Classical High junior Maddy Berkson is unlike most high school girls. In fact, she is among a select few that each time she steps on the track oval there’s always the opportunity for something special.
Tucker Field was a busy place on Saturday afternoon for the 16th annual Cumberland Invitational. The all-girl state qualifier had several outstanding performances.
Several stellar performances at Rick Schomp Invitational
PHILADELPHIA – Perfect sunny skies graced the final day of competition at the Penn Relays Carnival. It was also a pleasant day for Pleasantville. (Photo by Kyle Brazeil)
PHILADELPHIA – Officials of the Penn Relays Carnival couldn’t have asked for a better closing to its high school Distance Night. (Photo by Don Rich)
PHILADELPHIA – Back in 1983, Lisa Morgan and her Columbia (NJ) High teammates came painful close to a memory-keeper at the Penn Relays Carnival, placing a heartbreaking second to fellow New Jersey squad Bernard’s in the 4x800-meter relay. (Photo by Kyle Brazeil)
PHILADELPHIA – The event that often draws the most excitement at track and field meets is the one-mile run. It should be no different this weekend (April 25-27) when some of the top prep milers from the northeast and beyond leg it out at the 119th annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at historic Franklin Field.
From Hopkinton to Boston more than a half a million people line the streets the third Monday in April, beginning their holiday by cheering the never-ending stream of runners that pass by.
The women of Wellesley College know their place at the halfway mark. Their youthful enthusiasm provides the runners some mental fuel to make it to Boylston Street and the finish line at Copley Square that’s still 13-miles away.
The bars and restaurants are crowded with people, most glued to this storied race pictured on the flat screens. The city is buzzing. Everyone is happy in Beantown. It’s Patriots Day, the date designated for the oldest and most-fabled 26.2-mile footrace in the world, the Boston Marathon.
The outdoor track and field season is barely two-weeks old and already things are heating up.
Hendricken comes up big down the stretch to outlast Classical, 83-71, in Central Division duel.
Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts compete in 45th annual Knights of Columbus Relays
Cumberland boys and girls open season with Northern Division sweep of Lincon, Central Falls
Mother Nature had the last laugh on April Fools’ Day.
Video highlights of the New England Championships and the New Balance National Indoor Championships.
There is one thing you can say about Maddy Berkson. No matter what event and no matter what type of competition, she always comes to race.
Rhode Island athletes fared well on Saturday during Day 2 of the New Balance Nationals in New York City.
NEW YORK –Kendell Williams came into the New Balance Nationals looking to defend her title in the pentathlon. The senior from Kell High in Georgia accomplished that goal and more on Saturday, leaving the Armory with a national record.
NEW YORK – With the final races concluding during Day I of the New Balance Nationals on Friday, most fans inside the Armory were already out the door and heading home. It’s too bad because they certainly missed a treat. And what a show it was. (Photo by Kyle Brazeil)
NEW YORK – History was made less than three weeks ago at the Armory in New York City - site of this weekend’s New Balance Indoor Nationals - by a runner that seems to break records nearly every time he laces up his track spikes. (Photo by Don Rich)
Henry Wynne was confident he could defend his title in the 1,000-meter run at the 26th annual New England Indoor Track and Field Championship.
When you are competing in an elite meet, having a keen awareness of your top competition is of the utmost importance.
For any schoolboy high-jumper, the pinnacle to supremacy in the vertical leap is achieving the seven-foot barrier; clearing a height that’s an impressive 84 inches from the ground to the top of the bar.
Maddy Berkson flew out to Seattle on Friday night to compete in the prestigious Brooks PR Invitational at the Dempsey Indoor Stadium. The Classical High junior comes home today with another state record.
The R.I. Interscholastic League held its annual Jumpfest Wednesday night with a pair of events that are not contested at the state championships – the triple jump and the pole vault.
Maddy Berkson's amazing indoor season isn’t finished quite yet. In fact in some ways, it’s just getting started.
It was familiar territory once again on Saturday for Bishop Hendricken at the RIIL Indoor Track and Field Championships as the Hawks claimed their 26th team crown.
For the seventh straight year, La Salle Academy won the girls’ team title at the RIIL State Indoor Track and Field Championship. The only difference this time is the Rams had a little company.
After Winter Storm Nemo forced three postponements from its original date of Saturday, the RIIL Class Championships finally got underway Tuesday night.
