Prep Standouts Shine Under The Lights At Icahn Stadium
PHOTOS and Recap by John Nepolitan of DyeStat
U.S. Olympians Bryce Hoppel and Ajee’ Wilson picked up generous pay checks for roughly two minutes of work Friday night at Icahn Stadium.
Running in pro 800-meter fields and without pacing, Hoppel and Wilson both took home oversized $8,000 checks.
Hoppel, of adidas, took over the men’s race at 500 meters and held off Ryan Sanchez (Puerto Rico) over the final 200 for the 1:46.07 to 1:46.80 win.
Wilson (adidas) led the field through 400 meters in 60 seconds and then held off Adelle Tracey (HOKA) over the final circuit for the 2:01.28 to 2:02.0 win.
In the high school boys 200 meters, recently crowned Georgia state champion Maurice Gleaton of Fairburn GA won the race in 21.12 to hold off Josiyah Taylor (Denton, Texas), who ran 21.27 ( +1.9 wind).
Avery Lewis of Friends’ Central PA won the high school girls 200 in 23.57 seconds.
In the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, Jean-Simon Desgagnes (New Balance – Canada), currently #3 in North America, took the win in 8:23.32 over Anthony Rotich (US Army), who ran 8:26.98 for the sixth-fastest time among Americans this year.
Parul Chaudhary (adidas/American Distance Project/India) ran 9:41.88 for the women’s steeplechase win and the #3 time in Asia so far in 2023.
In the men’s 1,500 meters, John Reniewicki (Under Armour) took the win in 3:39.10.
New Balance Nationals Indoor champion Tinoda Matsatsa (Potomac, Md.) took the lead early then held off a strong challenge from current US#2 Aaron Sahman (Newbury Park, Calif.) for the 1:49.48 to 1:49.72 win in the boys 800. Matsatsa improved to US#5.
Alexina Tuebel (Tracksmith) pulled away from the women’s 1,500 field over the final 600 for the 4:07.68 win. Back in ninth place, high schooler Ellie Shea (Emerging Elite Club MA) ran a US #2 4:17.41.
Collin Boler (Delbarton NJ) went out in 2:01 and 3:02.29 through 800 and 1,200, respectively, and then tied up just a little to win in 4:06.71 to move to #11 in the U.S. in the mile and #1 in NJ. Joe Perazzo (Wagner NY) was second in 4:08.03 to take over the N.Y. lead and Steven Hergenrother (Ridgefield CT) was third in 4:09.00, tops in Connecticut this season.
In the girls mile, Kiky Guinn of Norfolk, Va. kicked for the win in 4:46.17, the No. 8 time in country.
In the girls 800, Amelia Everett (Newtown, Mass.) led five runners under 2:10, winning in 2:07.94.
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