Melville, Smellie, Medas-King, Nohilly Selected as June Athletes of the Month

Miranda Melville, 27, of San Diego, Calf. has been selected as the USATF New York Open Athlete of the Month for June 2016. On June 30 Melville, who competes for the New York Athletic Club, finished second in the 20 km race walk at the the U.S. Olympic Trials in Salem, Oregon.  Her time was 1:34:12.  Based on her top three finish and meeting the Olympic entry standard of 1:36:00 she has been named to Team USA for next month’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Sophia Smellie, 36, of Bronx, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York Masters Athlete of the Month for June 2016. On June 18, Smellie won the 400m at the USATF East Region Championships running 53.46.  This time scores 93.95% on the age graded performance tables (over 90% is considered world class). A week later at the USATF National Club Championships in Philadelphia she finished fourth running 53.81.   

Kcaysha Medas-King, 10, of Jamaica, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York Youth Athlete of the Month for June 2016. Medas-King’s month included winning the girls 9-10 100m, 200m, and 400m at three different meets; including the USATF Hershey Youth Outdoor Championships in Millersville, Penn. On June 18 she won the sprint triple at the New York Association Junior Olympic Championships running 14.18 (100m), 28.52 (200m), and 1:04.35 (400m).  A week later at the Northeast Invitational held at Icahn Stadium her winning times were 13.99 (100m), 28.87 (200m), and 1:04.65 (400m).  At the USATF Youth championships in Pennsylvania her winning times were 14.17 (100m), 28.48 (200m), and 1:04.45.

Eion Nohilly, 18, of Goldens Bridge, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York High School Athlete of the Month for June 2016. Nohilly, a recent graduate of John Jay High School who will attend Georgetown University in the fall, had a great month winning a unique double at the  New York state championships, winning a national high school title in North Carolina, and placing fourth in the USATF junior championships in California. On June 2-3 he won the 800m and 3000m steeplechase at the NYSPHSAA Section 1 state qualifying meet running 1:55.23 and 9:10.30. Both were career best times for Nohilly.  A week later at the NYSPHSAA finals he won both events again again running career best times of 1:52.77 in the 800m and 9:06.36 in the steeplechase.  In the steeplechase he used a late drive to overtake Noah Affolder in the final 30m of the race that earned him the FloTrack Kick of the Week (video).  His time in the steeplechase ranks him as the #13 U.S. high school time all-time and #6 performer in New York state history (behind Jim Shields, John Gregorek, Jack Jibb, Eddie Owens, and Noel Bateman).  At the USATF Junior (20u) Championships in Clovis, California he finished fourth in the 3000m steeplechase running 9:10.21.

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