Welcome to the Meet:
Meet Director Thayer Redman welcomes invited teams to the 36th Randy Smith Journal Inquirer Greater Manchester Track and Field Invitational, starting at 9:00am on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The meet is open to invited coaches and their high school age athletes competing for their invited high school team.
A new event has been added to the Randy Smith-Journal Inquirer Track Meet, and it is one of the most exciting in track and field — the Steeplechase.
Meet director Thayer Redman announced that two special exhibition races — the Boys and Girls 2000m steeplechase — will be held for the first time when the 36th annual event takes place on Saturday, May 20, at the newly refurbished Manchester High Track. As an exhibition event, each school will be able to enter runners but will not will not count toward the team point standings. Trophies will be awarded to the winner of each race and the top 8 finishers will earn medals.
The event is sponsored by the Manchester Road Race and will be named after Manchester legend Joe McCluskey, a former Olympian who was a multi-time winner of the Manchester Road Race.
To mark this special occasion, each race will have a special grand marshal to run with the high school athletes.
For the girl's steeplechase, Ashley Higginson, a two-time runner-up in the USA Outdoor Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, will be on hand. In addition to her runner-up finish in 2013 and 2014, she was the 2008 Junior runner-up in the 5,000 meters. Higginson graduated from Princeton in 2011 and also competed for team USA in the 2013 World Championships.
The boy's steeplechase will feature Olympian Donn Cabral who competed in the JI track meet when he was a member of the Glastonbury High track team and still holds the meet record for the 3,200 meters. He was an 8-time All-America while running at Princeton and set the American collegiate record in the steeplechase. He won the NCAA steeplechase championship in 2012 and has competed in the last two Summer Olympic Games. Donn finished eighth in the steeplechase at the recent 2016 Olympics.
Coaches should note that there are four parts to the registration for the meet listed in the Registration section.
Coaches need to submit:
1. Intent to Enter,
2. Signup as Officials,
3. Submit a Team Profile ,
4. Make Head Count Event entries
Coaches and captains are also asked to attend Media Night at 6pm, Monday May 15, 2017.
Start your meet registration today by completing the required online Intent to Enter form so that you are notified of any meet news. Please see the meet website for all meet information, instructions and important registration dates.