NEW YORK, January 26, 2019 – Both a world indoor men’s and national high school indoor girls’ record were broken during the 2nd annual Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge Saturday at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center.
Seattle-based Brooks Beasts 4x1mile men’s relay team blazed the “Fastest Track in the World” with a time of 16:03.68, taking down HOKA NJ-NY Track Club’s previous mark of 16:12.81 that also was set at The Armory in 2017.
North Rockland High School (NY) 16-year-old junior running sensation Katelyn Tuohy set the national high school mark in the women’s 3,000m with a time of 9:01.81. She bested the previous mark of 9:04.51 by Mary Cain (Bronxville High School, NY) in 2013 in Boston. It was the first opportunity for Tuohy, the 2018 national high school cross country champion, to compete against professionals.
“I was having a great time out there,” said Tuohy who finished third behind winner Amanda Eccleston’s 8:56.68. “I was so close to breaking 9 minutes, but that will give me motivation for the future.
“My goal was to see what it was like to race against professionals, but I had a time goal for a sub-9. It was a little intimidating, but I had a lot of fun. It was so much easier racing with girls who are better than me and I just worked off them.”
Next up for Tuohy is a return to The Armory to compete in the girls’ high school mile in the 112th NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday February 9th.
The Brooks Beasts Team of David Ribich, Henry Wynne, Brannon Kidder and anchor Izaic York ran much of the race toe-to-toe with HOKA NJ-NY Track Club until York took control midway through his mile anchor leg. HOKA NJ-NY finished at 16:16.05.
“I love to have a stick in my hand because that stick represents all four of us,” an emotional York said afterward. “It fires me up. These guys are my best friends, they are like family.”
Brooks Beasts coach Danny Mackey told the four runners in October they would break the 4x1mile record.
York’s three teammates were on the track cheering him on as he headed for the finish line. The team was convinced before they stepped on The Armory track that the record was theirs.
“We had a confidence going into this,” said Kidder, who ran the third leg. “Our whole team is healthy right now. There were three other guys who could have been on this relay (team) right now. We knew we had great milers.
“We were so confident coming into this race. When you visualize a race like this over and over you replay that moment when you break away.”
U.S. Olympic silver medalist Joe Kovacs performed for the first time at The Armory and didn’t disappoint The Armory crowd as he won the shot put event with a 68 feet, 1.7 inches throw. He’ll return to The Armory for the NYRR Millrose Games where he’ll throw in the center of the 200-meter track against a strong field including 2016 USA Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser.
“Being able to be right in the center of the field you can’t beat that,” Kovacs said looking ahead to the shot put setting for the NYRR Millrose Games. “You can’t beat that – all the energy and all the spectators. I was a little bit quiet today, but two weeks from today I promise you I’ll turn the volume up.”
Outstanding USA miler Craig Engels also will return to The Armory in two weeks following an impressive victory. Engels won the men’s 1,000m with a 2:18.98, the fastest time in the world this season, a good tune-up for his NYRR Wanamaker Mile appearance.
“I felt really, really good,” Engels said. “That was a good race and it’s a cool distance and we don’t get to run it often. This track is awesome, and the crowd was awesome – this is one of the best in the world. (The NYRR Wanamaker Mile) will be a good level field with Yomif (Kejelcha) and (Edward) Cheserek and all the U.S. guys in there.”
Jamaica middle-distance star Natoya Goule, owner of the third fastest 800m in the world for 2018, turned in an outstanding performance with a 2:37.55 to win the women’s 1,000m.
Ajeé Wilson won the women’s 600m with a 1:25.91 time and will be back in two weeks to defend her women’s 800m American record. Interestingly, Wilson’s 600m was the fastest in the world this season, which is previously held by Goule. Wilson and Goule will be competing head to head in the Jack and Lewis Rudin Women’s 800m at the NYRR Millrose Games.
Saturday’s meet included 14 professional events mixed in with The Armory’s signature college event. The former Armory Track Invitational was renamed last year in honor of longtime Armory president and founder Dr. Norbert Sander, who passed away in 2017.
For more meet results from the 2nd annual Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge please click HERE and go to www.ArmoryTrack.com.
ASBURY PARK - Shore Athletic Club members, located far and wide, over the nation and beyond, mourn the sudden passing of teammate Thomas "Tom" Bazley.
Along with younger brother Bob, Tom was a charter member of the "new" Shore Athletic Club, and one of the first to sign up for the club, when it was reborn in the name of the "old" Shore AC that had been one of the nation's most prominent clubs, at the historic, founding meeting of the club at the Asbury Park YMCA IN 1964.
Tom, just as brother Bob, was a brilliant distance runner in track and cross country at Long Branch High School. He went on to an outstanding career at Rutgers University and went on to serve two years on the Rutgers coaching staff under Coach Les Wallack. He went on to earn Masters and Doctorate degrees and served our nation so well in the field of postal security.
Tom....you were the best and did so much...you lived life to the fullest and saw the world...You ran with the best and your memory will be with us forever...We fondly remember all those wonderful Long Branch beachfront 4-mile runs "for the whales" in the event created by the Bazley family. We saluted your memory at the start of the Asbury Park Polar Bear 5k on the boardwalk....You were truly with us in soul and spirit...
A moment of silence was observed before the start of the Polar Bear 5K. Wonderful memories flooded many of our hearts.
At this time, we also remembered many of our other dear friends, teammates and colleagues from our favorite sport. A short roll call of names was read. They'd all shared starting lines with us in past years. Or made the sport what it is today.
Stafford Thompson. Coach Kevin Attridge. Coach John Ward. Ralph Aquino. Larry Friedman. Bob Mimm, Don Johnson. Harry Drazin. Art Glass. John Leonard. Dr. George Sheehan. Dr. Prescott "Pete" Evarts. Dr. Daniel Marzano, Bernard Laufgas. Sanford "Sandy" Kalb. Alan Wood. Bob Falciola. Jeff Davis. James "Jim" Robbins, Jack Lucey, Tom Baum, Coach Mike Brady, Coach Les Wallack, Dr. Norb Sander. Frank Budd. Mike Peniston. Ken Feacher. Rodney Craig. Bergen King. Coach Hank Nonnenberg. Matthew Stuper. Coach Nick Merli. John Morton. Joe and Mary Goodspeed. Coach Jack Rafter. Coach Bud Siegmund, Larry James. Andy Stanfield. Mal Whitfield. Horace Ashenfelter. Coach Bill Bruno. Frank Litsky.
"And from distant lands, Dr. Roger Bannister, Bill Baillie, Dick Quax, Grete Waitz."
And many, many more,
"Au revoir, dear souls."
--- ELLIOTT DENMAN.