Stevens, Brady, Morone, Reiser selected as January Athletes of the Month

2/9/2017
 
OPEN - Deajah Stevens
Deajah Stevens, 21, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York Open Athlete of the Month for January 2017.  Stevens, a junior at the University of Oregon, made her indoor debut on January 14 at the Seattle Preview meet.  It was t the first time for her to take the gun since her seventh place 200m finish at the Rio Olympics in August.  In Seattle she ran 7.31 over 60m to place fourth.  Two weeks later, the 2014 Benjamin Cardozo High School grad, returned home to compete in the Columbia East-West Challenge at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory. In the 200m she won running 22.65 (2017 World #1). The time translates to 1211 points on the IAAF scoring tables which ties her all-time high score (with her 22.25 in the outdoor 200m). In the 60m she finished second to Oregon teammate Hannah Cunliffe in a new career best time of 7.23 (2017 U.S. #9; 2017 NCAA #5). 
 
MASTERS - Peter Brady
Peter Brady, 45, of Jersey City, N.J. has been selected as the USATF New York Masters Athlete of the Month for January 2017.  Brady competes for the Central Park Track Club. He started the month off on January 12 running 2:36.20 over 1000m.  His age-graded score was 92.64% (scores of over 90% are considered world class performances). On January 21, Brady won the highly competitive Hartshorne Masters Mile in Ithaca running 4:30.09.  His age-graded score was 90.58%.  According to masters rankings.com it is the #1 time in the world in the 45-49 division. He ended the month with another world class performance as he won the prestigious New Balance Grand Prix masters 1 mile running 4:31.02 (90.25% age-graded score).
 


YOUTH - Joseph Morone
Joseph Morone, 13, of New York has been selected as the USATF New York Youth Athlete of the Month for January 2017.  Morone is a member of the Chelsea Greyhounds. During the month the versatile athlete competed in events that ranged from the 55m hurdles to the shot put and found success on the track and in the field.  At the Freedom Games on January 8 he put on his best “Ashton Eaton” as he won the 55m hurdles in 9.01, won the shot put with a throw of 12.62m (41-5) and finished second in the 200m running 24.83.  The shot put mark broke his own  New York association 13-14 division record by nearly 2 feet. The previous mark was 12.04m (39-6) set in 2016.   At the Ocean Breeze Invitational on January 22 he won the shot put (12.60m) and 300m (38.09) and second in the 55m hurdles in 8.58.
 


HIGH SCHOOL - Thomas Reiser 
Thomas Reiser, 17, of Otisville, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York High School Athlete of the Month for January 2017.   Reiser, a senior at Minisink Valley High School, won all three weight throw competitions he competed in during the month and added a third place in the shot put.  He got started on January 7 winning the weight throw at the Ocean Breeze Freedom Games with a heave of 69-8 3/4.  Four days later he won the Millrose Games Trails with a career best of 71-2 3/4.  The throw established a new New York association 17-18 division record and is currently U.S high school #6 in 2017.  To close the month out he won the weight throw (60-1.25) and finished third in the shot put (42-4) at the OCIAA Championships on January 27.
 


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