Women Defend Title; Men Second at USATF East Regional
GBTC women defend their USATF East Regional Championship title at Ichabod Crane High School in Valatie New York today July 5th. Men placed second in a tight battle.
Everad Samuels representing GBTC for the first time, scoring points, and best of all breaking the masters (50+) 200m WORLD record!
Dacia Taylor was a double winner in the 100 and 200, Stacey Connor and Deirdre Murphy raked in huge points in all three throws, while the men’s and women’s sprint and mid-distance group swarmed the track with their own doubles and triples. The women’s 400/200 double crew included Tiera Fletcher, Sara O’Brien, and Josette Pierre-Louis. Christine Kloiber joined them for the 400 and 4×4 relay with Tessa Clare, and back-to-back after the 200, Tiera and Sara completed their triple for the day, or in Sara’s case quadruple running the 4×1 with Tessa, Indu and Christine.
Richard Harrison had a season PR in the shot put at nearly 57.5 feet, determined to break 60 in Kansas. Matt Haringa won the 5000, Adam Greenspan supported for third. Masters athletes sprinter Indu Conley and Jim Watts (800) provided team points in their events, and ran legs on scoring relays. Tessa and Jen Hawkes went 1-2 in the high jump, recent H.S. grad Bryant Wang scooped up high hurdles points, same in the triple jump with a PR. His L-S teammate, Sean Kleeman helped complete our 4×4 team with the addition of Andrew Guida, who also ran the 400mIH for the first time this season. Off a great h.s. PG year, Newton native Cailean Robinson scored in the 100 and ran great relay legs in the 4×1 and SMR-200. He was joined by Helal Syed, Derek Rousseau and Kleeman in the 4×100.
Andie Colon probably had one of the hardest of days on the men’s side, with his scoring triple in the 1500, 800, and SMR-800 leg. But Allison McCabe and Jen Lee weren’t slacking with their 1500, 800 and DMR distance legs. Ronnesia Gaskins remained consistent and strong with her close 2nd in the 800. Joshua Seeherman ran even splits in the 800 for points, and returned later running the 1200 leg for a winning DMR, joined by Jim Watts, Jason Hewitt (after his 2nd in the steeple) and Coach Dave Callum. Dave Cahill ran triple 400s, with the open, hurdles and 4×4 relay. Also in the intermediate hurdles, Deanna Clark worked on form, while Jessica Klett dropped 2 seconds. And new guy Alex Engel scored crucial points in the 400, 200 and SMRelay!
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