Stevens, St Jean, Brown, Harris selected as June Athletes of the Month

7/7/2017
 

Open         Masters         Youth        High School

 
OPEN - Deajah Stevens
Deajah Stevens, 22, of Sleepy Hollow, NY has been selected as the USATF New York Open Athlete of the Month for June 2017. Stevens attends and competes for the University of Oregon.

Stevens, 
a 2013 graduate of Benjamin Cardozo High School who competed for the Hall's Express Track Club, won the 200m and finished second in the 100m at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calf. June 22-25. In the 200m, running from lane 9, she ran to victory stopping the clock at 22.30 to defeat Kimberlyn Duncan (22.59) and Tori Bowie (22.60).  In the 100m finals she ran 11.08 to only trail Bowie who ran 10.94.  In the 1st round she ran 11.01, just .01 seconds off her career best. Stevens will represent the U.S. at the IAAF World Championships (August 4-13) in London in the 100m, 200m and mostly likely the 4x100m relay.

Two weeks earlier, at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., Stevens finished second in the 100m running 11.04 and then in the final race of the meet ran the second leg on Oregon's winning 4x400m relay.  The relay win clinched the team title for the Ducks as they defeated Georgia 64 pts. to 62.2 pts.
 
 
MASTERS - Jennifer St. Jean
Jennifer St. Jean, 42, of Darien, CT has been selected as the USATF New York Masters Athlete of the Month for June 2017.  St Jean competes for the Central Park Track Club - New Balance. 

St. Jean started the month off on June 3 running 4:44.91 for 1500m at the Battle Road Twilight meet in Waltham, Mass.

The following week at the USATF National Club Championships in New York she ran 2:20.48 for 800m and 4:41.24 for 1500m and then spilt 2:22.82 on the 1st leg of the winning 4x800m relay.  She scored a total of 8.5 points towards the Central Park TC's total of 184 points.  Her time in the 1500m scored 89.28% on the masters age-grading tables (scores of 80-90% are considered national class while scores of over 90% world class).

To close the month out St. Jean competed at the USATF New York Association Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 17.  She won the W40-44 division in the 400m and 800m running 1:04.23 and 2:20.53, respectively.
 

YOUTH - Brianna Brown
Brianna Brown, 14, of Bronx, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York Youth Athlete of the Month for June 2017.  Brown competes for Team Dynasty.

On June 18, Brown won the 200m and 400m at the New York Junior Olympic Championships, setting association 13-14 division records in both events.  In the 200m she blasted a 25.23 to break the previous mark of 25.45 set in 2014 by Imatha Wright.  Then in the 400m she ran 55.91 to cut almost a full second off the 56.89 by Jasmine Douglas Grant in 2013.  Brown also picked up a second place finish in the 100m running 12.49.
 
A week later at the Northeast Invitational at Icahn Stadium she just missed her 200m record  by .03 seconds as she stopped the clock at 25.26.  She also won the 400m in 57.96 and finished second in the 100m running 12.57.
 
HIGH SCHOOL - Alexandra Harris 
Alexandra Harris, 17, of Stony Point, NY has been selected as the USATF New York High School Athlete of the Month for June 2017.

Harris, a recent graduate of North Rockland High School, started the month off winning the 2000m steeplechase at the New York section 1 state qualifier running 6:38.47.  The time makes her the #9 prep performer all-time.  She ran 6:45.28 to win the New York state title the following weekend.  One week later she won the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. running 6:45.32.  At the end of the month she finished second in the 3000m steeplechase at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calf.  Her time of 10:25.80 makes her the fourth fastest prep all-time in the event.  Harris has committed to attend and compete for Villonova University in the fall.

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