GBTC Celebrates TWO Olympic Qualifiers and THREE Trials Qualifiers

GBTC's TJ Record Holder Samyr Laine Extends in the Pit

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.

GBTC's TJ Record Holder Ayanna Alexander in Phase

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.

Willard to the Olympics

To those who attended the 2006 Club Nationals in California, Anna Willard captured a spot on the Olympic Team by virtue of winning the steeplechase at the Olympic Trials. Her time (9:27.59) was also an American record.

Of course, a far more important record is the GBTC women’s 4×800 which Ms. Willard is a member of. From left to right, Willard (2:06.6), Kelly Powell (2:17.6), Jen Lee (2:17.5), and Caroline Occean (2:10.1) for a lovely 8:51.80.

Super Sherita

Sherita Williams advanced one place on Sunday afternoon in the Triple Jump finals at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Finishing in 9th place with a mark of 13.29m (43-07.25), Sherita was only marginally off of her newly minted personal best of 13.52m. We’re very proud of how she’s proven that club athletes can indeed mix it up with the pros. Congratulations, Sherita!
Meanwhile, Track & Field broadcasting pioneer Toni Reavis writes on Monday in Runnerville about an old boys of GBTC family reunion out in Track Town USA. The boundaries of Greater Bostonia keep expanding!

Williams at 2008 US Olympic Team Trials

GBTC’s own Sherita Williams survived the qualifying rounds of the Triple Jump tonight, with a new personal best of 44 feet 4.25 inches (13.52m) at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field in Eugene, Oregon. Sherita’s outstanding performance, good for 10th place and advancing her to the finals held on Sunday, June 29th at 2:25 PM, also breaks her own club record. This is a BIG BIG deal; anything less than a new personal best could have kept her out of the finals. Results from Track Town U.S.A. will be updated continuously here, so stay tuned.