Jim Spier’s Week In Review - Feb. 4, 2013

by Jim Spier



Asonya Anderson (Heritage, Newport News, VA) dipped under 7.00 for the 55m at her district meet, running 6.97 for #3 US.   Mary Beth Sant (shown left) (Valor Christian, Highlands Ranch, CO) continued her 60m dominance in winning the USATF-Colorado meet in 7.35, the #2 performance of the year (she is the leader at 7.30).  She now owns the top 5 performances of the year in this event.


Tyra Lea (shown left) (Wakefield, Raleigh, NC) briefly held the US lead in winning the Virginia Tech Inv 300m, running 38.98.  A few hours later, Kadecia Baird (shown left) (Medgar Evers, Brooklyn, NY) led an onslaught on the yearly lists running #2 all-time 37.54.  Baird is our Athlete of the Week.  See related story... This was at the 13th Armory Collegiate Invitational (ACI), where all 12 of the high school events, coordinated by Dan Doherty, resulted in national leaders.  Second was Deajah Stevens (Cardozo, Queens, NY) in 37.90 (#7 all-time), followed by Precious Holmes (Hillhouse, New Haven, CT) in 38.22 (exactly the time she ran last year!) and Kim Bailey (Taft, Bronx, NY) in 39.50.  That’s the top 5 list for the year thus far.


Like the 300m list, the 500m list took “a beating” as well.   Felicia Majors, the US leader in the long jump at 19-11 (and also with a 12-7 pole vault PR), ran #7 all-time 500m in winning the Virginia Tech meet.  Her time was 1:12.57.  She was followed by Tiana Patillo of Wakefield (Raleigh, NC) in 1:13.87, Kendell Wiles (Blacksburg, VA), 1:14.20 and Sharon Dorsey (Western Tech, Catonsville, MD), 1:15.58.


Soph Emma Gallagher (Garden City, NY) improved her US leading time in winning the ACI, winning in 1:30.35.  Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Mercy, Gwynedd Valley, PA) was second in 1:31.46 (US #2), followed by Erin Jaskot (Tappan Zee, Orangeburg, NY in 1:31.85 (US #3)and Sydnee Over (Windsor, CT), 1:33.95 (US #5).



Carmen Carlos (shown left) (Mc Gill-Toolen, Mobile, AL), the defending New Balance Nationals Indoor 2 mile champ, won three events at the Alabama 6A state meet.  Her 800m win in 2:11.28 is US #3.  Her 1600m win of 4:49.07 is also US #3.  She was also the 3200m champion, running just under 11 minutes.



Sabrina Southerland (shown left) Cardozo, Queens, NY) to the AIC 1000m in 2:47.44, a US leader and =#7 all-time.  She edged Carolyn Bethel (Hidden Valley, Roanoke, VA) who clocked 2:47.70 (#10 all-time).  Leah Triller (Holy Names, Albany, NY) was third in 2:53.42 (US #3) and soph Emily O’Neill (Garden City, NY) was fourth in 2:53.63 (US #4).





Duke-bound Wesley Frazer (shown left) (Ravenscroft, Raleigh, NC) won the New Balance Boston Indoor Games mile in 4:48.94, just off her US #2 4:48.33 from December. See Related Story...  Hannah Meier (South, Grosse Pointe, MI) led her teammates to an impressive sweep at one of Michigan’s MITS meets.  Defending New Balance Indoor Mile champion Hannah Meier won in 4:49.30, followed by twin Haley in 4:50.22 and Ersula Farrow in 5:03.08.




Of course Mary Cain (Bronxville, NY) was the real news of the week, demolishing the two mile (and 3000m) record at the NB Boston Indoor Games.  This just after one week in which she did the same to the mile (and 1500m).  She was third in the elite 2 Mile in 9:38.68, with 9:04.51 for 3000m run en route.  She took down Melody Fairchild’s 2 mile record of 9:55.92 set in 1991 at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in Syracuse, NY.  Fairchild had clocked 9:17.4 en route in that race and that went down as well.  See Related Story...



Leah Lott(Landstown, Virginia Beach, VA) won the Atlantic Coast Inv 55m hurdles in 8.05, US #3.


The relays were hot at the ACI.  Medgar Evers improved their US lead to 1:38.59 in the 4x200m with their win, with New Rochelle, NY second in 1:41.48, US #5..  Wakefield (Raleigh, NC) won big at the Virginia Tech Inv with a US #2 1:39.44.