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Longtime head coach Thom Spann has had his share of outstanding sprinters over the years at Hope High.
Sophomore Quashira McIntosh is on pace to be one of his best.
It was status quo for McIntosh on Saturday afternoon at the Medium School Championship. The No. 1 ranked speedster in both the 55-meter dash and the 300 captured both her specialties with ease inside the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house. McIntosh beat her closest pursuer in the dash by two-tenths of a second, breaking the tape in 7.45 seconds. With limited rest, she dominated the 300 by more than two seconds with a winning time of 40.7.
BOSTON, Mass. – Records are made to be broken. For Mary Cain, it’s something that's starting to become a habit. (Photo by Kyle Brazeil)
BOSTON, Mass. – Henry Wynne is not used to running just one race. (Photo by Jack Prior)
BOSTON, Mass. – North Carolina’s Wesley Frazier wasn’t planning on leading from the start. It just turned out that way. (Photo by Jack Prior)
BOSTON, Mass. – Two-time American record-holder and Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp will continue his mini tour of Boston when he competes in the 3,000-meter run. Mary Cain, the 16-year-old running sensation from New York, will try and make history again when she lines up in the women’s two mile.
The atmosphere will be electrifying on Saturday night with some of the nation’s best athletes converging inside a sold-out Reggie Lewis Center for the New Balance Grand Prix.
Twenty-four of the finest prep milers in the northeast region will also get to experience the deafening noise that will radiate around the banked oval as competitors in the Boys’ and Girls’ Junior Mile. It will be a stacked field that will include several top New Englanders
PROVIDENCE , R.I. – Zach Emrich has been a valuable member of the North Kingstown High track team all season.
On Tuesday night, at the Providence Career and Technical Academy oval, he flat-out proved it. Emrich captured two events and then concluded the meet by anchoring the school’s winning 4x400-meter relay squad as the Skippers held off Chariho Regional, 106-94, to defend their team title in the Southern Division Championship.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - La Salle Academy girls' head coach Dave Wright knows winning a seventh consecutive state title won’t come easy.
He made that clear on Saturday after his Ram squad utilized its depth to snare the team title in the heavily-contested Headley Division Championships with a 171-144 verdict over runner-up Classical High at the Providence Career and Technical Academy (PCTA) field house.
While her team did take home its second straight state title, the end of the cross-country season didn’t work out as planned for Abby Livingston. She was one of the top runners leading into the championship meet, but an upset stomach and a fast, early pace contributed to the Barrington High (R.I.) junior finishing 12th overall and missing a spot on the first-team, all-state squad. Her first season on the indoor surface has kind of eased the pain. “(The state meet) was pretty disappointing,” she said. “I have tried to pick myself up and I am really enjoying track
The No. 1 priority to winning a big-time race is to first get into the seeded heat where you are given the opportunity to be pushed to the limit with the very best in the field. (Photo by Kyle Brazeil)
The Classical High junior manufactured her most impressive performance of the winter track season on Saturday by capturing the 3,000-meter run at the Hispanic Games in New York in a fast time of 9 minutes, 53.75 seconds. Berkson smashed the state record by nearly six seconds and also recorded the nation’s No. 1 clocking. Her time eclipsed the R.I. indoor mark of 9:59.47, set by former La Salle Academy great and Providence College freshman Molly Keating at last year’s state meet. It was Berkson’s second state record of her outstanding career. She also holds the outdoor 1,500-meter mark of 4:27.92, which she ran at last spring’s outdoor championships. Berkson, who has indicated she may run the prestigious Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, Wash., on Feb. 24, has copped individual titles at the R.I. Classic and the RITCA Invitational already this year. She was also third in the mile at the Bishop Loughlin Games in New York.
Feinstein didn’t attend Sandy Hook as a youth, but he has familiarity with the school. His mom, Laura, is a teacher there. Fortunately, she was one of the lucky ones that survived the massacre.
There was no rejoicing at the finish line and, shortly after capturing the 800-meter run in a fast time of 1 minute, 56.94 seconds, Chariho Regional (R.I.) senior Bryce Kelley wore the same blank expression before accepting his first-place medal.For Kelley, his performance at the fourth annual Rhode Island Classic on Saturday, which ranks No. 4 nationally, was just another step forward to bigger and better things this winter.“I’m doing the mile at the Hispanic Games (in N.Y.) next weekend so I really just wanted to get an 800 in, get some quick turnover in,” he said. “I didn’t really care about the time. I just wanted to get this experience.”
