Eastern States: Super Ed Cheserek double; Braheme Days Jr. explodes to 70'8"

Edward Cheserek (2nd from left) anchored St. Benedict's NJ to a US#2 10:10.70 DMR at the Eastern States. John Nepolitan/ESPNHS

Coverage of the 2012 Eastern States Championships

Tues., Feb. 28, 2012 -- The Armory, New York, NY

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  • B-DMR/2 Mile: St Benedict’s (Newark, NJ) first three legs get the baton to Edward Cheserek just a few steps off the lead. Ches rips a 4:06.4 anchor, exploding into the lead with 500 to go and bringing his team to a US#2 10:10.70 win. He returns a few hours later for a meet-record 8:54.82, a time only he has beaten this year. He beats the old record of 9:01.1 by Alberto Salazar in 1976, going out in 4:29 and picking it up from there. New Jersey 1600 champ Ben Malone (Pascack Valley, NJ) keeps moving up and gets 2nd in 9:12.02.

  • B-SP: Braheme Days Jr (Bridgeton, NJ) cracks 70’ with a throw of 70’ 8” to improve his US #1 throw and jump to #7 all-time.

  • G-55H/200: First, in a battle of New York and New Jersey, NJ champ Stey’ce McNeil (Winslow, NJ) wins in US#1 7.89 over Akayla Anderson (Cardozo, NY) 7.98. Then McNeil wins the 200 in 24.65 (after running 24.61 in the prelims) over Tanaya Yarde (Mt Vernon, NY) 24.86.

  • B-4x800: Boys and Girls (NY) has a 12-meter lead at the final exchange, ahead of Cherokee (NJ) and Pope John XXIII (NJ). At the bell, the three teams are together and Pope John kicks best to win with US#2 meet record 7:47.00, followed by Cherokee US#3 7:47.84, Warwick Valley (NY) #5 7:50.68, and Boys and Girls #6 7:50.86. Splits for Pope John: 1:56.2 – 1:58.4 – 1:57.5 – 1:54.

  • B-4x200: West Orange (NJ) wins a close boys final in US#3 1:28.85 over Mt Vernon (NY) 1:29.06. Boys and Girls 3rd overall, winning the first of the 2 section final in 1:29.68.

  • G-4x200: The girls race comes down to a battle between the anchor legs of Mt Vernon (NY) and Hope (RI). Hope gets the win in US#4 1:40.76 to 1:40.91.

  • B-200: New Jersey 400 champ Darrell Bush (Woodbury, NJ) drops down and runs his first 1-lapper of the year and wins in US#4 21.53 over hurdles winner Jermaine Collier (Trenton Central, NJ) 22.00.

  • G-800: Jessica Gelibert (Bay Shore, NY) wins in US#5 2:11.15 and Erin Jaskot (Tappan, Zee, NY) closes hard to get 2nd in 2:14.66.

  • G-DMR: Red Bank Catholic (NJ) and Mt. St. Dominic’s (Jersey City, NJ) get the baton together and allow West Morris Mendham (Mendham, NJ) get back into the race. But RBC kicks to the US#6 11:55.32 win, pulling MSD to US#7 11:57.06 and WMM to #8 11:58.74.

  • G-HJ: Kyaira Wright-Harmon (Franklin, NJ), winner of the NJ Meet of Champs, and Noel Jancewicz (Robbinsville, NJ) both clear US#7 5’8” with Jancewicz getting the win.

  • G-TJ: Bryanna Grant (Cranford, NJ) wins with a jump of US#8 39’ 9” over Adefunke Sonaike (Montgomery, NJ) 39’ 7.75”

  • B-55H: New Jersey champion Jermaine Collier (Trenton Central), already US#2 at 7.19, wins a close final in 7.35.

  • B-LJ/55: Anthony Averett (Woodbury, NJ) leaps a US#11 23-7.25 and dashes 6.46 for the double.

  • B-400: Steven Gayle (Mt Vernon, NY) wins the final section in US#12 48.63, with Najai Omari (St Benedicts, NJ) getting 2nd from the unseeded section in 48.93.

  • G-SP: New Jersey Champion Theresa Picciallo (Immaculate Heart, NJ), already US#4 at 47'8", repeats as champion with a throw of 45’ 9”.

  • G-4x800: Lenape (NJ), already US#4 at 9:09.71, leads wire-to-wire to win in 9:11.37.

  • G-55H: Annie Johnson (Shawnee, NJ) wins the girls sprint title with a time of 7.07. US#2 Myasia Jacobs (Paramus Catholic, NJ) has the best time in the prelims, 7.01, then does not show for the final. Jacobs was 3rd Sunday night in the 60 at the Brooks PR meet across the country.

  • B-800: Issac Clark (Pleasantville, NJ) takes a close battle with Bryce Kelley (Chariho, RI) 1:54.34 to 1:54.65.

  • B-PV: Greg Gallagher (Iona Prep, NY) equals his indoor best of 15’ 6” for the win.

  • G-400: New Jersey champion Olivia Baker (Columbia, NJ) holds off Jennifer Edobi (Union, NJ) 56.32 to 56.70 for the win.

  • B-Mile: Foot Locker Finalist Tim Ball (Piscataway, NJ) leads wire-to-wire to win in 4:15.75 over Mike Turi (John Jay East Fishkill, NY) 4:19.67.

  • G-LJ: Keturah Orji (Mt Olive, NJ) jumps 19’ 3.5” to win the title.

  • B-4x400: Cherry Hill East (NJ) boys lead the entire way and in the last straight battles Cherokee (NJ). In the final steps, it looks like Cherokee has a step on Cherry Hill East and then drops the baton and Cherry Hill goes on for the 3:22.60 win. Cherokee does not finish as the baton rolls over the finish.



4:30 pm Boys' 55m hurdles trials

4:30 pm Boys' pole vault

4:40 pm Girls' 55m hurdles trials

4:50 pm Boys' 55m hurdles semis

5 pm Girls' 55m hurdles semis

5 pm Girls' shot put

5 pm Girls' triple jump

5 pm Boys' long jump

5:10 pm Boys' 55m dash trials

5:15 pm Girls' 55m dash trials

5:20 pm Boys' 55m dash semis

5:25 pm Girls' 55m dash semis


5:30 pm Boys' 200m trials

5:45 pm Girls' 200m trials

6 pm Boys' distance medley relay

6:15 pm Girls' distance medley relay

6:35 pm Boys' 55m hurdles final

6:30 pm Girls' 55m hurdles final

6:40 pm Boys' 55m dash final

6:45 pm Girls' 55m dash final

6:50 pm Opening Ceremonies

6:55 pm Boys' 4x200m trials

7 pm Boys' high jump

7 pm Girls' high jump

7 pm Girls' pole vault

7 pm Boys' shot put

7 pm Boys' triple jump

7 pm Girls' long jump

7:05 pm Girls' 4x200m trials

7:15 pm Boys' 4x800m

7:35 pm Girls' 4x800m

7:55 pm Boys' 4x200m final

8 pm Girls' 4x200m final

8:05 pm Boys' two-mile run

8:25 pm Girls' two-mile run

8:40 pm Boys' 200m dash final

8:45 pm Girls' 200m dash final

8:50 pm Boys' 800m run final

9 pm Girls' 800m run final

9:10 pm Boys' 400m dash final

9:20 pm Girls' 400m dash final

9:30 pm Boys' mile run

9:40 pm Girls' mile run

9:50 pm Boys' 4x400m relay

10 pm Girls' 4x400m relay