ONE World A Standard, FOUR World B Standards as NJ-NY Athletes Roll Through OXY High Performance Meet
Thirteen New Jersey New York Track Club athletes headed out West for the Oxy High Performance meet in a trip that produced one IAAF World A and four IAAF World B Championship Games standards.
Ashley Higginson kicked off the meet with a win in the 3,000m steeplechase. Ashley was patient in the early stages of the race before unleashing her kick in the final 200m to take the win in 9:45.83 and earn a IAAF World Championship Games B Standard.
NJNY newcomer Travis Mahoney toed the line next in the 3,000m steeplechase against a loaded field. Travis held his own in the race, besting a 2012 Olympian and former IAAF World Championship qualifiers with his 4th place showing in 8:30.87. The time was good enough for a IAAF World Championships Games B Standard.
In the women’s 800m, Latavia Thomas had a great 3rd place showing in a star-studded field featuring IAAF World Champions and 2012 Olympians. Her time of 2:00.68 was well below the IAAF World Championships Games B Standard and also serves as a season best.
In the men’s 800m, Mike Rutt was 1 of 3 men in the entire meet to achieve the IAAF World Championship Games A standard. The 2013 Penn Relays mile winner, Mike was strong over the second lap to move into 3rd place running 1:45.08. Sadiki White and Jamaal James also competed, running 1:47.32 and 1:48.32.
In the women’s 1500m race, Renee Tomlin finished 9th overall in 4:08.09, a new personal record and IAAF World Championships Games B standard. Nicole Shappert ran a solid 4:11.80, a season best after having foot surgery in December. Heather Wilson ran a new personal record in 4:12.58. Danielle Tauro was running strong until the final meters of the race when she fell. She got up to finish in 4:19.07
In the highly anticipated 1500m run, Liam Boylan-Pett competed well in a race featuring two 2012 Olympic Games silver medalists and the 2011 IAAF World Championships bronze medalist as well as numerous other Olympians. The pacesetters went through 800m in 1:52, but the field was well back. The race instead turned into a kickers race, and Liam held on for a fantastic 8th place in his heat in 3:38.26, just 1.5 seconds off the winner. Christian Gonzalez ran a season best with his 3:40.30. The time also guarantees his spot in the USATF National Championships meet next month. Brian Gagnon was also in the race and ran 3:44.44.
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Next up, the New Jersey-New York Track Club will have a select group compete at the New York IAAF Diamond League Meet on May 25th at Ichan Stadium in New York City.
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