Gordon Indoor Track Facility
Sunday, January 24, 1999
The Invitational Miles were the featured events of the meet.
Kathy Fleming of New Balance set a new meet record in the mile of 4:35.25, breaking the previous record of 4:36.25 set by three-time Olympian Lynn Jennings in 1990. Kathy had earlier placed third in the women’s elite mile at the New Balance Games in January with 4:41.05. Kathy was paced by a teammate for the first four laps of the race, and soon after her rabbit dropped off the track, Kathy pulled away from the crowd to win by over nine seconds. Kathy ran with healthy competition, including Maribel Sanchez (4:48.20, Central Mass Striders, Dartmouth graduate, a multi-all-American in track and cross-country, seventh in the recent USATF Club Cross-Country National Championships) and Jennifer Toomey (4:50.79, Central Mass Striders, ran 2.04 for 800 meters in the USATF New England Championships this past last spring).
Darin Shearer of Central Mass Striders won the men’s mile in 3:59.94. The crowd was absolutely screaming as Darin rounded the last turn, digging deep for a blazing and perhaps agonizing push to the finish, and the crowd shook the arena when the scorers announced an unofficial time of 3:57. In the final results, however, Darin had to give up those two precious seconds, still a brilliant finish to what was one of the most exciting races of the day. In a terrific Boston Globe article by Shira Springer, Darin said, “I’ve broken four minutes twice outdoors, but this was the first time indoors and the first time at Harvard, which was very exciting for me because I ran here in college. My parents saw me break four minutes today for the first time. My mother was in tears.” A Runner’s World Online article the next week referred to Darin’s mile as “the fastest indoor track mile in the world last weekend” (but pointed out the next day that Mark Carroll had run a 3:57.52 mile, the fastest indoor time of the year to date, on the Friday before the weekend). Darin ran with a talented field, including Dereck Treadwell (4:04.30, New Balance, 3:42 in the 1500 meter Olympic trials, the equivalent of a 4:00 minute mile) and Neville Davey (4:06.17, Boston Athletic Association, 1998 Brown University graduate from Ireland, with a 4:01 mile).
(Photos by Frank Monkiewicz.)
Alda Cossi of the Liberty Athletic Club won the women’s master mile in 5:31.77 by a lead of almost ten seconds. For the first time in a long time, there was a complete field for the women’s master mile. Part of the draw might have been a $250 prize from New England Runner for the first woman to break the mark of 5:12.4 set by Liberty’s own Barbara Pike back on March 14, 1982 (and $100 and $50 to the next two women to break 5:12.4). Cossi ran 5:14 a few years back, and the race was a dual between Liberty Athletic Club and Westchester Puma Track Club from New York. The other finishers were Sharon Vos (5:41.61, Westchester Puma), Eileen Troy (5:41.66, Westchester Puma, third in her age division at this year’s Fifth Avenue Mile), Tina Marie Varzeas (6:01.27, unattached), Susan O’Connor (6:17.41, Boston Athletic Association), and Karen Lein (6:18.07, Liberty Athletic Club). (Photo by Frank Monkiewicz.)
This year’s meet was filled with breath-taking sprints to the finish, but perhaps the defining moment of the meet was James Njorge of New Balance setting a new meet record of 1:47.86 in the men’s 800 Meter Invitational, beating the time of 1:48.08 set by Jack Armour of Westchester Puma in 1990, and setting the best time in the nation this season, a time that should top the national lists for weeks. Njorge was followed by Ned Brooks (1:49.13, Seton Hall, wearing 312) and Erik Nedeau (1:49.64, New Balance, wearing 223). Brooks lead the race from beginning, but Njorge and Nedeau kicked off the final turn with Njorge surging to the finish, while Brooks held off Nedeau to hang on to second place. (Photo by Frank Monkiewicz.)
Two other meet records were set today, in addition to the pictures above of Kathy Fleming’s record in the mile and James Njorge’s record in the 800 meters: Fila’s Jonathan Carter ran 6.22 in the 55-meter dash, beating New York Pioneers’ Neville Hodge’s time of 6.24 in 1993; and BAA’s Anna Nogren threw the 20-pound weight 65’00.00″, beating Alex Given’s throw of 59’11.50″ in 1993.
In the women’s 800 Meter Invitational, Amory Rowe (569) and June Snow wore the yellow of the Central Mass Striders to first and second place with times of 2:11.18 and 2:12.23, respectively. (Photo by Frank Monkiewicz.)
The 55 meter dash and high hurdles provided high-speed thrills. (Photo by Frank Monkiewicz.)
Club president Gary Snyder ran 7.95 in the 55 meter dash, a time that was fast enough for him to win his heat in the masters 55 meter race up at the Dartmouth Relays in January. (Photo by Frank Monkiewicz.)
The last heat of the men’s mile was almost the Greater Boston heat. Look at all those red shirts go! Going from front to back (right to left) the red shirts are Ben Nephew, Nasser Sharara, Cam Dauler, Mike Wyatt, Kevin Lohner (with a few red shirts hidden behind him), and Mark Hickman. (Photo by Frank Monkiewicz.)
Coach Tom Derderian ran in the master’s mile and the 3,000 meter race. (Photo by Frank Monkiewicz.)
We may think we bend over backwards to please our coaches at practice, but few of us can match this performance. Boston University actually sent two jumpers to the meet: Christine Geilfus jumped 1.58m (5’02.25) and Alison Wainer jumped 1.43m (4’08.25). (Photo by Frank Monkiewicz.)
We also have pictures from other club events.