Following the 4th of July holiday, 19 GBTC athletes along with Coach Dave Callum will make their way to Omaha, Nebraska for the 12th USATF Club National Championships. Greater Boston Track Club has been among the top four combined teams in 11 out of the 12 years with the only exception being 2011 in NY where GBTC finished a combined 6th. In 2012, GBTC plans a return to the top four status.
Our team of women include Olympic Trials provisional qualifier Devotia Moore who is the top-ranked seed in the 800m accompanied by club 400mIH record holder Jessica Klett who is having a fantastic first year in the two-lapper with a 4th seed. Club treasurer Sara O’Brien will stretch herself in several sprint events, even rolling the dice in the high jump, before joining the ladies for relay action. Allison McCabe rounds out the running squad hot off an 800m PR and finds herself returning to mid-distance form, after a couple years of unfortunate stress fractures, to contest the 1500 and 5000 before relay action Saturday evening.
All-American thrower and Westfield State University record holder Amanda Gricus will spin her way to points in the hammer in her first post-collegiate summer. Amanda will team up with Lisa Wilson who holds 5 school throwing records of her own from UMass Amherst. Lisa will contest in shot, disc and hammer this week, but her focus this year led to a near Olympic Trials qualifier in the hammer with her club record 61.88m throw. Joining them, GBTC veteran Stacey Connor will battle it out for every inch in the discus and shot put.
GBTC men will be comprised of 12 individuals, led by Olympic-bound Ruben Sanca who may attempt a very difficult distance triple: 1500, 10k, and 5k. A strong sprint squad will be made up of indoor 400m club record holder David Kennedy and outdoor record holder Hafiz Greigre with mates Alex Engel, Christian Tirella, and Warren Lane. Intermediate hurdle club record holder Brian Freitas faces a fast field in the IMs, while also considering the open 400m and 800m events. Chris Chandler leads the GBTC entries in the 100m, while Ben Wheatley and David Cahill will help field relay teams Saturday evening. Daniel Colina leads the javelin entry field, while also dabbling in the shot put and the discus, and Bryan Kolacz rounds out the team in the hammer after just missing the Olympic Trials standard.
GBTC’s Devotia Moore races her third 800m in seven days at the IUPUI track in Indiana, this time taking down a field of Olympic hopefuls for the win in 2:05.16. Currently ranked 20th with her B-standard provisional mark of 2:03.45, the field size is set to cap at 32 athletes, so we watch the numbers with bated breath.
GBTC’s Bryan Kolacz is just under 2 meters from the B-standard Trials qualifier with his 62.15m, but now has his eyes fixed on Club Nationals where GBTC will compete in Omaha, Nebraska July 6-7th against the best USATF clubs in the country.
This past Sunday, June 10th, at the USATF East Region Championships held at Icahn Stadium, Samyr Laine hop, skipped and jumped to a 2012 Olympic B-standard of 16.88m to win the triple jump competition. Officially Samyr punched his ticket to London July 2011 at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico where he jumped out to 17.09m. Samyr currently holds the Haitian national record at 17.39m.
On Sunday, Ayanna Alexander made her mark in the sand with a victory in 14.12m, her second time this year over the Olympic B-standard. She broke her own Trinidad & Tobago national record in May at the Virginia Challenge in 14.14m.
Devotia Moore has continued her bid for Olympic glory, racing in Indiana this week. Devotia earned the US Olympic Trials B-standard in the 800m with her 2:03.97 also at the Virginia Challenge. While Daniel Hutcherson’s triple jump mark of 15.84m eclipsed the trials B-standard during the indoor season at the BU Terrier and qualifies him for the big show at Hayward Field. GBTC Shot Putter Nate Hunter has also eclipsed the USA OT B-standard with his recent throw of 18.82m, but must better that to make the top 24 athlete field.
Several other GBTC athletes are striving for a trip to the big dance including hammer throwers Lisa Wilson (61.88m) and Crystal Bourque (61.61m) each just over a meter off the mark, as well Bryan Kolacz is just under 2 meters from the hammer mark (62.15m). Sean Duncan’s 8:46.97 is just a hair off the standard in the 3k Steeplechase, while Ruben Sanca is likely to be selected to the Cape Verde national olympic team, and Tim Bayley currently running 1:48.51 in the 800 is hopeful to make the Great Britain national team.