Not all the big, multi-state meets are held in NYC. Out in Ohio, the SPIRE Institute pulls in many teams from WNY for loaded competition, and this weekend was no different. One of the schools with the most impact was Rush-Henrietta, who left with quite a few medals. See how their trip went below.
While the girls contingent of the trip only contained five athletes, there was no lacking in the results. Lanae-Tava Thomas took to the track twice, both with podium results. In the 200m final (watch), Thomas took second in 23.66 for a new NY #1 in the event, as well as US #4. In the 60m Final (watch), however, is where she would shine brightest. She ran a new personal best of 6.39 to win the meet, moving herself up tie the NY #3 All-Time mark set by Whitney Fountain (Christopher Columbus) in 2010.
Of course, Thomas also took to the Long Jump pit (watch), taking a win at 19-6.75 after a very busy day. Thomas' four teammates, meanwhile, were busy in the 4x800m, running 9:49.30 for fifth, a new Season's Best.
The Royal Comet boys were no less busy at SPIRE. Teammates Myles Calhoun and Anthony Brinson went 2-3 in the 60m Final respectively (watch). Calhoun's 6.85 puts him tied NY #7 All-Time, while Brinson's 6.88 is now tied at NY #9 All-Time. The marks came just short of the Section 5 Record, held by Jarmiene Holloway (Marshall) at 6.82.
The boys came back in the relays, both the 4x200m and 4x400m. In the 4x200m, they ran 1:32.38 for 11th, in one of the fastest meets in the country so far (watch). However, coming back for the 4x400m, the boys utilized an entirely new quartet, who went 3:22.98 for a new seasons' best, winning the meet overall. Not a bad trip out West for the Rochestarians.