Boston Nike Indoor Natl’s Boys Distance Preview & Event List


Mike Byrnes

THE MIDDLE DISTANCES: (800-Mile) (Ed. Note: We run a full mile, NOT the 1600)
TOM MALLON is the USL, 1:51.79; he‰Ûªs backed up by ALEX WEINHEIMER, 1:53.11;  TERRANCE LIVINGSTON, 1:53.30, MICHAEL PALMISANO, 1:53.66 and CAS LOXSOM of CT, 1:53.80* (600m) merely the TOP FIVE in the country! 

All have won at least one major title this past season and all could win at NIKE.  Loxsom took the NE 600m in 1:18.72b so you know he‰Ûªs ready.  According to Michigan guru David Mitchell, TOMMY BRINN, 1:54.65f, the USL on such a facility, is the real thing.  Surprising CHRIS STOGSDILL could sneak in with no trouble.  All the marks listed above, with the exception of Brinn, were made on banked tracks. 

My choice as the ‰ÛÏMB Sleeper‰Û ‰ÛÒ Terrance Livingston.  This just in from the New York State meet, while running the 600m, Livingston suffered an injury and dropped out at the 300m mark.  Will he be ready for NIKE?  Let‰Ûªs hope so.  Even without this great talent, the field is loaded.  Who can blame an athlete for ducking this field?

In the Mile we have the USL on a flat surface, BOBBY PEAVEY, 4:10.51+ but there‰Ûªs a problem, he intends running only the two mile in Boston.  The NIKE also has the USL over 3000m, ANDREW SPRINGER of Westerly, RI, 8:27.21.  He‰Ûªs also recorded a 4:09.16b in finishing second at the great Reebok mile run on the Reggie Lewis track a few weeks ago. 

Springer‰Ûªs entered in both the mile and two mile but it‰Ûªs doubtful if he‰Ûªll attempt a double.  The young Rhode Islander may be the nation‰Ûªs best distance runner and this is his chance to prove it.  Another of the US‰Ûª best, Alabama‰Ûªs PATRICK McGREGOR, 4:09.41b, a mere .25 back of Springer in Boston.

Watch out for TYLER STUTZMAN, 4:14.91f.  He‰Ûªs a lot better than that and will definitely be a factor.  As might BRETT JOHNSON and NATHAN MATHABANE.  This latter could be the surprise of the meet.  One doesn‰Ûªt fly in from Oregon just for the exercise AND HE‰ÛªS GOT 1:51.88 credentials.  Johnson?  Merely the #1 returnee from 2008 with a 4:07.07+ to his credit.  Then there‰Ûªs OMAR ABDI, another local from Charlestown, MA, who hasn‰Ûªt surfaced in the mile this year but posted a 4:12.36+ last.  He‰Ûªs headed for the University of Arkansas.  This field may turn in the best performance in the meet.  A major surprise could be in the offing.

Wd don‰Ûªt usually mention the Frosh mile but it should be noted, the top seed, JON CONLIN, hales from New Hampshire adding another top quality local athlete to the meet.  New England has always produced far more than its share of top notch distance kids and Conlin is poised to assume his place at the table.

THE DISTANCES: Two Mile and 5000m show fields that forecast fast times. 
Most of the athletes entered ran their seed times with little or no competition.  Thus, when they get into a race where the competition is as good as they, the big time running comes out.  Here‰Ûªs the list, ANDREW SPRINGER, USL over 3000m, 8:27.21f and the NE champ, 9:02.58, eased up!; amazing frosh LUKAS VERZBICAS, USL at the same distance, 8:29.16b; BOBBY PEAVEY, 9:12.48b; two sub-9:10 Coloradoans, KEVIN JOHNSON and WES RICKMAN who will challenge along with BOBBY NICOLLS, #2 returnee and only one with a sub-9:00 to his credit, 8:59.89 from a year ago, and BILL MATTHEWS. 

Add to that mix, USL on a flat surface, SEAN POHORENCE, 9:12.55f and you have a field containing four USL‰Ûªs!  It CAN‰ÛªT get much better than that.  All of the above have run under 9:10 for two miles.  While a Ritzenhein, Webb, Centrowitz is not anticipated, we should get a top quality performance out of this field.  And there are six more kids 9:15 or better!  The 5000m is a tough call.  It‰Ûªs rarely run in regular high school meets so the entrants are generally two milers that are OK.  But, some are better at longer distances and fairly good performances are the rule rather than the exception.  NICK ROSS, REECE AYERS, MAX STRANEVA, ERIK TRUEDSON and MICHAEL HICKEY head the entrants.  Who‰Ûªs the favorite?  I have no idea.

