Charnigo, LeBourne, Gavenas, Lundy Earn Athlete of the Month Honors For January

Stephanie Charnigo, 26, of Flanders, NJ has been selected as the USATF New York Open Athlete of the Month for January 2015.  Charnigo a member of the New Jersey New York Track Club opened her indoor season on January 24 by winning the 1 mile at the New Balance Games (New York) in a time of 4:31.78.  At the time it was the 2nd fastest time in the country.  It currently is #4 on the 2015 U.S. indoor list.  The the following weekend Charnigo ran 2:02.66 to finish 4th in the 800m at the Armory Invitational (New York).  The time is also #4 on the 2015 list.

Anselm Leborne, 55, of Maplewood, NJ has been selected as the USATF New York Masters Athlete of the Month for January 2015.  Over the span of just 20 days LeBourne convincingly set three masters world records.  On January 11 at the USATF New Jersey Indoor Championships he ran 4:19.80 for 1500m to break the previous record of 4:21.94.  The previous U.S. record was 4:24.99 by William Krohn in 2013.  Five days later, on January 16, LeBourne competing in the Gotham Cup collegiate meet in New York smashed the 1 mile world record running 4:37.05 to break the existing world and U.S. record of 4:42.89 held by Nolan Shaheed by over 5 seconds.  On January 31, LeBourne initiated the 800m world record by over 5 secods at the John Thomas Terrier Classic in Boston. His time of 2:01.60 broke the previous record of 2:06.87 set in 2014 by Joaquin Joyas (Spain).  The previous U.S. record was 2:07.05 by Horace Grant in 2010.
Tamrat Gavenas, 7, of New York has been selected as the USATF New York Youth Athlete of the Month for January 2015. Gavenas a member of the Prospect Park Youth Running Club set three Association 8 & under records in January.  Competing in the YMCA Youth Series meets in Brooklyn Gavenas set records in the 800m (2:48.34), 1500m (5:25.83), and 1 mile (5:52.36).

High School
Conor Lundy, 16, of Yonkers has been selected as the USATF New York High School Athlete of the Month for January 2015.  Lundy, a junior at Fordham Preparatory School, had a busy month running fast times from 800m through 3000m.  At the Yale Classic in New Haven, Conn. Lundy ran 8:26.55 which is the #1 time on the 2015 high school indoor list.  A week earlier he ran 4:12.09 (US#5) for the 1 mile at the Hispanic Games in New York.  On January 25 at the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Sectional he ran 1:55.12 (US#10) for 800m.  And to end the month he ran 2:28.43 (US#8) for 1000m at the Armory Classic in New York.