Stevens, Daley, Graham, Brown Named July Athletes of the Month

8/10/2016
 
OPEN
Deajah Stevens, 21, of Sleepy Hollow. has been selected as the USATF New York Open Athlete of the Month for July 2016. Stevens is a 2013 graduate of Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, N.Y and a rising junior at the University of Oregon.
 
On July 10, she finished second in the 200m at the the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.  Her time was 22.30.  Based on her top three finish and meeting the Olympic entry standard she was named to Team USA the  Olympic Games in Rio.  She will compete in the 1st round of the 200m on Monday (August 15) morning at 9:35am ET.  At the U.S. Trials last month she also finished ninth in the 100m based on her 11.04 in the semi-finals. 
 
 

MASTERS
Lisa Daley, 46, of White Plains, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York Masters Athlete of the Month for July 2016.  Daley competes for the Central Park TC - New Balance.
 
At the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich. Daley won the 400m hurdles running 1:08.24.  The time was the second fastest ever by an American in the women’s 45-49 division trailing only the U.S. record that she established in late June at the National Club Championships in Philadelphia.  It was her eighth outdoor national title but first since 2010 as she was dealing with a series of injuries and attended nursing school the past six year.  In Michigan, she also finished second in the 200m running 26.56.  Both of her performances scored over 90% on the age graded performance tables (scores of over 90% are considered world class).
 
 
YOUTH
Alissa Graham, 10, of Brooklyn, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York Youth Athlete of the Month for July 2016.  She competes for Club 44 in the girls 9-10 division
 
Graham’s had a busy month of July as she competed at the Hershey Youth Championships in Pennsylvania, the Region 1 Junior Olympic 
championships in Albany, and then the National Junior Olympic championships in Sacramento, California.
 
At the Hershey championships she won the 800m and 1500m titles and also placed second in the 400m.  IN the 1500m she ran 5:06.67 to establish a new association record.  The previous record was 5:10.52 set by fellow Club 44 teammate Emily St. Louis in 2014.  Her margin of victory was 8.3 seconds over Ameenah Rodriguez of New Jersey.  In the 800m she ran 2:28.89 to again defeat Rodriguez.  In the 400m she ran 1:06.46.
 
At the Region 1 Junior Olympic championships she again won the 800m and 1500m.  In the 1500m she ran 5:06.92 to just miss the association record she set the week before.  Her 800m winning time was 2:29.17.  She also finished third in the 400m running 1:06.11.
 
At the nationals in California Graham set two association records as she won silver in both the 800m and 1500m. In the 800m she ran 2:25.07; just .17 seconds off the winning time by London Harden of Texas.  The time broke her own association record of 2:26.92 set in the semi-finals.  In the 1500m  she battled  eventual race winner Arielle Mckenzie of California until 150m to go where McKenzie made a move that Graham was unable to cover.  Graham ran 5:03.44 to finish 1.60 seconds behind McKenzie.  Again she was able to break one of her own association record  (5:06.67 from the Hershey championships earlier in the month).  
 
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Tai Brown, 16, of Brooklyn, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York High School Athlete of the Month for July 2016.   Brown competes for Ruff Kutz.
 
Like Graham, Brown competed the Hershey Youth Championships in Pennsylvania, the Region 1 Junior Olympic championships in Albany, and then the National Junior Olympic championships in Sacramento, California.
 
At the Hershey championships he won the 110m hurdles, in a new association record, and the high jump.  In the hurdles he ran 14.60 to break the the record previously held by fellow Ruff Kutz’er Sidney Gibbons by .14 seconds in 2012.  In the high jump he cleared 1.83m (6-0) for the win.  He also finished fifth in the long jump and 10th in the 200m.
 
At the Region 1 championships Brown sustained an injury while competing in the high jump.  Despite the injury he was able to win the 110m hurdles, finish second in the 400m hurdles, and place fifth in the 200m.  All qualifying performances for the national championships.
 
In Sacramento he ran a career best of 14.56 in the 1st round of the 110m hurdles.  The time was the fastest 1st round time turned in by the 49 competitors.  His previous career best was 14.80 set in April at the Howard Richter Invitational.  The time ranks him as the #9 New York high school performer in 2016.  He would go on to finish third in the finals running 14.87.  He finished 26th the 400m hurdles running 56.26.