The New Balance Games 2008

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TRACKside: Vaulting to the top in PA | Jumping smart | Fast Frosh May 13, 2008

Welcome to TRACKside – Stories and notes on athletes, teams, coaches and races to be published mid-week during the 2008 indoor and outdoor seasons.   Vaulting to the top of PA | Angling for the Perfect Jump | One Fast Frosh D.J. Horton - Travis Hammaker: There are a few events where the athletes share a bond that is the event itself. No bond is stronger than that which is created by the shared danger and thrill of the pole vault. Kristin Brandt has it all figured out. All she has to do now is get the right day, good competition, great speed, a steady but evenly building run, and just the right amount of height. Then, and only then, will it be the perfect jump. She can see it clearly. In fact, she's done it, only they've all been fouls. State College freshman Chloe Schmidt probably would not think of telling people she is the top freshman runner in the state. But there she is in the rankings. #1 in the mile at 5:00.79 (4:59.05c 1600); #1 in the 800 at 2:16.41, and probably most surprisingly, #2 in the 400 at 57.34. No, the deceptively diminutive and slightly shy 9th grader at State College High School doesn't look at the world that way. You see... comparisons to fellow freshmen just don't seem to be in her nature.  

Hilary Stellingwerff Blog 1/29/08 Jan 29, 2008

And so the season begins! It was great to be back in New York City last weekend for the New Balance Games. It’s always a fun place to start off the season for various reasons. First, it’s NYC and NB takes good care of us for the weekend! FULL BLOG HERE More Armory Blogs Coming Soon....

Chanelle Price named USATF Athlete of the Week Jan 22, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - Chanelle Price of Easton Area High School in Easton, Pa., has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting a new women's high school indoor 500m record Saturday at the 2008 New Balance Games held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in New York City. Click Here for the full news release on, along with US leaders in each event.

FSU/FPC Alum Alicia Williams Runs Fast Indoor 400 Jan 21, 2008

Florida State/Flagler Palm Coast grad is on her way to USATF Champs in February. There are many athletes who graduate from college and are left with the feeling that they didn't accomplish everything they wanted to during their collegiate careers. Most move on with their lives, content to hold on to those memories and to make their mark in their chosen profession. But a few just can't shake the feeling that they could have accomplished more – that if given the time and circumstances – they can do some great things. Flagler Palm Coast and Florida State University alum Alycia Williams is one such athlete. Photo by Vic Sailer,

Weekend Highlights: Price (PA) sets national record at 500m, Kynard (OH) leaps 7-03.75 in HJ Jan 20, 2008

 **Chanelle Price (PA) (above) set the national record in the 500m dash Saturday, beating a strong field in the process to running 1:10.30!!! Post race Interview**Wayne Davis (NC) ran 7.16 in the 55m hurdles Saturday at the Asics Invitational at Liberty University.  His time ranks him top ten all-time!!!**Erik Kynard (OH) leaps 7-03.75 in the high jump Saturday at the University of Findlay.  Kynard's already lept 7-01.5 this year and is now only 1.5 inches off the national record!!!A big weekend (1/18 - 1/19) of action certainly did not disappoint track and field fans across the nation.  Chanelle Price (PA) broke the U.S. record in the girls' 500m dash, while numerous U.S. #1 marks were established across the board.  Check inside to see what took place this weekend.Top Boys' Performances- Erik Kynard (OH): Leaps 7-03.75 in the high jump in OH for U.S.#1 - Robby Andrews (NJ): Runs 4:12.48 for U.S.#1 mile at NB Games - Michael Barbas (TX): Earns U.S.#1 with SP throw of 62-04.25 at Carl L.- Marquise Goodwin (TX): Jumps U.S.#1 mark in LJ with 24-07 in TX - Wayne Davis (NC): Earns top ten all-time mark in 55m hurdles in 7.16- Mason Finley (CO): Continues to improve with 62-01.5 SP in CO - William Wynne (GA): Hurdles 7.86 in 60m hurdles at KTC Inv.Top Girls' Performances- Breanna Hubbard (GA): Runs a 7.49 in 60m dash, new U.S.#1 @ KTC- Kristin Reese (NY): Runs 4:52.48 for U.S.#1 mile at NB Games - Conestoga (PA): Win New Balance 4x800m relay in U.S.#1 9:11.48 - Meaghan Gregory (NY): Runs U.S.#1 at 3k in 9:52.27 at Yale - Saratoga Springs (NY): Runs U.S.#1 in DMR with an 11:48.88 time - Audrey West (WY): Leaps 18' 10.5" at BYU in the triple jump- Chalonda Goodman (GA): Sprints U.S.#2 200m time of 24.56 @ KTC- Karen Shump (PA): PRs in shot put with U.S. #1 mark of 50-03.25

