Two meet records broken at USATF NE Indoor Championships


Two meet records dating back over thirty years were bettered at the USATF-New England Indoor Championships held at Harvard University's Gordon Track on Sunday. Over 600 open, scholastic, and collegiate athletes took advantage of the facility's banked 220 yard track and top field event areas.
Harvard's Myles Marshall ran a strong, mostly solo, race to win the 800 meters in 1:49.29, improving the standing 35 year old record of 1:49.4h.  The women's shot put found the second meet best by Emmaline Berg (Highland Park, N.J. / Shore AC). The former Mass. all-scholastic extended the 34 year old shot best to 54'2, removing the 52'11" mark of Sandy Burke of Taunton TC. The oldest individual meet record is now the men's shot put (63’9.5”) from in 1983.
The feature MunkPack 3000 meter races were captured by Calli Thackery of U.New Mexico in 9:09.77 and Caleb Hoover from asics Furman Elite (South Carolinia) in 7:52.07.  In the men's race Hoover led a 1-2-3 sweep by his Furman Elite teammates as Tabor Stevens and Tomas Cotter trailed him running 7:54.62 and 7:56.17, respectively.  Thomas Curtin (Quincy, Mass. / Saucony) finished fifth running 7:59.26.   In the women's race Thackery was followed across the line by Sasha Gollish (Canada) in 9:11.09 and locals Katrina Coogan (Newburyport, Mass. / New Balance) and Emma Bates (Brighton, Mass. / BAA) in 9:16.14 and 9:18.34, respectively.
NE Distance's Steve Mangan (Woonsocket, RI) flirted with a barrier breaking time, clocking 4:00.97 to win the the 1 mile.  Kendall Spencer (Foster City, Calf.) was the first long jumper to span 25' in over 2 decades as he won the event with a jump of (25'00.50"), narrowly missing that meet mark.