Columbia (Maplewood, NJ) anchored by Olivia Baker, won the ACI in 3:47.51, another US lead.  Medgar Evers (Brooklyn, NY) with a 52.9 anchor by Kadecia Baird, ran 3:52.02 for second and US #4.  Swenson (Philadelpha, PA) was third in 3:52.29, US #5.  At Virginia Tech, Wakefield (shown left) ran 3:50.62, US #2.


Lenape took the US lead in the 4x800 at the ACI, running 9:09.03.  It was a close race, as they just edged Warwick Valley, NY who ran 9:09.52, US #2 , with Holy Names (Albany, NY) at 9:09.87 US #3, and Freehold Township, NJ in 9:11.69, US #5.



Simone Charley (shown left) (Spain Park, Hoover, AL) leaped to a US #3 performance at the Alabama 6A state meet, triple jumping 40-4.25.  Anna Williams (Edison, Alexandria, VA) won the Virginia Tech meet at 40-3, US #4.

Shelley Spires (St. Paul’s Episcopal, Mobile, AL) improved her US #2 in the high jump to 5-8.5 in winning the Alabama 5A state meet.  Crystal Jones (Colonial Forge, Stafford, VA) joined 8 other 5-8 high jumpers in winning the Atlantic Coast Inv at that height.





Riak Reese (Lincoln, Gahanna, OH) had a fast 200m victory at the Ohio State U qualifier, clocking 21.78, US #5.



Marlon Humprey, (shown left) with three wins and a 47.02 anchor in the 4x400, let Hoover, AL to victory in the Alabama 6A state meet.  His 48.11 400m victory is US #3.  He also won the 60 meters, and improved his US lead in the 60m hurdles to 7.80. Humphrey is our Athlete of the Week.  See related story...


Nathan Kiley (Westfield, Chantilly, VA) ran 1:05.36 at Virginia’s Concorde district meet, US #5.


Richard Rose (Boys and Girls, Brooklyn, NY) added the soph class record to his freshman record set in 2012, running 1:19.41 in finishing second to a Canadian at the ACI.  That’s also the US leader and =#13 all-time.  Behind him was Jonathan Greenwood (Freeport, NY) in 1:20.17, US #2, Justin Alleyne (New Rochelle, NY) in 1:20.77, US #3, and junior Matt Murray (Norwich, NY) in 1:20.86, US #4.



Ben Malone (shown left) (Pascack Valley, Hillsdale, NY) got another ACI US lead, this in the 1000m with his 2:25.82 win.  Chris Hatler (Pope John XXIII, Sparta, NJ) was second in 2:28.47, US #4, and Brad Rivera (Bensalem, PA) was fifth in 2:29.38, US #5.





U. of Virginia-bound Henry Wynne (shown left) (Staples, Westport, CT) won the NB Boston Indoor Game mile in 4:11.73, US #2.  James Randon (Middlesex, Concord, MA) was second in 4:12.89, US #4.  See related story here...  At the Concorde District meet, Sean Mc Gorty (Chantilly, VA) won the 1600m in 4:11.52, US #3. 


Ben Saarel (Park City, UT) ran an impressive 9:10.85 3200m at altitude and an oversized track at the UHSTCA meet.


Freshman Grant Holloway (Grassfield, Chesapeake, VA) improved his freshman national class record (and US lead) to 7.35 in winning the Atlantic Coast Inv. Soph Charles Graham (Phoebus, Hampton, VA) was second in 7.43, =US #5.  Charlie Forbes (Moutain Brook, AL) ran 7.95 in the trial of the 60m hurdles at the Alabama 6A meet, US #4.



Auburn, AL (shown left) won the Alabama 6A meet in a US leading 1:28.71, but the lead did not last long.  Prior leader Forest Park (Woodbridge, VA) won the ACI in 1:28.25 to retake the lead.  Union Catholic (Scotch Plains, NJ) was second in 1:29.44, US #3, Mt. St. Michael (Bronx, NY) was third in 1:29.83, US #4, and Knightdale, NC was fourth in 1:30.06, US #5.


The ACI 4x400m was won by Union Catholic in a US-leading 3:18.88.  Elmont, NY, the prior leader, was second in 3:19.47, US #2.  Knightdale, NC was third in 3:20.58, US #4.


It was La Salle (Philadelphia, PA) winning the ACI 4x800 in 7:48.36, another US leader.  West Windsor-Plainsboro South, NJ was second in 7:49.70, US #2.  St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, NY) won the NB Boston Indoor Games 4x800 in 7:51.98, US #4.



Rudy Winkler (Averill Park, NY) took the lead in the weight throw, taking the ACI event in 79-6.75.  His best, 80-11.75 thrown in 2012, is #8 all-time.  This throw would have been #10 all-time if he didn’t already have a mark.




Photos courtesy of PhotoRun.com


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