Cain and Freeman Capture Titles at USA Indoor Championships

3/4/2013
 

Jake (Thomas) Freeman is 32 years old.  At 16 years of age, Mary Cain is half his age.  Over the weekend both USATF New York members won national titles at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.  

 

They were joined by TIm Seaman (New York AC / Chula Vista, Calf.) in the 3000m Race Walk, Amanda Smock (New York AC / Minneapolis, Minn.) in the Triple Jump, and Gwendolyn Berry (New York AC / Carbondale, Ill.) in the Weight Throw on the top level of the awards podium.  

 

Freeman (New York Athletic Club / Mineola, N.Y.) won the  Weight Throw for his first U.S. title.  Prior to this year he had  two runner-up finishes (2005, 2007) and five 3rd place finishes (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).  Freeman heaved the implement 23.51m (77-1.5) on his fourth throw to take the lead from defending champion AG Kruger.

 

“I had my best throw in the fourth round and I took the lead from AG (Kruger) then and kept it. That was a season best for me. I’ve beat (Kruger) before and it’s fun to come in here and win. It’s a friendly competition between us. I’ve known him for a long time. There won’t be a huge amount of talking between us, but I can always hear him. This definitely gives me alot of confidence for the outdoor season.”

 

The precocious Cain, a Junior at Bronxville High School, won the women’s 1 Mile in a very tactical race and became the first high school athlete to win a national indoor open title since 2003 when Alyson Felix won the 200m.  Her time of 5:05.68 was 37 seconds slower than the 4:28.25 she had run at the Millrose Games.

 

“I don’t worry about time. I go in there to race, and that’s what I did today. I was kind of glad I was in the pack, and I know I have a kick so I thought if nobody wants to go now I’ll really go the last 400 and kill it in and that’s exactly what I did. I knew that I have a good kick and as long as I am in it, I have a good shot to win.

 

Seaman’s victory in the 3000m Race Walk earned him his 12th overall USA Indoor title and his 45th national championship in a long and successful career. In winning 12 indoor titles, Seaman overtook Lance Deal for the most all-time indoor titles in U.S. history. Seaman’s winning time of 12:08.65 also bettered the existing American masters 40-44 indoor record. 

 

Earning a second place finish was Jeneva McCall (New York AC / Carbondale, Ill.) in the Shot Put with a throw of 22.62m (74-2 ½). McCall also finished third in the Weight Throw with a heave of 22.62m (74-2 ½).

 

Bronze medalists from the New York Association were; Miranda Melville (New York Athletic Club / Rush, N.Y.) in the 3000m Race Walk in a time of 13:24.96 and Mary Saxer (New York Athletic Club / Boston, MA) in the Pole Vault soaring 4.60m (15-1).

 

Other New York athletes competing in the championships were:

Athlete

Place

Event

Club / Hometown

Performance

Jessie Gaines

4th

Long Jump

Central Park TC / Brooklyn, N.Y.

6m 30s

Janice Keppler

4th

Pole Vault

Unattached / Medina, N.Y.

4.60m

Chaz Thomas

5th

Long Jump

Central Park TC / Huntington, N.Y.

7.42m

Jessie Gaines

6th

60m Hurdles

Central Park TC / Brooklyn, N.Y.

8.26

Jeffrey Porter

6th

60m Hurdles

New York AC / Canton, Mich.

9.49

Amanda Bingson

6th

Weight Throw

New York AC / San Marcos, Tex.

20.36m

Heather Miller

6th

Pentathlon

Central Park TC / New York, N.Y.

4105

Catherine Beck

8th

3000m

Central Park TC / Newark, N.J.

9:50.58

Francyna Evins

Heat - 5th  

60m

Central Park TC / Staten Isl, N.Y.

7.61

Mary Wineberg

DNF (Finals)

400m

New York AC / Cincinnati, Oh

52.51 (heats)