Meet director Thayer Redman started the Michael Hartfield JV Jamboree as primarily an event for individual Junior Varsity athletes to compete in a fun, but competitive environment. Redman started the meet in honor of his 2008 Manchester High School graduate and track and field standout, as well as a competitor in the 2016 Olympics for Team USA in the long jump. The meet held on Friday, April 12th at the Barry ‘Mitch’ Mitchell Athletic Complex at Manchester High School also provided a limited opportunity for varsity athletes to compete in the Steeplechase, Hammer Throw, as well as the Sprint and Distance medley relays.
While the competition by many of the athletes in the Junior Varsity events featured personal records or near bests two of the highlights of the meet came on the track and in the field in the Varsity events.
First Time a Charm for Trey Cormier in 3k Steeplechase
The first-time performance in the Boys 3000m Steeplechase by Trey Cormier of Hall that resulted in a new State Record and US#-1 time of 9:23.79 was even more memorable considering Cormier had never raced the event that includes 28 of the 36” unmovable barriers nor had he practiced over the water-jump barrier he encountered 7 times in the race. Although the Dartmouth-bound senior has recently shown his speed at the longer distances as the 2019 2-Mile New England Champion (9:14.76) and a recent 4:20 1600m effort in a dual meet, the inclusion of the 3-foot hard barriers sometimes can put the best in a different frame of mind while racing. Cormier had little difficulty in racing over the barriers as he bettered the former record of 9:25.64 by Everett Hackett of Hall at the 2008 State Open. Fittingly, Hackett is one of Cormier’s coaches at Hall.
Finish line photo courtesy of A.J. LaPlant, East Hartford Timing
Joe Lanham Spins to New PR in Hammer Throw
In the field, the Hammer Throw is one of those events where speed, coordination and the spinning technique can all mesh together to provide an exciting spectator performance. The state’s leading thrower, senior Joe Lanham of Coventry, certainly had one of performances where everything came together that resulted in a huge PR toss of 197’9” and US #2 mark that eclipsed his previous best of 189’3” at the Bloomfield Invite two weeks ago. It will be exciting to watch Lanham the remainder of the season as he seems to be on track to crack that State Record mark of 211’2” set by AJ Guerra of Woodstock Academy at the 2010 HPHS Invite.
Watch Joe in action during his PR toss in this special video at MSR YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/1BXzDsCLJBo
Junior Varsity Athletes Set PRs
The success of the meet was evident as many of the events featured PRs by event winners that included:
Boys Individual Events:
200 Meters, Adaine Allwood, 24.46, Achievement First
400 Meters, Shandlier Pinthieire, 53.85, Classical Magnet
800 Meters, Jeremy Rivera, 2:12.63, Prince Tech
110m Hurdles, Alpha Omega Nicholson, 19.77, Manchester
Shot Put, Marcus Ramsey, 41-09.00, Hall
Javelin, Kaleb Calixto, 108-04, Windham
High Jump, Mehki Tyson-Slaughter, 5-08.00, Capital Prep
Pole Vault, Wesley Allison, 7-00.00, Manchester
Long Jump, Jarred Griffon, 19-05.00, Classical Magnet
Girls Individual Events:
200 Meters, Renita Edwards, 28.33, Capital Prep
400 Meters, Heaven Rodriguez, 1:04.97, Capital Prep
800 Meters, Nora Holmes, 2:33.18, Hall
1600 Meters, Talitha Lewis, 6:10.71, Manchester
300m Hurdles, Nicole Deslauriers, 56.59, Hall
Shot Put, Daigionaye Edwards, 32-05.50, Capital Prep
Discus, Samantha Ramos, 68-05, East Hartford
High Jump, Saryah Winborne, 4-06.00, Capital Prep
Long Jump, Jeannai Plummer, 14-10.00, Manchester
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