Gregorek, Brady, Thomas, Sandy Named May Athletes of the Month

6/14/2016
 
OPEN
John Gregorek, 24, of Annandale, NJ has been selected as the USATF New York Open Athlete of the Month for May 2016. Gregorek, who competes for the New Jersey New York Track Club and is sponsored by Asics, started the month off on May 1 by finishing fifth in the 1500m at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calf.  His time of 3:39.70 was a career best by over a second.   On May 20 he finished fifth in the 1500m at the Hoka One one Middle Distance Classic in Los Angeles running 3:38.81 for another career best.  (note: On June 4 Gregorek ran his third consecutive career best; running 3:37.36 at the Furman Elite 1500m in South Carolina).

 


MASTERS
Peter Brady, 44, of Jersey City, N.J. has been selected as the USATF New York Masters Athlete of the Month for May 2016. On May 16, competing against open and collegiate athletes, Brady clocked an impressive 4:07.98 1500m at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier Meet in Pennsylvania. Three days later, he ran 2:02.82 at the USATF New York Road To Rio Twilight Meet in New York City.  He finished the month off on the roads at the Ridgewood Memorial Day Run in New Jersey where he ran 16:11 in the 5 km to finish seventh overall (and first in 40+ masters division) and 45 minutes later ran 4:41 in the 1 mile to finish third in the masters race.  (note: On June 9 Brady ran 2:00.23 at the USATF New York Road To Rio Twilight Meet #2)
 
 

YOUTH
Ayanie Thomas, 9, of Nanuet, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York Youth Athlete of the Month for May 2016. Thomas, who competes for the In Motion Track Club.  At the Youth Challenge Series - Spring Fling Invitational on May 22 Thomas set a new 9-10 girls association record in the shot put with a throw of 9.53m (31' 3¼”) . The previous record was 7.50m (24' 7¼”) by Jessica Manzuetta in 2015. Thomas also won the mini javelin with a throw of 15.42m (50' 7¼”).
 
 




HIGH SCHOOL
Alyssa Sandy, 17, of Brooklyn, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York High School Athlete of the Month for May 2016. andy, a senior at Paul Robeson High School who will attend East Carolina University in the fall, started the month off running 14.05 in the 100m hurdles at the Saint Anthony’s Invitational on May 6.  At the Glenn D. Loucks Games  May 12-14 she won both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles running 13.83 and 1:00.73; respectively.  On May 21 at the PSAL Brooklyn Borough Championships she won the 100m hurdles in 14.11 and placed second in the 200m running 25.36.  She wrapped up the month with wins in both hurdles at the PSAL City Championships on May 29.  In the finals she ran 13.45 and 59.14; both times are NY state #1 in 2016 and establish new USATF New York records in the 17-18 division.  In the preliminary rounds of the 100m hurdles she stopped the clock at 13.38 but the wind reading was +2.1 (just .1 over the allowable).  
 

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