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  38th Hartford Public Invitational

Sat., May 9, 2009
Irv Black Track, Veterans Stadium, Willowbrook Park, New Britain CT

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Big marks for Springer, Barnaby, Loxsom, Predmore
There was little question who the stars were at the Hartford Public Schools Invitational.  Andrew Springer (Westerly, RI), Daundre Barnaby (Weaver, CT), Michelle Quimby (Shenendehowa, NY), Lizzie Predmore (Shenendehowa, NY), Cas Loxsom (Wilbur Cross, CT) and Robert Guider (Danbury, CT), each either set a new record or posted a performance high on the national list. Full meet report

  • 210 Dyestat Elite Performances !!
  • Shenendehowa's Lizze Predmore posts a US #1 in the 2 mile with a 10;44.74 win
  • Westerly RI sr Andrew Springer, 2 days after his 4:03.5 DMR anchor at Loucks, starts his day with a 1:55 leg on his team's 3rd place 4x800, then rips a near-solo US#3 4:08.79 mile
  • Weaver CT sr Daundre Barnaby flies to a US#3 46.35 400 and also takes the 200 in 21.81
  • Wilbur Cross CT sr Cas Loxsom rips a US#2 1:50.45 800 then returns in the last event to lead Wilbur Cross to SMR win with a 1:53 anchor
  • Springer completes his triple with a US#1 9:09.14 2M win
  • Mark Harrison (Bunnel, CT) clears 6' 8" to take the high jump and then takes good attempts at a new meet record.
  • Commack (NY) Mike Levine wins the discus the day after taking the Loucks Games title
  • Hamden (CT) opens the day with a swift 7:52.19 4 x 800 win.
  • Darryl Bradshaw (Sheepshead bay, NY) takes the 110 HH then leads off the winning 4 x 200 team - 1:28.17
  • Joe Mullen (Portland, CT) and Luke Hadden (U-32, VT) each throw 181' 11" in the javelin, but Mullen gets the win based on his 181' 5" next best throw
  • Shenendehowa's Michelle Quimby starts her day with a win in the high jump then sets a new meet record in taking the pole vault with a jump fo 12' 1"
  • Bishop Loughlin freshman Adrienne Alexander has the best throw in the shot put winning with a 44' 7.5" toss
  • The final event of the day did not disappoint in a big performance as 2 boys threw over 200' in the hammer.  Winner Joshua Faboyede (Classical, RI) was able to reach 214' 2" and Robert Guider (Danbury, CT) took down the CT state record with a 204' 8" toss
  • Tori Pisco (Naugatuck, CT) takes the 800 from the unseeded section
       US leaders over 2 miles for Andrew Springer and Lizzie Predmore (photos by John Nepolitan)

Preview: Fast times, possible records and great match-ups on tap this weekend at Hartford Public HS Invitational
by John Nepolitan

One sign that the outdoor track season is about to enter the championship portion is the Hartford Public Schools Invitational.  Once again the HPSI will bring together many of the Connecticut’s best to show off their stuff against some of the top athletes from across New England and New York.

A fast look at the entry list and there are a number of names and match ups that jump off the page at you.

One of the marquee athletes will be the NSIC 400 meter champion Duandre Barnaby(Weaver, CT).  The winner of the Connecticut indoor 300 and 600 titles this past indoor season is scheduled to run the 400 and will look to improve on his Metro #1 time of 47.30.  Barnaby is sure to be pushed by John Thomas (Sheepshead Bay, NY) who at one point in the past indoor season led the nation over 300 meters.  Thomas is also entered in the 200 where he is top seed.

Rachael Aliotta (Cheshire) dominated the shot put this past indoor season in Connecticut and will surely be in the hunt for the win this weekend.  On the pole vault runway Connecticut indoor state record holder  Emily Ando (Weston) will face the #3 jumper in the Metro region Michelle Quimby (Shenendehowa, NY) who has already cleared 11’ 9.75 this outdoor season.  Two others who could contend for the vault title will be Jenna Poggi (Moses Brown) and Kim Johnson (Norwich Free).  Quimby is also the top seed in the high jump while Poggi is the #2 seed in the hurdles.

Two athletes will be chasing Connecticut state records.  Cas Loxsom (Wilbur Cross) was the national  leader after his win in California at the Arcadia Invitational.  Loxsom’s 1:51.05 now sits as #3 in the USA, but with a few more weeks under his belt the Penn State bound runner will be looking to take back the US #1 and maybe threaten the 1:49.95 state record.  The state hammer record may also be under threat as Robert Guider (Danbury) and AJ Guerra (Woodstock Academy) have both already thrown over 190’.  They may need to throw a best and come close to the state record of 203’ 8” to beat Joshua Faboyede(Classical, RI ) who has thrown 194’ 2” this spring.

Saturday’s action will not only be provided by Connecticut, athletes from New England and New York are sure to be in the winner’s circle.  Among the headliners are Emily Jones (Bromfield, MA) a Footlocker Finalist and recent 2nd place finisher in the Penn Relays 3000 meters.  At Hartford, Jones is scheduled to run the mile and could threaten the 4:51.81 meet record where she will face a challenge from Samantha Chase (Toll Gate) and Grace Rodriquez(Havover).  Listed in the girls 2 mile is Lizzie Predmore (Shenendehowa, NY) who finished 6th at the 2008 Nike Cross Nationals.. 

Coming up from the New York  will be the strong distance team from Chaminade and the sprint power Sheepshead Bay.  Sheepshead Bay is led by Darryl Bradshaw in the 110 HH and will be part of the Sheepshead Bay 4 x 200 that is set to face off against Weaver.  The always powerful Saratoga girls team will be led by state champion hurdler Madalayne Smith who is also the top long jumper in the field.  Over in the men’s long jump, Bloomfields’ Denzel Jones has a seed 18” longer than the next best jumper and could threaten the meet record of 24’ 3”.

One of the best fields, at least by the pre-meet entries, could be the boys mile.  Heading the field will be Andrew Springer (Westerly, RI) who won the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals in 4:08.47.  Also in the field will be the East Greenwich, RI pair of Mark Feigen and Nick Ross both who qualified for the Millrose High School Mile this past indoor season, Michael Kiley(Chaminade, NY) who last week ran the US #1 time in the 3000 steeplechase (since passed but still stands as #2), Omar Abdi (Charlestown, Ma), always dangerous Kameron George (Transit Tech, NY) and John Gregorek(Seekonk, Ma)

The day could end with a bang when Wilbur Cross faces Charlestown in the sprint medley relay.  Almost sure that Cas Loxsom will anchor for Wilbur Cross and Omar Abdi will carry the stick on the last leg for defending champions Charlestown.

There are sure to be others who will rise up and make their name known, it is inevitable when you bring quality athletes together at a fine facility with top notch meet management.