Yale Interscholastic T&F Classic
Coxe Cage, Yale U., New Haven CT
Friday-Saturday, January 19-20, 2007
DyeStat on-site with John Nepolitan
Fast DMRs for Bay Shore NY Girls (US#1 11:57.02) and Shen NY Boys
Photos, stories, by John Nepolitan
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Day 1 Results
Day 1 Highlights -
- Bay Shore girls lead six teams under 12:10 with nation-leading DMR clocking
- With Steve Murdock starting things off with a 3:05.5, the Shen boys run a US#2 10:22.30 DMR to pace 4 at 10:30 or better
- More strong times from Weaver CT girls 4x4 3:55.53, Tyler O'Brien CT 34.91 300m, and Bronxville girls 4x8 9:33.69.
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| Leading their respective 1200 legs are Steve Murdock and Sarah McCurdy of eventual winners Shen and Bay Shore.|
New York DMR teams get tough battle for CT state record performers
With no field events being contested on the opening evening of the Yale Invitational, all attention was on the track, with the featured events being the Championship Distance Medley Relays. A national-leading performance of 11:57.02 by Bay Shore (NY) girls and a boys race not decided until the final lap would bring the crowd to its feet and once again make Friday evening in New Haven is the place to see great distance relay running.
Girls Championship DMRJumping right to the front, Sarah McCurdy put Bay Shore in the lead and pounded out the pace alone. A quick 3:35.9 split gave Bay Shore a lead and set the team up for a very fast final time. A 61.4 400 leg by Tenica Roberts still had Bay Shore out front, but Burnt Hills (NY) and Ramapo (NJ ) closed in as the race tightened up.
A fast opening 200 meters by Bay Shore’s Alexa Delyra took her clear of the two teams that were closing in, but meanwhile Glastonbury (Ct) was now moving through the field.
At the final hand off a 2:19.4 leg by Kristin Mitchell gave Glastonbury the lead as she made up 4 seconds on the 2:23.4 run of Delyra. But Callie Hogan (Bay Shore) would not waste anytime in getting herself up to the lead and a 4:56.1 final 1600 meters would bring the Long Island school home in a national leading 11:57.02 – good enough for the 18th fastest time in US history. Behind Bay Shore, five other teams broke the 12:10 barrier. Carmel (NY) ,on the strength of Kristin Reese’s 4:54.1 1600 meter split, finished 2nd in 12:01.30, just ahead of a new Connecticut state record of 12:06.08 by Glastonbury.
Girls Championship DMR
1. Bay Shore (NY) 11:57.02 - #18 all time USA
2. Carmel (NY) 12:01.30
3. Glastonbury, Ct 12:06.08(State Record)
4. Ramapo (NJ) 12:09.58
5. Burnt Hills (NY) 12:09.87
6. Holy Names (NY) 12:09.96
Boys Championship DMR
In what looked to be a replay of girls race, NTN individual champ and Footlocker Nationals 3rd placer Steve Murdock (Shenendehowa, NY) jumped right to the front with only Danbury (Ct) hanging close. A strong 3:05.4 1200 meter split by Murdock looked to end the race as Shen had a comfortable lead.
Little would change through the next two legs as Corey Clavet (52.4) and Zach Predmore (2:01.1) opened up more of a gap on the field.
Over the opening 600 meters of Zac Suriano’s 1600 meter anchor leg, Shenendehowa looked to be an easy winner, but all that changed at the 1200 meter point as Donn Cabral (Glastonbury, Ct) was flying. With 400 to go, he had worked his way up to Suriano’s shoulder. Suriano appeared to wake up; though Cabral would pull up on him with 300 meters to go, then Shen anchor then pulled away for a 10:22.30 – 10:23.48 win. The two anchor legs split 4:23.7 (Suriano) and 4:18.5 (Cabral).
Boys Championship DMR
Shenendehowa (NY) 10:22.30
Glastonbury (Ct) 10:23.48 **State Record
Brookline (MA) 10:30.25
Xavier (Ct) 10:30.81
Other outstanding performances in the class events:
Girls under 600 4 x 800 – Bronxville (NY), using its # 4-5-6-7 runners, ran a fast 9:33.69 to win the class event - #6 USA
Connecticut Girls 4 x 400 – Weaver 3:55.53 for the easy win - #7 USA
Connecticut Boys 300 meters – Tyler O’Brien (Rocky Hill, Ct) 34.91- #6 USA
Girls under 600 DMR - Scotia-Glenville (NY) jumped to the front and simply held on for a 12:11.73 – 12:14.42 win over Greenwich (NY). Jillian King had a straightaway lead on Caitlin Lane of Greenwich, who has been nursing a sore IT band for the last 3 weeks. Still, Lane started to close in. But King would hold on for the win. A strong last lap by the national leader at 3000 meters would almost get the full cushion back. Lane split a strong 4:53.8 for her 1600 meter leg to King’s 4:55.9.
Scotia – Glenville splits
Caroline King 3:35.5
Abby Olds 1:06.0
Joya Clark 2:33.9
Jillian King 4:55.9
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