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.  

Weekend Highlights: Laurent (LA) Vaults 13-09.25; Vena (NJ) Throws 66-00.75 in Shot Feb 23, 2008

The weekend started with some great results taking place at the University of Kentucky and the New Jersey Meet of Champions.  Head-to-head match-ups are the name of the game, and so many impressed.  See what is taking place across the country as the weekend rolls forward. ***Jared Hall (OH) beats Isaiah Ward (MI) 1:52.19-1:52.21 in Ohio!!!***Brian Leung (NJ) runs 8:59.77 to Doug Smith's (NJ) 9:01.86 at 3200 in NJ, Chris Derrick runs 9:03.1 in Illinois at 3200m!!!***Rachel Laurent (LA) vaults a U.S. #1 of 13-09.25 at Louisiana Indoor Champs!!!***Nick Vena (NJ) throws SP 66-00.75 at New Jersey Meet of Champions, a big U.S.#1!!!***Becky O'Brien (ME) throws U.S. #1 SP of 50-11 at USATF Indoor Champs, 6th Overall!!!***Chanelle Price (PA) & Tasha Stanley (MD) don't advance to Sunday's 800m finals!!!***William Wynne (GA) U.S. #2 for 60m hurdles in 7.73, U.S. #1 400m in 47.82!!! Video***Christian Taylor (GA) jumps 25-00 in long jump at University of Kentucky!!! VideoTop Boys Highlights- Jared Hall (OH) runs 1:52.19 at Akron (OH), a new U.S.#1 - Brian Leung (NJ) runs 8:59.77, a U.S. #1, at NJ MOC in 3200m - Nick Vena (NJ) throws U.S#1 in NJ MOC with 66-00.75 shot put - Christian Taylor (GA) leaps 25-00 feat at Kentucky, furthers U.S.#1- William Wynne (GA) runs U.S.#2 for 60m hurldes in 7.73 at UK, then comes back and run new U.S.#1 for 400m at 47.82.- Erik Kynard (OH) jumps 7-00 in high jump at Kentucky- Juan Steward (PA) runs U.S.#3 at 200m in 21.67 at Penn StateTop Girls Highlights- Rachel Laurent (LA) vaults 13-09.25 at LA State Champs, U.S.#1 - Becky O'Brien (ME) throws U.S.#1 at 50-11 in SP at USATF Indoors- Chanelle Price (PA) & Tasha Stanley (MD) don't advance in 800 in MA- Brittany Long (GA) speeds to U.S.#1 for 60m in 7.36 at Kentucky  - Chalonda Goodman (GA) runs U.S.#2 for 200m in 23.70 at UK  - Madeline Morgan (AL) runs 4:52.70 in the mile at Kentucky, U.S.#2- Jacquelyn Coward (TN) runs 8.25 at 60m hurdles at UK

Juan Steward US#3 200 21.67!! | Harrisburg US#5 4x4 3:21.35 | Hyleas Fountain wins LJ 20-11.25 Feb 20, 2008

View video of the Friends' Invite 800 Meter Run by Jayson Jackson USATF Champs: Chanelle Price finished 12th in 2:08.39 and will not advance to the finals on Sunday. Georganne Way, Indiana Elite, finished 13th in 2:08.47. She was a 2003 Warwick Valley grad who won the 2003 AAA state title in the 800. Hyleas Fountain, a 2000 Central Dauphin East grad, won the long jump championship. (Photo by PennTrackXC) Top performances were recorded at the Kevin Dare Invite in the boys 200 and 1600 relay. Juan Steward, Cumberland Valley, recorded a US #2 time of 21.67 with his win in the 200 meter dash. Harrisburg won the 1600 meter relay with a 3:21.35, good enough for US #5. The DVGTCA Last Chance Meet scheduled for Friday evening at Lehigh University and the Bloomsburg University HS Inv #2, were both canceled because of the weather. The meets will not be held this year.

Big Match-Ups, Big Meets Highlight Weekend Competition Feb 22, 2008

 Jasmin Stowers (SC) leads the way in Kentucky this weekend(Photo by Don Rich)A big weekend of stellar head-to-head match-ups and intense championship meets are upon us.  While the USATF Indoor T&F Championships will capture many of the national headlines this weekend, which include a handful of prep athletes, meets in Kentucky, New Jersey and Pennsylvania highlight the weekend.Keep an Eye On...- Coward (TN) v. Stowers (SC) in 60m hurdles at UK- Alleman (NJ) v. Vena (NJ) in shot put at NJ MOC's- Price, Rankin, O'Brien, Morris, Stanley at USATF Indoor T&F Champs.- Krais, Shump, Lane compete at Penn State University

USATF Weekend Wrap-Up: O\'Brien Places Sixth Among U.S.\'s Best Feb 25, 2008

 Becky O'Brien (ME) throws new U.S. #1 in shot put with 50-11 toss(Photo by Don Rich)Three of the best prep athletes took to the USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Boston to test their skills against the best professional athletes in the country.  Becky O'Brien (ME), Chanelle Price (PA) and Tasha Stanley (MD) all competed well, and's Don Rich was there covering the action.Becky O'Brien Post-Meet Interview - ResultsTasha Stanley Post-Meet Interview - ResultsUSATF Indoor Championships Photo GalleryComplete USATF Indoor Championships Results