Giants Compete at Deerfield Open and Come Away with Numerous Personal Best PerformancesThursday, June 30 2022 - Deerfield Open
After a tremendous team performance at the CSl Invite, many of the Giants then competed in their final meet at Deerfield’s Open Meet. This gave an opportunity for many of the team members to get a final personal best and compete one last time this season.
In the shot put, Ezekiel Hightower and Jon Bacci both got their best marks of the season. Hightower threw 32’3.75” and Bacci went 20’8.75”. The discus had Tanner Grant throwing his best of the season with a 28’4.25”.
Tyler Rosenthal led the way in both the long jump and the triple jump. He got a personal best 17’5” in the LJ and close to his best in the TJ with a 33’7.25” mark.
Geoff Buck got his best height in the pole vault as he cleared 7’6.25”.
On the track, HP had a ton of personal best performances.
Marco Schulze ran his first track & field 3200 and finished in an impressive 14:13.75 for the 8 lap race.
The 100 meter dash had nearly each HP competitor getting a PR and the few that did not were close.
Sam Kee led the way as he has worked his way into one of the top sprinters on the team. He ran 12.24 to improve on his previous best of 12.36. Rosenthal had another PR going 12.50 to better his 12.78 best. Eddy Picazo and Oliver Baterdene raced their first 100s of the season and ran 12.54 and 12.61 showing they both have good speed that will be called upon moving forward. Zach Liss ran a best 12.82 after returning from injury. Josh Longo got under 13 for the first time running 12.87. Dylan Daniels just missed sub 13 as he ran 13.09. Eli Perkins got sub 14 for the first time with a 13.22. Adam Cohn went from 13.74 to 13.42. Ethan Seligman ran his best time of 13.43. Julian Chroman got sub 15 for the first time with a 14.15.
In the 400 meter dash, RJ Guhl led the way in :55.41 which is his best time in the open 400. Ben Kerch had a huge breakthrough improving from 1:04.1 to :59.27!
The 1600 meter run produced a bunch of personal best performances for the Giants. Yonatan Garfinkel led the way with a 5:10.31 for a 7 second improvement. Connor Edelstein raced his first 1600 of the season with an impressive 5:11.23. Ted Zinox had a nearly 10 second PR to run 5:12.26. Brian Hatoum ran a PR of 5:13.12. Andrew Kern ran his best time ever with a 5:17.11. Charlie Ludington ran a best time of 5:41.39. Austin Colegio ran his 2nd 1600 ever and PRed by nearly 30 seconds to run 5:46.04.
The 200 was another event with many HP personal best performances. Kee once again led the way with a :25.03. Picazo was next, running a best time of :25.35. Rosenthal had his 3rd PR of the day with a :25.51. Quentin Kelley ran sub 27 for the first time, running :26.26. Longo got another PR in his final race of his career going :26.38. Daniels went from :28.18 to :27.00. Perkins broke 29 for the first time with a :27.66. Seligman ran a PR of :28.40. Chroman ran under 31 for the first time to finish in :30.13.
The meet ended with another strong 4X400 performance for the Giants. Edelstein led off with a 1:01.6. Garfinkel broke 60 for the first time in :59.5. Hatoum raced to 1:02.0. Sean Lopez anchored in with a 1:00.6.
The team had so many great performances at this meet especially by some of the younger athletes on the team that will return next year to help contribute to the success of the team. They will need to work hard over the next year by staying fit and hopefully competing in other sports before the season begins in mid-January.
The nominations for Giant of the Meet included:
Yonatan Garfinkel - 1600 PR 5:10.31, Sub 60 in 4X400 :59.5
Jon Bacci- super supportive teammate and big PR of 20’8.75” in SP
Dylan Daniels - two huge PRs in the 100 (13.09) and 200 (27.00)
Tyler Rosenthal - 4 events that included 3 PRs and one near PR - LJ (17’5”), 100 (12.50), 200 (:25.51), and TJ (33’7.25”)
Giant of the Meet: