Kelly, Bayly, Burrell Sisters, and Salmon Named April Athletes of the Month

5/10/2016
 
 OPEN
Ashley Kelly, 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York Open Athlete of the Month for April 2016. Kelly, who competes for the Central Park TC - New Balance, competed in four meets in April; including stops in Gainesville, Florida, the Bahamas and Philadelphia.  She set 2 career bests and represented her home country, British Virgin Islands, in the USA vs. the World at the Penn Relays.  She started the month off at the Florida Relays, April 1-2, in Gainesville winning the 400m in 52.95 and placing second in the 200m running a career best time of 23.17. The time met the Olympic entry standard.  The 400m time was just .24 seconds off her career best and the first time she has dipped below 53.00 since 2012.  The 200m mark scored 1117 points on the IAAF scoring tables and the 400m time scored 1090 points.  Two weeks later at the Chris Brown Invitational in the Bahamas she finished fifth in the 400m running 53.30. A week later (April 22) she was back in Gainesville where she dropped down to the 100m and finished sixth in a career best time of 11.58. Her previous best was 11.61.  On the final weekend of the month she ran the first leg on the British Virgin Islands’ 4x100m relay in the USA vs. the World at the Penn Relays.  The team finished sixth in a time of 44.97.

 MASTERS
Fiona Bayly, 48, of New York, has been selected as the USATF New York Masters Athlete of the Month for April 2016. Bayly had a busy month as she competed in four races on four consecutive weekends.  He age graded scores ranged from 87.91% to 89.44%.  Scores in the 80s are considered national class and scores above 90% are considered world class.  She started the month off on April 2 at the Scotland Run 10K where she ran 38:06 to win the masters 45-49 division by 2 minutes.  The following week at the City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks she ran 23:47 for 4 miles and was the second overall women  (out of 3,427) and again won her age division.  On April 17 at the More/Shape Women’s Half Marathon she ran 1:22:54 finishing 7th overall (out of 7,045 finishers) and winning the 45-49 division for the third week in a row.  And to complete the month she ran 23:31 for 4 miles at the Run as One 4 Mile presented by JP Morgan Chase.  She was the 6th women to cross the line and again won her age division.  Her age graded score was 89.44%; her highest in April.
 
 YOUTH
Sisters Brianna and Olyvia Burrell of White Plains, N.Y. have been selected as the USATF New York co-Youth Athlete of the Month for April 2016. Both girls run for the Velocity Track Club.  At the Youth Challenge Series - New York Relays on April 15 both broke the association record in the long jump in their respective age divisions.  Brianna, 7, jumped 3.37m (11' 0¾") to break the 8&u record.  Olivia, 9, leaped 4.07m (13' 4¼”) to put her name in the record books in the 9-10 division .  Both also competed in the 200m and 400m. Brianna placed third in the 200m running 35.88 and seventh in the 400m in 1:31.23.  Olyvia was sixth in the 200m running 31.64 and 12th in the 400m in 1:15.76.



 HIGH SCHOOL
Paula Salmon, 16, of Brooklyn, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York High School Athlete of the Month for April 2016. Salmon, a Junior at Clara Barton High School, won both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles at the Red Raider Relays April 15-16.  Her time in the 100m hurdles was 13.98 which ranks as the fastest time under all conditions in New York for high school athletes.  In the 400m hurdles she stopped the clock at 1:02.82; the #2 in New York.  Earlier in the month, on Aprl 2, she won the 200m and 400m hurdles at the Valley Stream Challenge running 25.94 and 1:06.34, respectively.  On April 8-9 she competed at the NYC Mayor’s Cup where she won the 400m hurdles in 1:03.76 and placed third in the high jump with a leap of 4’10”.  On April 10, at the Knight Time Invitational she won the 100m hurdles in 14.18 and finished third in the 200m.   On April 23 at the Howards Richter Invitational she won the 100m in 12.25 and finished seventh in the 200m in 25.77.  Five days later she finished 11th in the 400m hurdles at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia running 1:03.30.  And finally on April 30 she won the 200m at the Bob Zifchak Classic running 25.66.