60m  Top Entrant  –  DEVON SMITH  –  Westlake, Waldorf, MD  –  6.21  USL
Chris McConnell, Andover, MA  –  6.34  –  top ten US
Anthony Saint Jean, Nashua, NH  –  6.49
200m  Top Entrant  –  FUQUAWN GREENE, New Bern, NC  –  21.39  USL
Kamal Riley, North Andover, Charlestown  –  22.10
Domingo Cruz, Manchester  –  22.59
400m Top Entrant  –  TAVARIS TATE, Starkville, MS  –  47.06  USL
Ben Sinclair, Brewer, ME  –  49.59
Paul O’Conner, Weymouth, MA  –  49.64
800m Top Entrant  –  TOM MALLON, Chalfont, PA  –  1:51.79  USL
Cas Loxsom, Wilbur Cross, New Haven, CT  –  1:53.80
Joe Doyle, Nashoba, Lancaster, ME  –  1:54.90
Frosh Mile Top Entrant  –  JON CONLIN, Merrimack, NH  –  4:33.10
Drew Beck, South Easton, MA  –  4:38.92
Conner Rog, Fairfield, CT  –  4:39.00
Mile Top Entrant  –  MAC FLEET, San Diego, CA  –  4:09.06  USL
Andrew Springer, Westerly, RI  –  4:09.30  #2-US
Omar Abdi, Charleston, North Andover  –  4:14.14
Two Mile Top Entrant  –  ANDREW SPRINGER–  9:00.24  USL
Chris Bendtsen, Wolcott, CT  –  9:21.82
Conner Mercurio, LaSalle Acad, Providence, RI  –  9:22.26
60mH Top Entrant  –  WAYNE DAVIS, Raleigh, NC  –  7.05  USL
Corey Thomas, Boston Coll, Brookline, MA  –  7.42  Top Ten
Hyun-Yong Cho, Newton Ctr  –  7.71
4x200mR Top Entrant  –  TRACK EASTERN CAROLINA  –  1:27.02  USL
4X400mR Top Entrant  –  TRACK EASTERN CAROLINA  –  3:13.06  USL  National record set this year
Sprint Medley Relay    –  TRACK EASTERN CAROLINA  –  3:26.28  USL
    I grouped these for you to see.  The best allaround team since MUIR HS, LA with Obea Moore anchoring.
    The Muir team set the indoor record in this event, 3:24.69, in the Reggie Lewis Ctr in 1997.  The primary
    goal for TEC is to break that record.
The other relays have too many teams just made up and with estimated times.  Also, many do not mhave their school names but rather the Track Club they represent and I don’t know who they are.  For example, the Knights TD – ?
High Jump Top Entrant –  ERIK KYNARD, Holland, OH  –  7-02.5  (tulip capitol of the US)  USL
Corey Thomas  –  7-00.5   #3-US
Trent Baltzell, Sutton, MA  –  6-08.5
Pole Vault Top Entrant  –  CHASE COOPER, Smoky Hill, Aurora, CO  –  16-07.25  #2-US
Corey Calamari, Groton, CT  –  15’00
Mark Vetere, Andover, MA  –  14-06
Long Jump Top Entrant  –   DAMAR FORBES, Atlantas, GA  –  #3-US
Daryl Baptiste, Danbury, CT  –  23-09  Top Ten
(only NE entrant)
Triple Jump Top Entrant  –  OMAR CRADDOCK, Killeen, TX  –  50-11.5  spring 2008 mark
                                       DAVID WILSON, Danville, VA  –  50-01  USL
Craig Amado, Providence Central, RI  –  45-02
(only NE entrant)
Shot Put Top Entrant  –  HAYDEN BAILLIO, Whitesboro, TX  –  66-01.75
Dan Glavin, Mansfield  –  60-10
Dominic Filiano, Lebanon, NH  –  59-04.25
Sam Bombaugh, Flamouth, MA  –  59-03
Weight Throw Top Entrant  –  CONOR McCULLOUGH, Chaminade HS, Canoga, CA  –  87-0  2008 spring
    McCullough is the national record holder in both the Weight and the Hammer Throws
                                           ALEC FALDERMEYER, Minisink HS, Slate Hill, NY
Dominic Filiano  –  69-11
Joshua Faboyede, Classical, Providence, RI  –  69-11
Pentathlon Top Entrants  –  All performances are estimated thus no USL.
Jacob DeValve, Manchester HS, Hebron, CT
Garrett Finn, Lebanon, NH
Race Walk Top Entrants  –  TYLER SORENSEN, Pleasanton HS, Lafayette, ??  –  6:33.00
Matthew Forgues, Boothbay, ME  –  6:55.00
Tyler Campbell, Lisbon, ME
5000m Top Entrant  –  NICK ROSS, East Greenwich, CT  –  9:20.00
Jeff Bush, Westborough, MA  –  9:39.00
(Ed Note: These are two mile times.  The 5000m is rarely run as a high school event indoors.)

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