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News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 1


1. CHSAA holds qualifier for U.S. Open
2. USATF launches new athlete bios
3. Suhr, Uceny to compete at Indoor Grand Prix

CHSAA holds qualifier for U.S. Open
A total of 12 relay teams from the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) punched their ticket Thursday for the U.S. Open Track & Field after advancing through the association qualifier held at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y. Six high school relay teams in the boys 4x800m and six from the girls 4x400m will next compete at Madison Square Garden for the U.S. Open on January 28.

“The CHSAA is very excited about competing once again at the U.S. Open at Madison Square Garden,” CHSAA Commissioner Louis Vazquez said. “All of the schools, coaches and athletes understand the tradition and excitement that comes with competing on the biggest stage for sports in New York.”

Results from Thursday’s competition and the relay teams that will be competing in the U.S. Open are listed below:

Boys 4x800m qualifiers for U.S. Open
1. Saint Anthony's (South Huntington, NY), 8:08.50; 2. Monsignor Farrell (Staten Island, NY), 8:08.82; 3. St. John the Baptist (West Islip, NY), 8:11.18; 4. Kellenberg Memorial (Uniondale, NY), 8:13.64; 5. Xavier (New York, NY), 8:15.15; 6. Fordham Prep (Bronx, NY), 8:22.55

Girls 4x400m qualifiers for U.S. Open
1. St. John Villa Academy (Staten Island, NY), 4:02.84; 2. Saint Anthony's (South Huntington, NY), 4:08.44; 3. Notre Dame (South Huntington, NY), 4:09.76; 4. St. John the Baptist (West Islip, NY), 4:13.06; 5. Archbishop Molloy (Jamaica, NY), 4:19.66; 6. Mary Louis (Jamaica Estates, NY), 4:21.10

USATF athlete bios receive make over
USA Track & Field has launched a new format for its online elite athlete biographies. The bios not only have a new fresh look, but more content, too. Fans can follow the stats of their favorite athletes’ careers along with browse photos, videos and even connect via social media. The new navigation style makes it easier to browse through different athletes or sort athletes by event or state. Additional features and content will be added in the coming weeks. 

Suhr, Uceny to compete at Indoor Grand Prix
Indoor and outdoor American pole vault record holder Jenn Suhr along with 2011 Diamond League 1,500-meter champion Morgan Uceny will compete in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix February 4 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.

Along with owning a pair of American records, Suhr is a five-time USA Indoor champion and a five-time USA Outdoor champion. She also won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and a silver medal at the 2008 World Indoor Championships. Suhr will also be in competition January 28 at the U.S. Open Track & Field at Madison Square Garden.

Uceny, who will compete in the 1000m in Boston, won the 2011 USA Outdoor and the 2010 USA Indoor titles in the 1,500m. She won three races on the Diamond League in 2011 on her way to collecting the championship.

Both Suhr and Uceny finished the 2011 season ranked No. 1 in the world in their respective events according to Track & Field News.

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