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Asics Invitational Performance List Jan 14, 2008

Performance list for the 2008 Asics Invitational to be held Friday and Saturday, January 18th and 19th at Liberty University's Tolsma Track Center in Lynchburg, VA. MileStat.com will be on-site with coverage from Brandon Miles and photos from Ted Plunkett.

Weekend Highlights: Price (PA) sets national record at 500m, Kynard (OH) leaps 7-03.75 in HJ Jan 20, 2008

 **Chanelle Price (PA) (above) set the national record in the 500m dash Saturday, beating a strong field in the process to running 1:10.30!!! Post race Interview**Wayne Davis (NC) ran 7.16 in the 55m hurdles Saturday at the Asics Invitational at Liberty University.  His time ranks him top ten all-time!!!**Erik Kynard (OH) leaps 7-03.75 in the high jump Saturday at the University of Findlay.  Kynard's already lept 7-01.5 this year and is now only 1.5 inches off the national record!!!A big weekend (1/18 - 1/19) of action certainly did not disappoint track and field fans across the nation.  Chanelle Price (PA) broke the U.S. record in the girls' 500m dash, while numerous U.S. #1 marks were established across the board.  Check inside to see what took place this weekend.Top Boys' Performances- Erik Kynard (OH): Leaps 7-03.75 in the high jump in OH for U.S.#1 - Robby Andrews (NJ): Runs 4:12.48 for U.S.#1 mile at NB Games - Michael Barbas (TX): Earns U.S.#1 with SP throw of 62-04.25 at Carl L.- Marquise Goodwin (TX): Jumps U.S.#1 mark in LJ with 24-07 in TX - Wayne Davis (NC): Earns top ten all-time mark in 55m hurdles in 7.16- Mason Finley (CO): Continues to improve with 62-01.5 SP in CO - William Wynne (GA): Hurdles 7.86 in 60m hurdles at KTC Inv.Top Girls' Performances- Breanna Hubbard (GA): Runs a 7.49 in 60m dash, new U.S.#1 @ KTC- Kristin Reese (NY): Runs 4:52.48 for U.S.#1 mile at NB Games - Conestoga (PA): Win New Balance 4x800m relay in U.S.#1 9:11.48 - Meaghan Gregory (NY): Runs U.S.#1 at 3k in 9:52.27 at Yale - Saratoga Springs (NY): Runs U.S.#1 in DMR with an 11:48.88 time - Audrey West (WY): Leaps 18' 10.5" at BYU in the triple jump- Chalonda Goodman (GA): Sprints U.S.#2 200m time of 24.56 @ KTC- Karen Shump (PA): PRs in shot put with U.S. #1 mark of 50-03.25

Sprint & Distance Showdowns Lead the Way this Weekend Jan 17, 2008

 Dylan Ferris (NC) stars at the KTC Track Classic (TN) this weekend(Photo by John Herzog)Elite level sprint, hurdle and distance races highlight this weekend's calendar of events.  A handful of meets bring together some of the top competition nationally to square off head-to-head.  See which meets will rule the weekend in our weekend preview.Highlight Meets of the WeekendKTC Indoor Classic (TN) - Stacked with talent, the KTC Classic will showcase such athletes as Dylan Ferris (NC), Jacquelyn Coward (TN), William Wynne (GA) and Chalonde Goodman (GA) to name a few.  The sprints are the highlight of the event.New Balance Games (NY) - Two elite high school mile races and the main match-up of Dalilah Muhammed (NY) v. Chanelle Price (PA) make the New Balance Games a meet to keep an eye on once again.  The Muhammed v. Price match-up could yield a national record in the 500m.Yale Track Classic (CT) - While many of the top distance stars will be in New York for the weekend, many top distance runners travel to Yale to show their stuff.  The boys and girls DMR and 3k races are the featured events of the weekend.Asics Invitational (VA) - Wayne Davis (NC), the powerhouse team of New Bern (NC) & Peter Dorrell (VA) lead the way at Liberty University.  While much of the attention nationally may draw towards the New Balance Games or KTC Indoor Classic, this meet may very well produce the same amount of elite marks.Carl Lewis Indoor Invitational (TX) - While only a handful of Texas stars will compete at this event, athletes like shot putter Alex Adams (TX) and LaRoya Johnson (TX) show that Texas has star athletes and a lot of depth.

