Gordon, LeBourne, Pres, Golden Selected as August Athletes of the Month

9/14/2015
 
OPEN
Lalonde Gordon, 26, of Queens, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York Open Athlete of the Month for August 2015.  Gordon, who competes for Trinidad and Tobago, started the month off on August 8 by winning 400m at the North American Central American Area Championships (NACAC) in San Jose, Costa Rica.  His winning time was 44.89.  The day before in the 1st-round he ran 44.64.  At the IAAF World Championships in late August Gordon finished ninth.  In the 1st-round he ran 44.97 and then following that up with a 44.70 in the semi-finals where he finished fourth in his heat; missing the finals by .06 seconds.  To cap the meet off he ran the second leg for the Trinidad and Tobago 4x400m relay team as they placed second running 2:58.20; which makes them the #7 country all time.  In the 1st-round Gordon split 43.85 on the anchor leg and in the finals he split 44.1 running the second leg.
 
 
MASTERS
Anselm LeBourne, 56, of Maplewood, NJ has been selected as the USATF New York Masters Athlete of the Month for August 2015.  LeBourne won two gold medals (800m and 1500m) at the World Masters Championships in Lyon, France.  Competing in the men’s 55-59 division LeBourne captured the 800m running 2:04.79 to defeat Ray Knerr of California.  In the 1500m he again defeated Knerr as he broke the tape in 4:22.21.  LeBourne then traveled to Beijing, China to compete in the inaugural masters exhibition event as part of the IAAF World Championships. He was the lone American male to be invited.  Competing in the 800m he finished 4th running  2:03.75.  He was the oldest athlete in the field with the others all in their early 50s.  Following his race he offered “This experience is the best experience ever. I’ve learned so much coming to the World Championships. I want to volunteer now, I want to be part of USATF. I really want to put masters on high. I’d like to elevate masters, I want people to understand 56 is not a death sentence. 51, 52 is not a death sentence. We’ve just begun.”
 
Youth
Itamar Pres, 12, of New York has been selected as the USATF New York Youth Athlete of the Month for August 2015.  Res, who competes for the Chelsea Greyhounds at two 10th place finishes at the National Junior Olympic Championships in Jacksonville, Florida. On August 1, Pres finished 10th in the 11-12 1500m running a personal best time of 4:46.26.  Early in the meet he also placed 10th in the 3000m as he crossed the line in 10:20.66; just ?? shy of his personal best.
 
 




High School
Zola Golden, 18, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York High School Athlete of the Month for August 2015. Golden represented Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada running the 400m and 4x400m relay.  In the 1st round of the 400m Golden ran 53.70 which was the second fastest qualifying time behind Canada’s Kendra Clarke.  In the finals she ran 53.12 to finish fifth.  Her time matched the time she ran in June at the USATF championships and is her second fastest time of her career behind the 52.82 she ran in 2014.  Golden recently matriculated to the University of Texas-Austin where she is a freshman.