27th NEW JERSEY INTERNATIONAL MEET
IS MAJOR SUCCESS AT COLTS NECK;
AJEE WILSON'S 2:04.42 800-METER WIN IS
ONE OF 7 NATIONAL "A" STANDARD MARKS.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
JUNE 8, 2013
COLTS NECK - Just a year out of high school, Neptune's Ajee' Wilson already has a global vision of her track and field future - and knows the path to the world's biggest stages gets a lot tougher from here on out.
The USA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships - coming up June 20-23 in Des Moines, Iowa - will serve as the official USA team trials for the 14th edition of the IAAF World Championships - running Aug. 10 through 18 in Moscow. And Wilson, the USA indoor 800 champion, will be in Des Moines seeking one of the three places in the American team entry for the Moscow 800 meters.
"I know it won't be easy, but I will definitely give it my best shot," said Wilson after winning the feature Joetta Clark Diggs women's 800 in the 27th annual New Jersey International Track and Field Meet, staged by Shore Athletic Club Saturday at Colts Neck High School.
Wilson won it in 2:04.42, holding off ex-Penn star Jesse Carlin (2:05.11.) "I went out fast (first lap about 58 seconds), then she (Carlin) came back on me. It was my last race before Nationals and a good test for me."
The New Jersey International Meet again lived up to its name as athletes from at least a dozen nations turned in a series of top performances at Colts Neck.
Wilson's 2:04.42 was one of six that bested USA "A" national standards.
Winston George, the flag-bearer for Guyana at the 2012 London Olympic Games, sped to a meet-record 20.59-second clocking in the Andy Stanfield Memorial 200 meter dash; another Guyana star, Adam Harris, took the Frank Budd 100 in a quick 10.16. Nadine Palmer of Jamaica lowered the women's Wilma Rudolph Memorial 100-meter meet record to 11.32.
Monique Morgan, the former Villanova star now a member of Shore AC, won the women's Dawn Bowles Fitch 100-meter hurdles in a meet-record 12.93. And Dominic Berger, former University of Maryland star, won the men's Harrison Dillard 110 high hurdles in 13.44.
Top distance events saw Oregon grad Chris Kwiatkowski win the men's Eamonn Coghlan 1500 meters in 3:48.54, and Fordham alumna Kerri Gallagher take the women's Chrissy D'Alessandro Shaheen Memorial 1500 in 4:17.74.
Tyler Blatchley (60-2) outmuscled Monmouth University graduate Jon Kalnas (58-9 1/2) to win another feature, the men's Al Blozis Memorial Shot Put.
The men's Rich Kenah 800 west to Nick Guarino of the Syracuse Chargers in 1:49.67; Alie Beauvais claimed the men's Kevin Young 400-meter hurdles in 51.75. Winston George made it a double with a 46.13 400 win.
It was a big meet, too, for host Shore AC.
In addition to Monique Morgan, Shore AC had winners in Adam Bergo (men's Norman Tate triple jump, 46-6 3/4); George Abyad (Art Swarts discus, 160-6; Monique Riddick (women's Al Blozis Memorial shot put, 50-8 1/4); Sylvia Galarza (discus, 161-0); Maia Hauschild (triple jump, 31-6), and Kadeem Curtis (400 hurdles, 1:05.68.)
Four throwing events - staged Monday June 10 at Monmouth University.
Manhattan College grad Thomas (Jake) Freeman led the way with a National/A qualifying hammer throw of 228-10.
The men's Bob Roggy Memorial Javelin Throw produced a tight duel - Monmouth's own McLean Lipschutz (206-7) edging Big East champion Thomas Carr of Rutgers and Shore AC (206-5.) Women's winners were Manhattan hammer thrower Lydia Wehrli (184-3) and Monmouth javelin thrower Faith Blamon (139-11.) Princeton HS senior Timothy Brennan of Shore AC raised the 113-year-old Mercer County scholastic hammer record to 196-11.
Full results of the 27th NJ International Meet can be found at: www.directathletics.com.
SHORE AC EXTENDS ITS SINCERE THANKS TO ALL THOSE
WHO MADE THIS MEET THE SUCCESS IT WAS:
1. Colts Neck High School and Athletic Director Jeanette Bruno and the
Freehold Regional Board of Education for extending a warm welcome to us on
a very last-minute basis after a change in venue from Holmdel was needed.
2. Mr Nick McDonough, the head coach at New York University, for another great job as
meet director of the NJ International.
3. Dr Harold Nolan, the former Colts Neck Recreation Director and Shore AC Hall of Famer,
for stepping up in a big way to secure use of Colts Neck HS on very late notice.
4. Monmouth University, throws coach Abe Flores, and staff, for enabling us to host the hammer and javelin events on the Monday at top-quality facilities.
5. Our several sponsors who again joined us to provide the wherwithal and support that made the meet possible..We are most grateful to them all.
6. Our team of USATF-certified officials coordinated by Mr. Wayne Smith.
7. Our many Shore AC volunteers who "stepped up" to do all kinds of key things - from moving hurdles to distributing awards, and much more, throughout the meet.
8. And, of course, the athletes (and their coaches and their club teams) who came from near and far to record many outstanding performances on the track and in the field....Good luck to all in the big meets just ahead.
CHEERS AGAIN !!