Reese and Andrews drop US #1\'s Jan 19, 2008

By Christopher Hunt    There hasn’t been a race at the Armory hyped like this one. Not a high school race.     But in this building, their names are as familiar as any runner signed to Nike or Adidas or New Balance. So the thousands of people could shout for Easton (Pa.) senior Chanelle Price or Dalilah Muhammad of Cardozo, and they could shout on a first name basis. And they didn’t make it hard. FULL STORY HERE

New Balance Games Flash Results Jan 19, 2008

 CHANELLE PRICE1:10.30 500MNATIONAL RECORDSHATTERS RECORD BY 1.14 SECONDSRACE VIDEO  HS Boys Mile - Robby Andrews - 4:12.48 - US#1 - VIDEOMen's Mile - Andy Baddeley - 3:58.10 - VIDEOWomens 400m - Alicia, Williams - 53.33 - VIDEOMen's 400m - Dwayne Barrett - 47.12 - VIDEOHS BOYS 4X200m -St. Benedict's, NJ - 1:29.50 - VIDEOHS Girls Mile - Kristin Reese - 4:52.48 - US#1 - VIDEOWomen's Mile - Lillya, Shobukhova - 4:31.90HS Girls 4x200 - Boys & Girls - 1:40.68 - VIDEOStory by Christopher Hunt MEET HOMEPAGE WITH RESULTS 

Sprint & Distance Showdowns Lead the Way this Weekend Jan 17, 2008

 Dylan Ferris (NC) stars at the KTC Track Classic (TN) this weekend(Photo by John Herzog)Elite level sprint, hurdle and distance races highlight this weekend's calendar of events.  A handful of meets bring together some of the top competition nationally to square off head-to-head.  See which meets will rule the weekend in our weekend preview.Highlight Meets of the WeekendKTC Indoor Classic (TN) - Stacked with talent, the KTC Classic will showcase such athletes as Dylan Ferris (NC), Jacquelyn Coward (TN), William Wynne (GA) and Chalonde Goodman (GA) to name a few.  The sprints are the highlight of the event.New Balance Games (NY) - Two elite high school mile races and the main match-up of Dalilah Muhammed (NY) v. Chanelle Price (PA) make the New Balance Games a meet to keep an eye on once again.  The Muhammed v. Price match-up could yield a national record in the 500m.Yale Track Classic (CT) - While many of the top distance stars will be in New York for the weekend, many top distance runners travel to Yale to show their stuff.  The boys and girls DMR and 3k races are the featured events of the weekend.Asics Invitational (VA) - Wayne Davis (NC), the powerhouse team of New Bern (NC) & Peter Dorrell (VA) lead the way at Liberty University.  While much of the attention nationally may draw towards the New Balance Games or KTC Indoor Classic, this meet may very well produce the same amount of elite marks.Carl Lewis Indoor Invitational (TX) - While only a handful of Texas stars will compete at this event, athletes like shot putter Alex Adams (TX) and LaRoya Johnson (TX) show that Texas has star athletes and a lot of depth.

New Balance Games Fields are Set Jan 16, 2008

Chanelle Price and Dalilah Muhammad match up at 500m with the National Record at stake.  The High School mile fields will once again be deep as a ticket to The 101st Millrose Games on the line.  Throw in Elite men's and women's mile and over 200 high schools and you have the making of a yet another great Armory meet. HS GIRLS 500M FIELD HS GIRLS MILE FIELD HS BOYS MILE FIELD ELITE WOMEN'S 400M FIELD ELITE MEN'S 400M FIELD ELITE WOMEN'S MILE FIELD ELITE MENS MILE FIELD

