Simmons and Clayton earn All-American honors at nationals
HOLYOKE, MA – Competing in 15 total events, along with two heptathlon competitors, the Herkimer Generals track & field program build on their impressive regional performance, capturing 11th place each at the two-day outdoor national championship at Holyoke Community College.
Norman Clayton (Bronx, NY) and Christopher Simmons (Utica, NY) led the way with second place finishes in the 3000-meter steeplechase and triple jump, earning second team All-American honors for finishing second in their respective event. Clayton posted a 10:46.80 and Simmons leaped 14.00 meters. Both were personal best for each student-athlete.
Capturing three more top 10 finishes for the men were Simmons, Matt Manda (Scotia, NY), Demetrius Moore (Cleveland, OH) and Adrian Young (Newburgh, NY). Simmons earned eighth in the long jump (6.40m), Manda earned eighth in the 800-meter run (2:02.14) and the group of Simmons, Moore, Young and Manda placed fifth in the 4x400-meter Relay (3:26.34).
As for the women, they too had five Top 10 finishes. LuAisha Charles (Middletown, NY) placed 10th in the hammer throw (20.78m), Katicia Sakona (Corning, NY) placed sixth in the triple jump (9.78m), Lindsay Therrien (Johnstown, NY) placed 10th in the triple jump (8.47m), Gabrielle Bridgewater (Fort Plain, NY) placed fifth in the shot put (9.93m) and the group of Charles, Therrien, Shannon Shirley (Bronx, NY) and Bridgewater placed sixth in the 4x800-meter relay (12:40.17).
Bridgewater and Therrien also helped by placing fourth and ninth overall in the heptathlon. Bridgewater was fourth overall, placing ninth in the 100-meter hurdles (19.81), fifth in the high jump (1.29m), first in the shot put (9.45m), fifth in the long jump (4.06m), second in the javelin (24.87m), seventh in the 200-meter (29.98) and second in the 800-meter (2:45.18). Therrien was ninth overall, placing eighth in the 100-meter hurdles (18.61), sixth in the high jump (1.26m), second in the shot put (8.76m), 10th in the 200-meter (32.29), ninth in the long jump (3.77m), fourth in the javelin (19.48m) and 10th in the 800-meter (3:21.60).
Men 11th Overall (22 Points)
Hammer Throw (11th 21.02m) Cohen
Javelin Throw (16th 20.20m) Riddeau
Long Jump (8th 6.40m) Simmons
Triple Jump (2nd 14.00m) Simmons
3000-meter Steeplechase (2nd 10:46.80, 14th 13:10.64) Clayton, Parker
5000-meter Run (11th 17:57.41) Clayton
800-meter Run (8th 2:02.14) Manda
4x400-meter Relay (5th 3:26.34) Moore, Young, Manda, Simmons
Women 11th Overall (15 Points)
Hammer Throw (10th 20.78m) L. Charles
High Jump (12th 1.26m) L. Charles
Long Jump (12th 4.22m) Sakona
Triple Jump (6th 9.78m, 10th 8.47m) Sakona, Therrien
Shot Put (5th 9.93m, 16th 8.36m) Bridgewater, Murray
Discus Throw (13th 21.59m) Murray
4x800-meter Relay (6th 12:40.17) L. Charles, Therrien, Shirley, Bridgewater
4th Overall - Gabrielle Bridgewater – 2911 Points
100-meter Hurdles (9th 19.81)
High Jump (5th 1.29m)
Shot Put (1st 9.45m)
Long Jump (5th 4.06m)
Javelin Throw (2nd 24.87m)
200-meter Dash (7th 29.98)
800-meter Run (2nd 2:45.18)
9th Overall – Lindsay Therrien – 2306 Points
100-meter Hurdles (8th 18.61)
High Jump (6th 1.26m)
Shot Put (2nd 8.76m)
200-meter Dash (10th 32.29)
Long Jump (9th 3.77m)
Javelin Throw (4th 19.48m)
800-meter Run (10th 3:21.60)