By Jack Pfeifer
Freeman, who won the NCAA championship for
He finished 3rd at last year’s Olympic Trials, also at Hayward Field in Eugene, but failed to make the trip to Beijing because he had not met the minimum Olympic standard.
The hammer will be contested Saturday afternoon. The Juniors and Seniors nationals run Thursday through Sunday. The first three finishers in most of the Seniors events will qualify for the
In the Juniors meet, for athletes under age 20, New Yorker Dalilah Muhammad is the favorite in the women’s 400 hurdles. Muhammad, who graduated from Cardozo H.S. in Queens last year, finished 3rd at the NCAA Championships 2 weeks ago for USC. She has a best of 56.49.
In the hammer, one of Freeman’s challengers will be Walter Henning, the
Freeman, 28, competes for the New York A.C. and lives on
Also in the hammer are Kevin Becker, of the Shore A.C. (223-5); Alex Pessala, a recent graduate of Princeton (226-7), and Jake’s younger brother, John Freeman, a student at the
A number of New York-area runners are in contention in the men’s middle distances. Sean Tully, who just finished his college days at Villanova and who ran 1:46 at the NCAA meet, is in the 800 along with
Jesse Carlin, a graduate of Penn as well as St. Joseph-by-the-Sea on
In the women’s 400, two New Yorkers, Natasha Hastings and Shana Cox, have a chance to make the U.S. 4x400 team, just as they did a year ago in the Olympics.
In the Juniors meet, Clayton Parros of Seton Hall Prep will take on
Other NYC-area entries:
James Blocker (CPTC/hj), Rory Quiller (Asics/pv), Michael McCadney and Nasim Siddeeq (Albany/tj),
Roland Graves (Iona/10k), Michael Kiley (NYHS/steeple), David Slovenski (Princeton/pv), Albert Johnson (Manhattan/lj-tj), Charlene Lipsey (NYHS/800), Joan Kanarkiewicz (NYU/3k), Aisling Cuffe (NYHS/5k), Charrise Bryant (Seton Hall/100H), Katie Sullivan (NYHS/steeple)