NYAC’s Carter Wins Trials Shot Put


Thursday (Day 7) at the Olympic Trials was a busy and Carter_Michelle-16OTsuccessful day for New York athletes at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.  

In the women’s shot put finals the NYAC trio of Michelle CarterJillian Camarena-Williams, and Jeneva Stevens finished 1st, 5th and 8th; respectively.  Carter will represent Team USA at the Olympic Games in Rio in August. She joins fellow NYAC teammates Gwen Berry (Discus), Natasha Hastings (400m), and Miranda Melville (20 km Race Walk) who have already secured their spots for the Rio team.

Competing in rainy and cold conditions that made the shot circle difficult to navigate, Carter’s winning throw of 19.59m/64-3.25 established a new meet record.  The win came in dramatic fashion as Carter was in third place going into the the final throw.  She trailed eventual runner-up Raven Saunders (Charleston, South Carolina) and eventual third place finisher Felisha Johnson (Indianapolis) but unleashed the winning throw as her father, 1984 silver medalist in the shot put, cheered on.  

“For me, of course the main goal is to make the team, but I really wanted to go out with a win, told reporters. “And I was able to pull that out with the last throw.”

This is Carter’s third Olympic team.  In 2008 she finished 15th at the Bejing Games and in 2012 she placed 6th in London. 

Also, in the Shot Put competition was Monique Riddick (Edison, N.J.) who placed 13th with a throw of 17.29m/56-8¾

In other finals on Thursday, Amanda Smock (NYAC / Minneapolis, MN) finished 10th in the Triple Jump with a mark of 13.12m / 43-0½.  Smock was attempting to make her second Olympic Team (she finished 11th at the 2012 London Games).

On Thursday, 1st round qualifying rounds in the 1500m for men and women and 5000m for women were also held.  In the women’s 1500m, Erin Donohue (Haddon Heights, NJ), Kerri Gallagher (Nike; Arlington, Va.), and Stephanie Schappert (Clinton, NJ) all advanced to the 2nd round which will be held on Friday at 5:23PM PT (8:23PM ET).  Colby Alexander (Lebanon, NJ; NJNYTC) and John Gregorek (Annandale, NJ; Asics/NJNYTC) advanced in the men’s 1500m and will compete in the 2nd round on Friday at 4:12PM PT (7:12PM ET).

Other athletes advancing on Thursday were Nicole Tully (Teaneck, NJ; Hoka One One/NYAC) in the 5000m and Brittany Borman (Fullerton, CA; Nike/NYAC) in the Javelin Throw.  Tully will compete in the 5000m finals on Sunday and Borman in the Javelin Throw finals on Saturday.

Athletes who competed on Thursday but did not advance were: Justin Gaymon (Brooklyn, NY; NYAC) in the 400m Hurdles; Heather Wilson (Clinton, NJ; NJNYTC) and Melissa Salerno (Huntington, NY) in the women’s 1500m; Ford Palmer (Marmora, NJ; HokaOneOne / NJNYTC) and Jack Bolas (Clinton, NJ / NJNYTC) in the men’s 1500m.

Scheduled to compete today are:






Mary Saxer

Pole Vault

Boston, MA

Nike / NYAC

Friday 3:00 PM

Jeffrey Porter

110m Hur - 1st rd.

Canton, MI


Friday 3:02 PM

Deajah Stevens

200m - 1st rd.

Sleepy Hollow, NY


Friday 3:30 PM

Colby Alexander

1500m - 2nd rd.

Lebanon, NJ


Friday 4:12 PM

John Gregorek

1500m - 2nd rd.

Annandale, NJ


Friday 4:12 PM

Stephanie Schappert

1500m - 2nd rd.

Clinton, NJ


Friday 5:03 PM

Erin Donohue

1500m - 2nd rd.

HaddonHeights, NJ


Friday 5:03 PM

Kerri Gallagher

1500m - 2nd rd.

Arlington, VA


Friday 5:03 PM

Travis Mahoney

3000m Steeplecha

Old Bridge, NJ


Friday 5:23 PM

Heather Miller-Koch


Saint Paul, MN

CPTC New Balance

Sat. 12:30 PM

Brittany Borman

Javelin Throw 

Fullerton, CA

Nike / NYAC

Sat. 4:00 PM

Nicole Tully


Teaneck, NJ

HokaOneOne / NYAC

Sun. 4:28 PM

# = Pacific Time

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