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2014 Glenn D. Loucks  Highlights

2014 Glenn D. Loucks Highlights

 

 

Thursday May 8th .

 

There were several good races on what has become known as “DMR Day at Loucks”. The year’s first race produced one of the closest finishes, as Danbury (11:04.05) defeated Mamaroneck (11:04.78) in the Men’s Frosh/Soph DMR. Moments later, in the women’s race, Monroe Woodbury (12:40.19) defeated a hard-charging Bay Shore team (12:41.22).

 

The East Coast Challenge races were won by Arlington’s men’s squad (10:11.12) and by the ladies from Staples (CT), the latter defeating the defending champion Mamaroneck Tigers (11:54.15 to 12:05.98).

 

Ridgefield (CT) won the Open DMR by seven seconds (12:23.43), while Pearl River boys won their race by close to three seconds (10:31.59).

 

In the evening’s last high school event, New Rochelle set a meet record in the Frosh/Soph 4x400 with a blistering 3:59.74 just after Danbury went two-for-two in the Frosh/Soph races by winning the 4x400 in an excellent 3:29.29.

 

Friday May 9th

 

Easily the biggest story of the evening – and of the entire meet – was the record-breaking performances in the 3200 Meter Run. Northport was attempting to have an unprecedented three runners break the 9:00 mark in a single race, and they got close. Tim McGowan ran 8:53.36 and teammate Mike Brannigan ran 8:54.67; while the third runner from the Long Island powerhouse, Jack McGowan, was very close (9:01.98). However, these excellent times were only good enough for third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Dan Curts of Ellsworth, Maine and Alex Ostberg (Darien, CT) went through the mile in about 4:18, making the crowd take notice that this was going to be a special race, one that had Curts setting a new meet record (and Maine state record) 8:51.24, defeating Ostberg’s fine effort of 8:52.64. In fact, Curts, Ostberg, McGowan and Brannigan were all under the meet record time of 8:56.02 set in 2011 by Chad Noelle (Greene, NY).

 

The women’s 3200 Meter Run produced the third fastest time in meet history and the second fastest performer (Aisling Cuffe has the meet’s two fastest times). West Springfield’s Caroline Alcorta traveled north from Virginia for a victory in an excellent time of 10:12.57.

 

Perhaps the most-anticipated race of the day – and perhaps the meet - was the women’s 800 Meters, with legendary performers from the Northeast converging to slug it out over two laps of White Plains’ Mondo track. In a slowly-developing tactical race, Olivia Baker (Columbia – New Jersey) won (2:08.42), defeating in order, Corinne Myers’s 2:09.09 (Westwood-New Jersey), Kennedy Weisner’s 2:09.23 (Elk County Catholic – Pennsylvania), Maddy Berkson’s 2:10.04 (Classical – Rhode Island) and Hannah Parker’s 2:10.65 (Coe-Brown – New Hampshire). Other big names in the race were Aleta Looker (Ellsworth – Maine), Emma Gallagher (Garden City), Sage Hurta (Hamilton) and Erin Jaskot (Tappan Zee), making this year’s 880 meters one of the most star-studded races in Loucks history. 

 

In other Friday events, Carmel’s Benito Muniz put forth a fierce kick to win the 800 in a fine time of 1:53.67. The 100 Meters were run into a wind, with the girls facing (-0.3) conditions and the boys running into gustier conditions (-0.6). At the end, Trenten Beram of Arlington (tying the seventh fastest time in meet history – 10.74) was the winner for the men, while Brenessa Thompson’s time was 11.97, making the Medgar Evers’ sprinter the seventh fastest in meet history.

 

Brewster’s Kevin Hazelwood set a meet record in the Section 1 Mile (4:26.60), while Helen Clapp of Scarsdale’s winning time of 5:18.82 was the third best effort that the event has produced.

 

Outstanding Female Athlete Kaylyn Gordon of Ramapo leaped 19’ 3.5” to win the Long Jump with the event’s eighth longest distance, the first of her two 2014 victories. Another double winner, Smithtown West’s Benjamin Bonhurst won the Shot Put with the fifth best throw in meet history (63’ 2.5”).

 

 

Saturday Morning, May 10th

 

Sophomore Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross (New Haven, CT) used a fast finish to defeat Pennsylvania’s Kennedy Weisner in the Loucks Mile (4:49.62 to 4:51.14), in a race in which eight girls broke the 5:00 barrier. Danae’s time was the third fastest pure mile in meet history and the sixth fastest time for the combination of combined mile/converted 1600 meters (Kennedy ranks are 4th /10th, respectively). Another Connecticut athlete, Christian Alvarado of Fairfield Prep won the Loucks Mile with an excellent 4:12.82.

 

Connecticut continued its fine showing at Loucks as yet another athlete from the Constitution State, Maddie Schneider (Darien), with a height of 12 feet, won the Pole Vault, tying several athletes for the second highest in meet history.

 

Jack O’Brien of Hendrick Hudson defended his championship with the second longest throw in meet history (196’ 7”- topped only by his meet record performance of 2013 197’1”). His teammate Mike Gabrielson’s 184’ 8” was good for second place and was the seventh best throw in the history of Loucks.