Despite the snowstorm that hit the northeast region, an abundance of schools from Rhode Island and its surrounding states ignored the elements and made the trek to Providence for the 4th annual R.I. Classic on Saturday. Here are some of the highlights that entertained the dedicated fans that packed the stands inside the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house:
In her first two years on the track oval, Maddy Berkson has established a career that most runners would envy. Classical High’s versatile junior has won multiple state titles in the middle-distance events and also took home gold in the 1,000 at the New England Championships last winter. The bad news for her competitors…she’s just getting started! Consider Saturday’s performance at the R.I. Track Coaches Association (RITCA) Invitational in Providence as just a preview.
With mostly sunny skies and 70-degree weather year round, San Diego is considered one of the best
places in the U.S. to kick back and relax.
But while the forecast looks promising this Saturday for another stellar day at “America’s Finest City,” a
little R & R will be the furthest thing on the minds of some of the best high school runners in the country
as they invade the city’s Balboa Park for the annual Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships. It will
be all business for the 40 boys and 40 girls that have qualified for the national competition, a field that
features four gifted harriers from New England.
Her pelvis was fractured in three different places and her left arm also suffered multiple fractures. Doctors have estimated a timetable of at least three months before she can walk normally again. Thanks to her background in running, Anne Dutton considers herself lucky.
Scott Carpenter wasn’t about to play hero right away at the Brown University Northeast Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
With a talented field that featured several runners capable of traversing over Goddard Memorial State Park’s generous five-kilometer layout in the low 15-minute range, the senior from Lenox High was content with just hanging with the lead pack and making his move in the late stages.
Back in the fall of 2007, HBO aired a moving documentary about distance runner and U.S. Olympian Joseph “Lopez” Lomong. It told the story of the terrifying early life of the African native, who was kidnapped at the age of 6 by rebel soldiers of the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) and put in a refugee camp miles away from his home.
Madeline Montague doesn’t consider herself too much of a speedster. The senior from Greenwich Central High in New York feels her strength lies with her endurance for the longer races.
That’s why at the start of Saturday’s 6th annual Ocean State Cross-Country Invitational in Warwick, R.I., Montague wasn’t in a panic stage while she was hovering near the rear of the field of 81 runners in the girls’ Championship Division race.
“I always get caught at the beginning because it’s such a pile up, everyone’s freaked out,” she said. “That usually happens because I am not particularly aggressive at the beginning. I am not a sprinter. It’s hard for me to get out there. But I knew there would be chances around corners and stuff to work my way up. I wasn’t too concerned about it.”
Just five people have attempted it and only two have finished. That’s all you need to know. (Photo courtesy of Run Across America)
Charlie Powell has worn many hats in track and field. Until his retirement in December, Powell was the head men’s track and field coach at the University of Pennsylvania for nearly three decades.
Cayla Hatton didn’t need four years of high school to develop into a top-class runner. All she needed was one.
In the much-anticipated USA versus the World competition during the final day of the 118th Penn Relays Carnival, the Americans put on a show for the nearly 50,000 that filled the stands at Franklin Stadium by sweeping all six events. (Photo by Don Rich)
No lead is safe. No lead is safe, at least when it’s Edward Cheserek. The St. Benedict NJ junior didn’t disappoint the fans gathered at Franklin Stadium Friday night for the 118th Penn Relays Carnival. (Photo by Don Rich)
The first day of the high school competition at the 118th Penn Relays Carnival couldn’t have had a better ending. Tatnall celebrates a Relays record in the DMR. (Photo by Aaron Rich)
Texas pole-vaulter Shawn Barber, a senior at Kingwood Park, didn’t become the nation’s best by accident. The progression to his personal best of 17 feet, 8 inches, set at the beginning of March, was a steady process that first began six years ago on the family’s farm in New Mexico. (Photo by Don Rich)
After a grueling cross-country season where she won her first state title, placed second at the Foot Locker Nationals and competed in her first race overseas, Erin Finn was ready for a break. The Michigan runner, a junior at West Bloomfield High, just needed some time off from nearly five months of some hardcore training and racing. (Photo by Don Rich)
The La Salle Academy girls kicked off the 25th annual New England Indoor Track & Field Championships by smashing a state record in the 4x800-meter relay. That was just the opening act for the Rhode Island contingent that made its way to the March 2 meet.
