GBTC Invitational Wrap-Up
January 18, 2004
I think it can safely be said that the GBTC meet this year was one of the best we’ve had in many years. I was busy clerking for most of the meet (before my cameo in the 4×800), but from what I saw it looked like everyone was having a great time. We were of course helped by the Patriots, who were dominating Indy at the same time so no one felt too compelled to rush home to watch the game.
Our meet had two WORLD leading performances, Anna Mahon in the weight throw and Jen Toomey in the 800. They were obviously also meet records, Mahon breaking her own record and Toomey breaking a time set by Olympian Hazel Clark. From my vantage point, Ms. Toomey’s performance in the 800 left everyone speechless. She would be named USATF Athlete of the Week the following Monday for this performance.
GBTC as well had a very good meet, perhaps the best in many years. We had one victory, in the pole vault, where Chris Westfield continued consistency over 15 feet. He also had some pretty decent attempts at 16 feet, which would make him the first 16 foot vaulter ever for our club. He was assisted by GBTC’s Eric Abel, an assistant coach at MIT who leaped 14-6 for second place. Taking 1st and 2nd at our own meet is pretty neat.
However, I think some of our second place performances garnered a little more notice. New high jumper Adrian Shears dueled Wheaton’s Dan Olson at very high heights (they are actually training partners); Adrian leaped 6-11.75 missing the club record by a quarter of an inch. Both of our 4×400’s also took second place, with Sekou Dilday and Joanie Bohlke running sterling anchor legs. Joanie herself was also second in the 800m, outkicking Yasheka of Reebok Boston to finish in 2:11, which is an excellent performance for January. Francis Shen was also 2nd in the hurdles, after winning the hurdles the day before at the Brandeis Invitational. There were a number of additional performances that were quite solid. Catherine Regan was 3rd overall in the 400, Dave Cahill won the unseeded 400 out of the 2nd heat, and Marguerite DoRosario and Ryan Kerrigan each won their division of the unseeded mile. James Lemieux threw very ably in the weight throw as well.
Lastly, thanks to USATF pres/club member Gary Snyder for his excellent announcing (much better than Carol Lewis), and to club pres Doug Burdi for feeding Gary the info during the races. Kudos to meet director Jim O’Brien and USATF director Steve Vaitones, as always.
There is just over a month to the New England Championships, and we will have our work cut out for us, especially in the women, if we intend to retain the championship. Even with the demise of the Athletics East club, other clubs are nipping at our heels and intend to make a good showing in February; let’s accept the challenge.
PS. On Saturday, Wayne Burwell won the 60 and the 200 at the Tufts Invitational, with a 23.0 on a flat track. Wayne is shaping up to be a critical cog in our men’s team, especially since Stan Egbor is fighting some injuries.