Natasha Hastings, winning at the NB Games, 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Andy Baddelley winning 2010 NB Games Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net
RBR was hoping to be in the Big Apple, however we had to cancel due to a family emergency. RBR will provide coverage of the meet with a meet wrap-up and photo gallery!
by Ian Brooks
debut on January 22nd at the New Balance Games at the Armory Track and
Field Center in NYC. Last year on signing a contract with New Balance,
Jen expressed a desire to race on the Armory track… and that time is
here on Saturday. It will not be “easy” for the illustrious Colorado
graduate with 2008 USA olympic credentials in the steeplechase who can
go the distance with anyone at a mile, 3000, 5000m as well as the
steeplechase! Determined to upset the proverbial applecart amongst a
deep field of 14 will be 2005 champion Carmen Douma-Hussar (Canada),
fellow Villanova graduate Frances Koons(USA),
now training in New Jersey with legendary coach Frank “Gags” Gagliano,
and making her debut in New York the 19 year old sensation from Ireland,
Ciara Mageean. Ciara surprised the world at last year’s World Junior
Championships with a silver medal in the 1500m. This young woman is
going to be on everyone’s radar for sure as we edge ever closer to the
2012 Olympic Games in London.
defending champion Andy Baddeley (Great Britain) had hopted to return, seeking a third
win in the big apple having also won the race in 2008. However, Andy has unfortunately withdrawn with a hamstring injury.
Moving up in the mile food chain is likely to be Stanford graduate Garrett Heath,
certainly one to watch in the very near future. Keep an eye out also for
Lee Emanuel from Great Britain who had a sterling collegiate career
with NCAA titles whilst attending the University of New Mexico. The
battle to go sub four minutes will be intense and the meet record of
3:54.98 set by Mark Carroll (Ireland) in 2008 could well be in jeopardy.
women’s 800m featuring the mercurial Maggie Vessey (USA). Talented but
inconsistent, Maggie will need all her resolve to beat LSU graduate
Latavia Thomas who is very familiar with winning at the Armory, and
Phoebe Wright, NCAA 800m Champion, a
1:58 performer setting out on her professional career having had a
terrific collegiate career at the University of Tennessee. And again
there is an outstanding young talent who just might suprise them all.
Claudia Francis, a senior at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens is
in terrific shape. Claudia, a two time National HS Champion outdoors at
800m, recently ran a 400m relay leg in 55.1 at the Armory… and she
will not be lacking for support in the pulsating arena. Claudia competed for the USA at 1,000 in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
back to defend her 400m title. Natasha, beloved in the Armory since her
days at A.P. Randolph High School, knows every inch of the track which
is arguably the fastest indoor track in the world. Last weekend, Natasha set an indoor PR of 23.22 at the Nittany Lions Challenge. Natasha
will be facing 4×4 Olympic Gold Medalist teammate, Mary Wineburg. Mary
took off 2009 on maternity leave and quite the indoor speedster.
with the proffesional athlete events sandwiched between an all day high
school meet attracting some 5000 student athletes… the Armory is just
one block from Broadway… expect drama and excitement as only New York
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