Chariho Regional put a halt to 17 straight years of dominance by Bishop Hendricken on Saturday by taking the boys’ team title at the R.I. Interscholastic League Indoor Track and Field Championships with a 68-63 win over the runner-up Hawks.
Runners usually don’t develop into sprinters. Speed is often a gift that comes unwrapped at a young age. Aldrich Bailey, a senior at Mansfield Timberview in Arlington, Texas, has that gift. He made that known the summer after finishing the fifth grade when the young speedster blazed through 200 meters in about 25 seconds.
The scenery at Indian Rifle Park has had many different looks over the years. The 95-acre park, located in Kettering, Ohio, is the site of the town’s ever-changing recreation complex, one that now includes a senior center, an ice arena, three swimming pools and a walking/running track among other things. (Photo by Robert Hollen)
Another race. Another victory. Another course record for Edward Cheserek. (Photos by Maroon News)
The nation’s No. 1 harrier from St. Benedict’s Prep in N.J. defended his crown at the annual Brown University Northeast Championship on Saturday, smashing the old five-kilometer record by 30 seconds.
Emily Sisson joins the Providence College Friars as a Sophomore this season, creates potential for a special season for PC. (Photo by dspics.com)
Devonte Davis, a 6-foot-4, 193 pound senior from Galena Park North Shore High, has the physical make-up and raw talent to excel at whatever he does. He has demonstrated that throughout his four years at the Texas school, earning a full scholarship to play football this fall as a wide receiver at Division I program UNLV and establishing himself as one of the leading triple-jumpers in the country.
Located in the Hall of Fame area at Abington High is a plaque hanging right next to the locker room entrance. It’s not just any plaque to the members of the boys’ track & field team. (Photo courtesy of Brian Deck)
On a miserable day back in December, St. Benedict’s (N.J.) Prep sophomore Edward Cheserek finished a mere two seconds behind individual winner Lukas Verzbicas at the Nike Cross-Country Nationals in Portland Meadows. Another 100 meters and head coach Marty Hannon believes his star runner could have possibly defeated the two-time champion and Illinois phenom from Sandburg High.
Shelby Ashe (Sr., St. Pius X Catholic, pictured left) and Daina Levy (Sr., Kennesaw Mountain High, pictured right) are not only best friends, they are ranked 1 and 2 in the Nation. Photos by Don Rich, PennTrackXC.com.
There was a time – one year ago, to be exact - when Monica Pechanec had no idea about the pole vault. “All I knew is it was something in track and field that used a long pole and a box,” she said. “I didn’t know anything about it.”
The girls’ course record at the challenging five-kilometer layout at New Jersey’s Holmdel Park has stood for 27 years. While she knew it was within her reach, that wasn’t the top concern for Megan Venables going into the NJSIAA Group Championships this past Saturday.
Elias Gedyon (Loyola, CA), the Nike Cross National runner up in 2009 will be going for his 3rd straight California State XC title.
Molly Seidel (in green) is burning up Wisconsin, and hopes to take that talent to San Diego in 2 months.
US#1 Futsum Zeinasellassie is undefeated this season, and looks to remain that way.
Final Nike Elite story on Bryan Clay continues our Elite coverage as we get closer to the Nike Track Nationals on June 2nd. One more video interview to go! (Photo by Vic Sailer, PhotoRun.net)
In addition to the video interviews, Reese Hoffa kicks off a series of stories on Elite Nike athletes as we get closer to the Nike Track Nationals. (Photo by Vic Sailer, PhotoRun.net)
Emily Sisson, Parkway Central MO, will be among the favorites this weekend in Boston in the NIN 2 Mile. She boasts a 3k best of 9:25.70. (Photos by Margot Kelly and Don Rich)
The nerves usually don’t kick in too much for Lizzie Powell.
The senior from Patrick Henry High in Virginia, and a nationally-ranked pole-vaulter, does get a little nervous. She does get that excited anticipation that one normally experiences before competition.
This time, though, it was different.
(Lizzie and her sister Annie, a vaulter for UNC Wilmington)
(Photo Courtesy of Tim Fulton, ArmoryTrack.com)
Joanna and Kathleen Stevens are identical twins. With their blond hair and similar physiques, there’s no denying that about the Blacksburg (Va.) High runners.
(Photo by Brandon Miles)