Carter, Chaston, Flemming, Crawford Named March Athletes of the Month

Michelle Carter, 30, of Ovilla, Texas has been selected as the USATF New York Open Athlete of the Month for March 2016. Carter, who competes for the New York Athletic Club, started the month off by winning the shot put at the USATF Indoor Championships on March 11 in Portland, Oregon.  Her winning throw was 19.49m (63-11.50).  The win earned Carter a birth on Team USA for the IAAF World Championships held one week later also in Portland.  At the world championships Carter won the gold medal in a new American record of 20.21m (66-03.75).  The previous record was 19.89m
(65-3.50”) held by NYAC teammate Jillian Camarena-Williams.

Matt Chaston, 48, of New York, has been selected as the USATF New York Masters Athlete of the Month for March 2016. 
At the USATF Masters Indoor Championships held March 4-6 in Albuquerque, N.M. Chaston crossed the line in first place in the M45 3000m and second in the 1500m.  Since Chaston is a citizen of the United Kingdom  he was competing as a guest competitor in the USA championship event.   Despite the thin air (Albuquerque's elevation is at 5000') Chaston ran very respectable times of 9:42.64 in the 3000m and 4:28:47 in the 1500m.  His 3000m time scored 84.97% on the age grading tables and his 1500m score was 86.25% (scores between 80-90% are considered to be national class with scores over 90% considered world class).
Tahje Flemming, 14, of Brooklyn, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York Youth Athlete of the Month for March 2016. Flemming (Prospect Park Youth Runnin) won the 200m and 400m at the USATF Hershey Youth Indoor Championships held March 11-13 in New York.  In both events he established new meet records.  In the 200m he ran 23.36 to defeat Nana Agyemang of New Jersey who ran 23.95.  The previous meet record was 24.10.  In the 400m Flemming stopped the clock at 52.24 to win a close battle over Jordyn Turner by .12 seconds.  The previous meet record was 53.60.  

Amanda Crawford, 16, of Brooklyn, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York High School Athlete of the Month for March 2016. Crawford, a senior at Paul Robeson High School, started the month off with a victory in the 300m at the New York State Championships on March 5.  Her time of 38.31 was US#2 in 2016. The following week at the New Balance Indoor Nationals Crawford ran 54.46 in the 400m to place sixth.  She completed the month on March 28 when she finished second at the Carifta Games in Grenada running a career best time of 54.16.