 

 

Saturday Afternoon, May 10th

 

In keeping with meet tradition, at the opening ceremonies, the anniversaries of many of our previous outstanding athletes were acknowledged. The tenth anniversary of the 2004 Bay Shore DMR (Mary Liz McCurdy, Precious Moore, Sarah McCurdy, Laura Cummings and Coach Steve Borbet) was honored. Their still-standing meet record time of 11:42.49, which won the inaugural Thursday DMR, is still the time for which teams aim.

            Twenty years ago, one of meet management’s all-time favorite athletes, Zakiah Modeste of Mt. Vernon, had double victories in the Long Jump (17’ 2.25”) and the Triple Jump (37’ 10.75”). It was great to see her, and her warm smile, return to Loucks.

  At the 1984 Games, Monsignor McClancy’s Tom Nohilly defeated a fine field in the 1600 Meters with a fat 4:12.2. Tom went onto become one the nation’s leading steeplechasers and is a fine cross country coach at nearby John Jay Cross River High School.  

 

Prior to the arrival of a torrential rain storm, which delayed the meet more than an hour, there were many excellent performances.

 

            On the track, Male Outstanding Athlete Richard Rose (Boys and Girls) set a meet record (46.38) in the 400 Meters, eclipsing a record – 47.12 – which had stood since 2000. In the same race, Mt. Vernon’s Rai Benjamin finished second, his 47.17 becoming the third fastest time in meet history. Later that afternoon Benjamin won the 400IH in a then-nation leading time of 52.42, the time being the third fastest time in meet history.

 

            Speaking of hurdles, in the 110 HH, Jay Herbert of Ticonderoga defended his 2013 title with a fine effort of 14.40, while in the girls’ 100 HH, Ashley Wiggins of New Rochelle became the first athlete to win the hurdles three years in a row (14.02 for a tie for the third fastest in meet history). In the 400 hurdles, Garden City’s Emma Gallagher, one of our area’s top athletes, won with an excellent time of 60.75, the meet’s fifth fastest time ever.

 

            In a close finish, Starlin Ortiz of Londonderry (NH) defeated Will Ackerman of Arlington in the Pentathlon 3235 to 3219. Their efforts were the fifth and seventh best performances in meet history, respectively. In the concurrently running women’s pent, junior Frances Lodge of the Spence School defeated Emily Hagarty of Mepham by forty points, 2998 to 2958. No athlete in meet history has successfully defended a pentathlon title and with both Ortiz and Lodge being juniors, meet management is eager to see them return for the 2015 meet to defend their hard-earned titles.

 

            In winning the 200 Meters (21.48 –sixth fastest Loucks All-Time), Arlington’s Trenten Beram won his third trophy of the meet (DMR and 100 Meters being the others). Also on Saturday, three athletes won their second trophy of the meet as Ben Bonhurst added the Discus (170’ 7”) to his Shot Put title and Kaylyn Gordon 40’ 5” Triple Jump was the second longest in meet history, a nice follow up to her Long Jump victory of Friday. On the track, Brenessa Thompson’s swift 200 Meters (24.31) edged New Rochelle’s Symone Darius by one one-hundredth of a second, making it the closest race of the meet. On Friday Thompson had won the 100 meters.

 

            Junior Zola Golden (Arlington) ran the third fastest 400M in meet history (52.82), a time which remained for the entire season as the third-fastest in the nation!

 

            Darrell Jones of Monroe-Woodbury leaped 49’ 4.75” (7th longest in meet history) to win the Triple Jump. In the Pole Vault, Ryan Herrera-Murphy lead a trio of Iona Prep vaulters to medals, as he won the event with an excellent effort of fifteen feet.

 

            The hour’s rain delay did not cool off the hot relay runners. The girls from La Salle Academy (RI) won the New England 4 X 400 in 4:09.96 while the quartet from Brien McMahon (CT) won the men’s event in 3:30.23.

 

            In the 4 x 800 the women’s team from West Springfield (VA) winning time of 9:08.85 was the third fastest effort in meet history, while Warwick Valley’s victorious effort of 7:49.36 was the tenth fastest time.

 

            The New Rochelle girls won the 4 X 100 in a blazing 46.85, the third fastest ever at Loucks, defeating Medgar Evers (47.06 – sixth fastest in meet history). The boys race came down to the wire as James Madison (42.47) edged Newburgh (42.57).

 

            In the last races of the day New Rochelle’s foursome of Ashley Wiggins, Alisia Donaldson, Symone Darius and Victoria Jones-Alleyne added the 4 X 400 to their aforementioned title by running 3:56.16, while the boys’ race was won by Windsor (CT) in 3:22.67.

 

            In team scores, for the second straight year, the girls’ teams from Medgar Evers and New Rochelle tied for the team title (58 points), while in the boy’s race, Arlington won by a large margin. The combined title, the overall champion of the meet, was won by Medgar Evers – 78 points – who edged Arlington and their 74 points. For a complete listing of meet results, please click on this link http://www.leonetiming.com/2014/Outdoor/Loucks/.

 

 

 

 

 

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