2004 gold medalist in the 4x400 Meter Relay at the World Indoor Championships who attended Auburn; James Davis, a 2003 gold medalist for the U.S. at the World Indoor Championships in the 4x400 Meter Relay who attended the University of Colorado, and Ashton Collins, a 2003 Pan American Games junior gold medalist in the 4x100 and 4x400 Meter Relays who resides in Virginia. Also running will be Americans Joe Mendel, Tyrone Ross and Godfrey Herring.
*The Boys 800 Meter Relay should be outstanding with five of the top six teams in the country set to compete. Simon Gratz (Philadelphia, PA) leads the nation with a 1:27.96 win at the Citibank Hispanic Games. They will be pushed by Herbert Lehman (Bronx), Camden (NJ), Vineland (NJ) and Sheepshead Bay (Brooklyn). Camden set the meet record at 1:28.09 last year.
*The winner of the Boys Mile gets an automatic qualifier for the Millrose Games Mile. Mark Russell of Lockport (NY) was the runner-up at the Citibank Hispanic Games, but will be pushed by John Martinez and Carlos Jamieson, both of North Rockland (NY). Martinez finished 14th at the National Foot Locker Cross Country Championships and Jamieson has run a 9:12 two-mile. Geary Gubbins of Southampton (NY) and Brian Schmidt of Kellenberg (Uniondale, NY), battled it out at the Brown Invitational with Gubbins, who won the 3200 Meters at the Bishop Loughlin Games, coming out on top. Other contenders include Ryan Sheridan of Walt Whitman (Huntington Station, NY), Sean Tully of Syosset (NY) and Rob Novack of Bordentown Regional (NJ). They are all after the meet record of 4:11.35, set by Gavin Cooms of Griswod (CT) in 2004.
*Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for Students and Seniors.
*Other upcoming events:
Sunday, Jan. 23: Catholic High School Athletic Association Brooklyn/Queens Championships and New York Sectional Championships, 9 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 24: New Jersey Freshman/Sophomore Championships, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 26: Bergen County Relays, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 27: New York Road Runners Thursday Night at the Races, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 28: Ivy League Prep Schools, 4 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 28: Metropolitan Athletics Congress Open/Masters, 7 p.m.
|2004 - Two fabulous finishes in miles are won by Gavin Coombs and Heather Iatauro. Josh McDougal beats Galen Rupp in 2-mile with US#7 all time performance. Nicole Blood, Camden NJ boys and West Catholic PA girls also star.
2003 - Natasha Hastings 1:11.84 sets national record for 500 meters.
2002 - Eleanor Roosevelt MD girls win three relays with all-time top 10 times.
2001 - Alan Webb goes sub-4:00. First US high school sub-4:00 in 34 years and first ever indoors.
2000 - 1999
revised Jan 18
9:00 GIRLS SHUTTLE HURDLE RELAY - FINAL ON TIME
9:35 BOYS SHUTTLE HURDLE RELAY - FINAL ON TIME
9:00 FRESHMEN GIRLS 800 METER RELAY- FINAL ON TIME
9:20 FRESHMEN BOYS 800 METER RELAY - FINAL ON TIME
9:45 SOPHOMORE GIRLS 800 METER RELAY -FINAL ON TIME
10:05 SOPHOMORE BOYS 800 METER RELAY -FINAL ON TIME
10:25 VARSITY GIRLS 800 METER RELAY - TRIALS
11:05 VARSITY BOYS 800 METER RELAY TRIALS
11:45 FRESHMEN GIRLS 1600 METER RELAY - FINAL
12:10 FRESHMEN BOYS 1600 METER RELAY - FINAL
12:35 SOPHOMORE GIRLS 1600 METER RELAY - FINAL
1:05 SOPHOMORE BOYS 1600 METER RELAY- FINAL
1:30 NATIONAL ANTHEM AND MARTY GLICKMAN PRESENTATION/ACADEMIC AWARDS
1:40 YOUTH GIRLS 800 METER RELAY - FINAL
1:45 YOUTH BOYS 800 METER RELAY - FINAL
1:50 VARSITY GIRLS INVITATIONAL MILE
2:00 VARSITY GIRLS 800 METER RELAY - FINAL
2:10 ELITE WOMEN'S MILE RUN
2:20 ELITE WOMEN'S 400 METER RUN
2:25 VARSITY BOYS INVITATIONAL MILE
2:35 VARSITY BOYS 800 METER RELAY - FINAL
2:40 ELITE MEN'S 400 METER RUN
2:45 ELITE MEN'S MILE RUN
3:15 VARSITY GIRLS 1600 METER RELAY - FINAL
4:10 VARSITY BOYS 1600 METER RELAY - FINAL
5:10 VARSITY GIRLS 3200 METER RELAY - FINAL
6:10 VARSITY BOYS 3200 METER RELAY - FINAL
7:00 VARSITY GIRLS SPRINT MEDLEY RELAY - FINAL
7:40 VARSITY BOYS SPRINT MEDLEY RELAY - FINAL
9:00 VARSITY GIRLS SHOT PUT RELAY
9:00 VARSITY BOYS LONG JUMP RELAY
2:00 VARSITY BOYS TRIPLE JUMP TO FOLLOW LONG JUMP
9:00 VARSITY GIRLS LONG JUMP RELAY
2:00 VARSITY GIRLS TRIPLE JUMP TO FOLLOW LONG JUMP
9:00 VARSITY BOYS POLE VAULT RELAY
11:00 VARSITY GIRLS HIGH JUMP RELAY
2:00 VARSITY BOYS SHOT PUT RELAY
11:00 VARSITY BOYS HIGH JUMP RELAY
2:00 VARSITY GIRLS POLE VAULT RELAY (SCORING EVENT)
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