With a lot of schools competing at other venues (Penn State, the Armory in NYC and Lawrenceville Academy) we had the opportunity to score high and get some MOC marks. Our ‘Go-For-It’ event this week was to be the 4×400, but by race time we were down two legs due to highjinks……AGAIN!
Meanwhile, jumps ace Ahmir Johnson made his debut in the hurdles. As he achieved his qualifying jump marks early on, it gave us the flexibility to go after the hurdles here. After a sluggish first round, he looked much sharper in the final dropping a full .5 off his heat time. First place gets him the MOC auto-qualifier as does his 8.24.
Both of Coach Garis’ charges had nice days. Following the hurdles race, shot putter Justin Cooper popped a 46-2.75 PR (MOC) adding over a foot and a half to his previous best of 44-8 set at Burdette.
Cam Christopher was part of our 4×4 plans but since we couldn’t go strong, we gave him a shot at the 400. After leading at the break, he was never headed. 52.81 although not a great time (he’s split sub-50 outdoors), it’s an MOC mark.
Matt Maiale posted a PR at 3000 placing 4th with 9:41.85
Other goals included seeing if Max Davies’ 53 split from last week was a fluke and getting Shamere Dunswell some 400 experience, so we left them in the 4×4. Max’s 53.3 lead-off proved he’s ready to go faster and Shamere followed that with a smooth 53.8 carry. Sam Kane (55.5) filled in at third leg and distance guy Trey Hippensteal stepped in to handle anchor duties at the last minute, as our ‘substitute’ anchor man missed the bus.
60MH 1st place – Johnson 8.70/8.24 MOC
400M 1st place – Christopher 52.81 MOC
800M 18th place – Gaboury 2:21.99
Mile 5th place Hoyer 4:46.51
3000 4th place Maiale 9:41.85
4×200 6th place 1:43.81 (Coffey, Papazian, L. Davies, Jackson)
4×400 3rd place 3:42.81 (M. Davies 53.3, Dunswell 53.8, Kane 55.5, Hippensteal 59.2)
4×800 4th place 9:13.78
DMR 5th place 11:41.95 (Ryan, Cantos, __________, Shamsi)
Shot Put 2nd place Cooper 46-2.75 PR, MOC