The Steeplechase is ready to make a splash at the High School level at Regis College on Saturday as part of the 15th annual Weston Twilight Invitational. Is this really the first ever High School Steeplechase race in Massachusetts? Some of Massachusetts most knowledgable track and field historians believe it is ! We have had High School runners compete in Open Steeplechase races, as well as Junior Olympic competition. We believe the runners competing in Saturdays meet will make history, and possibly pave the way for more races in the future. Milesplitmass caught up with meet Director and long time Weston coach Joh Monz to find out how the steeplechase made its way into his Invitational.
The pole vault became fun again for Westford Academy’s Brendan Sullivan at last night’s Weston Twilight Invitational. The state record-holder had been pressing this spring with growing frustration at not hitting the marks he set for himself. Sullivan decided not to worry about his performance, but instead, revert back to the basics in his specialty. Sullivan entered the competition at 14 feet and proceeded to dominate his competitors with a personal best by five inches and a meet record of 16-0 in the dark shadows beyond the final turn of the track that was five hours busy with competition. The senior’s mark bettered his own 14-6 mark he shared with Andover’s Mark Vetere and Ross MacDonald of Newton South, while serving as a benchmark performance so far this spring. “I was calm and just tried to have fun with it today,” said Sullivan. “I went back to the basics. I was thinking about it too much. I just wanted to enjoy it. I’ve had a lot of frustration. I tried not to over think things.”
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Newtonsportsphotography.com has done incredible work in capturing some of the magical moments of the Weston Twilight Meet, including the incredible Pole Vaut State record by Brendan Sullivan. Relive seven hours of amazing track and field photography in this 4 minute youtube highlight show. This is photography at its best, and if you enjoyed it please send them a thank you message at the bottom of the blog.
For photos visit: http://www.newtonsportsphotography.com/blog/2012/05/08/2012-weston-twilight/Highlights include Kayla Wong and Nicole Genard in 100 hurdle trials, Margaret Perko winning long jump, Donovan Henry winning 200m, Colin Bernie diving for 800m win, Chris Allen winning 1 mile over Ben Groleau and Justin Keefe, Brendan Sullivan's 16ft clearance, Steph Brown winning girls vault, Joel Hubbard taking 2 mile. amilton-Wenham winning girls 4×800 and 4×400, Nicole Genard and Kayla Prior battling for 4x100m win.
Results from this heat:1 Hubbard, Joel Marshfield 9:13.84 2 Gallagher, Wesley Pembroke 9:15.64 3 Thomas, Kevin Marshfield 9:17.95 4 Christensen, Nick Peabody 9:27.27 5 Hale, Peter Swampscott HS 9:32.84 6 Herzig, Matt Weston 9:35.89 7 Valeri, John Pembroke 9:38.51 8 Kalenoski, Mike Lowell 9:39.04 9 Shiu, Allen Newton South 9:41.81 10 Wiggins, Owen Norwell 9:42.32 11 Conway, Keith Newburyport 9:42.54 12 Daley, Conor Lincoln-Sudb 9:42.91 13 Tavares, Paolo New Bedford 9:50.62 14 Crowley, Brian Ludlow 9:52.38 See full meet results at:http://www.coolrunning.com/results/12/ma/May5_Weston_set1.shtml
Results of this heat 1 Bennie, Colin Wachusett 1:56.52 2 McNaughton, Michael Haverhill 1:56.53 3 McCarthy, Nathan Lowell 1:57.56 4 Stafford, William Pembroke 1:58.17 5 Coppinger, Patrick Lowell 1:58.26 6 Sullivan, Alexander Northampton 1:58.27 7 Bennie, Jeremy Wachusett 1:58.71 8 Bolick, Timothy Hopkinton 1:59.21 9 George, Marc Marian 1:59.43 10 Murphy, Connor Saint John's 1:59.94 11 Siddique, Bashir Acton-Boxbor 2:00.87 See full meet results at:http://www.coolrunning.com/results/12/ma/May5_Weston_set1.shtml
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