Athlete Spotlight: Tasia Potasinski Jan 17, 2008

Westfield senior Tasia Potasinski (pictured left by John Herzog) was rolling last weekend at the CNU Showcase in Newport News. The fastest returning 800 meter runner in the state (2:12.21 PR) anchored her 4x800 meter relay last Friday to a US #1 time of 9:22.90 with a 2:15 anchor leg split. She followed up on day two of events with a near personal best and US #10 time of 2:59.36 in a 1000 meter run as she defeated a strong field including defending state 1000 meter champion Paige Johnston of Midlothian. Potasinski looks to keep the momentum going into this weekend at the Asics Invitational at Liberty University where she will compete against another state champion runner in Laura Rapp (4:55 1600 best) of Heritage in Friday night’s 1600 meter run. The Westfield girls were able to win that elusive first state title in the 4x800 meter relay last June after coming into several previous state meets as one of the top squads in the event. Maybe it is Potasinski’s time to win her first individual state title as well after she broke out onto the scene as a freshman with a 2:15 800 meter win at the Northern Region Outdoor Meet. The country of Poland certainly has been kind to the Virginia high school running community as of late with allowing us to have 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals 800 champ Axel Mostrag compete at Fork Union as well as Potasinski with Polish heritage. Potasinski’s father was born in Poland. MileStat.com’s Brandon Miles caught up with the Westfield middle distance star for an athlete spotlight interview.

VA Weekend Recap 1/18-19 Jan 19, 2008

Wayne Davis NC 7.16 55H US #10 All-Time!Photo by Ted Plunkett It was a snow-less day in Lynchburg for the Asics Invite, but weather elsewhere and paranoia of bad weather prevented some (or at least meet transportation woes) from competing in Lynchburg and meets across the state, but still the meets went on and there is plenty of action and performances to digest from this weekend over the next few days. Results are all posted from the major meets with on-site coverage from Asics to come including photos, videos, and interviews. Performances from this weekend will be entered soon as well into the database.Asics Invitational Photo Gallery by Ted Plunkett - 1,239 total photos. Asics Invitational Photo Gallery by Tom Hoerner - 1,032 total photos.Asics Invitational Videos - More videos to be added. Results & Highlights Asics Invitational - Despite being from North Carolina, Wayne Davis was the story of the meet with US #10 all-time 55 meter hurdle performance of 7.16 in the finals on Saturday. Westfield's Matthew Anderson and Oakton's Joe Lorusso battled to the end for US top 5 times in the 1000 meter run with Anderson as the winner in a US #4 2:32.54, while Lorusso was a close second in a US #5 2:32.67. Olu Olamigoke of Mountain View also made a splash in the national rankings with US #3 leap of 47'8.50" in Friday's long jump. Daniel Inge of E.C. Glass went head-to-head against his chief rival for a pole vault state title in Deep Run's Matthew Armentrout and came out on top at his greatest height in a 15'7" clearance. Westfield now has two girls under 3 minutes in the 1000 after Brittany Sevachko won in a state best and US #9 time of 2:58.93. Sevachko stole the state's fastest time from teammate Tasia Potasinski, who improved upon her 1600 state best in a 5:04.69 win on Friday night. Peter Dorrell cruised to a 1600 (4:19) and 3200 (9:33) double victory. Kayla Lewis of William Fleming became the new state leader in the shot put with a top throw of 39 feet, while Turner Ashby's Justin Smith improved upon his second best state mark with a 57'4" win in the boys' event. Oakton swept the 4x800 meter relay with the girls as 9:46 winner and the boys running the fastest indoor time this season at 8:14. New Balance Games HS Mile - The Degfae twins of Thomas Edison finished eighth (Leoule, 4:21.42) and ninth (Tihut, 4:23.38) respectively as Leoule's time puts him under 4:20 converted for 1600 meters for the first time, while Tihut just off his personal best time from the Montgomery Invite. Also while in New York, the Thomas Edison boys dropped the state's fastest time in the 4x800 meter relay winning the second section in 8:06.68 to finish eighth overall. Meanwhile, Osbourn Park sophomore Ariel Karabinus seventh in the girls' mile with a time of 5:08.47 (5:06.87 1600 converted). The Osbourn Park girls also took advantage of running on a fast banked track with their sprint relays as they broke four minutes for the second time this season in the 4x400 (3:57.89) with a third place finish at the Armory, while also clocking a season best time of 1:44.88 in the 4x200. Keydet Invitational - Kellam's Bobby Peavey and Fork Union's Jeremy Haney put up impressive and decisive victories in the boys distance races at "The Pit". Peavey improved upon his 1600 win at CNU last week running faster on a tougher track for a full mile in 4:28.90, while Haney blew out the 3200 field with his 9:45.17 clocking. Hayfield's Jasmine Jones was the lone double event winner in the meet taking the girls' 55 meter hurdles (8.85) and 300 meter dash(42.95). Franklin County's Erin Patterson had the top field events performance clearing 11 feet once again in the pole vault. East Coast Invitational - Highlights to come. St. Christopher's Mini Invite #5 - Highlights to come. Woodberry Forest Mini Invite #2 - Highlights to come.