1/15-20: CHANELLE PRICE USR 1:10.30 #3 JR All-time|SHUMP 50-03.25|CRITS 4:17.07|STOGA US#1 9:11.48 Jan 15, 2008

CHANELLE PRICE USR 1:10.30 500m #3 Junior All-time PHOTOS: Photo Gallery by Carl Strub from the 1/18 TSTCA Indoor Meet #3   PHOTOS: Photo Gallery by Don Rich from the 1/19 New Balance Games   VIDEOS: Races + the Chanelle Price interview from the 1/19 New Balance Games   Saturday at the New Balance Games in NY, Chanelle Price ran a US record time for 500 meters of 1:10.30. According to Mike Kennedy, T&F News Women's HS editor, this time is #3 on the all-time Juniors list. #1 on the list is Kseniya Zadorina, Russia, 1:08.94, and #2 on the list is Francena McCrory, U.S., 1:09.16. Conestoga won the 3200 meter relay in a US #1 time of 9:11.48. The Paul Robeson girls ran a PA#1 3:58.25 in the 4x400, for 4th place. Father Judge won the boys 1600 meter relay in a time of 3:25.99. Chester was 2nd in the Sprint Medley in 4:09.14. Swenson took 3rd in the 800 meter relay with a fast 1:43.54. Nick Crits, Wissahickon, finished 4th in the HS Boys Invitational mile in 4:17.07 after leading the race by 10 meters early. Council Rock South's Ijeoma Iheoma finished 3rd in the 500 meter run in 1:14.05. Tony Shirk, Phoenixville, was the top boys vaulter with a PR height of 15-06.00. Girls' High of Philadelphia won the triple jump relay, with Joelle Neilson jumping 37-1, and Jasmine Wanamaker in at 35-4. Jason Johnson, Cardinal O'Hara, moved into PA#3 in the triple jump with a 46-00.00 effort. Friday night at the DVGTCA Indoor Meet #7 @ Lehigh, Penncrest senior Karen Shump cracked the big 5-0 in the shot put - bettering that magic distance by 3.25". Council Rock North ran alone to a 9:33.6 4x800. And Meghan Lutz, Nazareth Academy, was solo as well in a 10:22.1 3K. At the TFCAGP D2 meet Engineering and Science put up a meet record and PA #1 DMR of 10:27.6. At the F&M HS Invite Conestoga Valley senior Vince McNally won the 3000 by 38 seconds in 8:53.20.   A trio of 6.4's L to R: 2. DaJoun Heidelberg (Cathedral Prep) - 1. Matt Belay (Montour) - 3. Bisi Ezekoye (Central Catholic) (Photo by Carl Strub)      

Degfae twins & Karabinus to run in New Balance Games HS mile Jan 14, 2008

Photo by Ted Plunkett Thomas Edison junior twin brothers Leoule and Tihut Degfae as well as Osbourn Park sophomore Ariel Karabinus will be competing in the elite high school mile races this weekend at the New Balance Games held at the Armory in New York City. All three recently competed in the Montgomery Invite mile, where Karabinus was the top Virginian finisher with a third place run of 5:11 and the Degfae's ran personal best times of 4:22 in the mile with Tihut in sixth and Leoule in seventh. They will be facing some stiff competition at the Armory with several sub 5 milers in the girls' race and a handful of sub 4:20 milers in the boys' field.

Bill Miller Day at The Armory Jan 11, 2008

New York, Jan. 14 – William J. (Bill) Miller, who started as a freelance sports reporter for The New York Times in 1947 and has been associated with the newspaper ever since, has been named the recipient of the second Stan Saplin Sports Media Award. The award, named for the late sportswriter, track and field historian, and publicist who died in 2002, will be presented Saturday (Jan. 19) during the New Balance Games at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, where the Media Center is named for Saplin. The ceremony is set for 1:30 p.m.FULL STORY HERE

New Balance Games Coverage on Dec 31, 1969

Liliya Shobukhova wins women's mile in 4:31.90. GALLERY - VIDEO coming soon. Adrian Blincoe finsihed 2nd to Andy Baddely in the men's mile. GALLERY - VIDEO Dwayne Barrett won the men's 400m in 47.12. GALLERY - VIDEO Kristin Reese took the girls mile in 4:52.65, a US#1 performance. GALLERY - VIDEO St. Bendedict's Prep, NJ won the 4x200m relay in 1:29.50. VIDEO Chanelle Price set a new National Record in the HS Girls 500m in 1:10.30 GALLERY 1 - GALLERY 2 - VIDEO All New Balance Games Videos Here Gallery with over 500 Photos Don Rich's Photo Gallery Here with 280 Photos Christopher Hunt's Article