Asics Invitational Preview - Boys Jan 18, 2008

Johnny Dutch put a show for Virginians last year at the Virginia Tech Invitational and another hurdler from North Carolina will do the same this weeekend at the Asics Invite in US leader in the 55 (7.23) and 60 (7.63) meter hurdles, Wayne Davis of Southeast Raleigh. The defending Nike Outdoor Nationals 110 meter hurdles champion and World Youth champion and record holder will definitely be in a class of his owns in the 55 meter hurdles at Liberty.Some of Virginia's best hurdlers will be competing this weekend as well and the scary thought is if they competed in the 55 meter hurdles and the Southeast Raleigh junior Davis competed in the 60 meter hurdles next to them, Davis could likely still win. Douglas Freeman's Michael Quash and Brookville's Ethan Nixon are ranked third and fourth respectively in the state with season best times of 7.64 and 7.67 in the 55 meter hurdles, while Davis ran 7.63 in his 60 meter hurdles victory last weekend at Arkansas.

Asics Invitational Preview - Girls Jan 18, 2008

A top sprinter from North Carolina will attempt a sweep of the sprints, two of Virginia's top returning middle distance runners will make a run for 5 minutes in the 1600, three vaulters look to top their all-time best clearances from last week, Bethel relays hope for a collision-free victorious weekend, and 20 girls seeded under 3:10 in the 1000 are just some of the girls' preview highlights for this weekend's Asics Invitational in Lynchburg.

Friday @ Asics Invite: Olamigoke US #3 TJ 47\'8\" Jan 18, 2008

The threat of snow on Saturday kept some from making the trip to Lynchburg for this weekend's Asics Invitational, but those present on Friday evening were able to make for some outstanding performances. Mountain View's Olu Olamigoke (pictured left by John Herzog) bested previous triple jump state leader David Wilson of George Washington with a US #3 mark of 47'8". Meanwhile, Charlottesville's Justin Jackson joined Chris Copeland in the 6'8" club this season in the high jump. Peter Dorrell broke 4:20 for another time in the 1600 as he led from start to finish in 4:19.88 and Tasia Potasinski crept closer to five minutes with a state best 1600 of 5:04.69. The Atlee girls top vaulters switched their usual orders with Rachael Hawks as the winner clearing 11'6" for the second meet in a row and Emma Dejarnette at second in 11'0". North Carolina ruled the sprints with winners in the 300 meter dashes as Kelsey McCorkle won the 300 meter dash in 40.91 and has the top time in the 55 meter dash prelims at 7.30. More to come from Liberty including photos, videos, and interviews. Asics Invitational Friday Results Video Interview with Olu Olamigoke 

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