Andre Reid, a former New England Champion and record holder at the University of Rhode Island, showed he still had a few throws left in him by setting meet records in the shot put and discus at the opening night of Thursday Nights Under the Lights Track & Field Series last week. The first installment of the track & field series took place at the Manchester High School track on July 9th under humid, but seasonable temperatures.
Reid warmed up for the evening with a meet record toss in the discus of 162 feet, 11 inches, using Olympic weights for both the discus and the shot put. The Manchester resident, and South Windsor native, outdistanced the competition by about 45 feet. Reid then moved on to the shot put circle, and tossed three times beyond the 55-foot mark, with his best measuring a whopping 58-5.5″ to win the event.
One other notable track & field star was out tonight, but did not compete, in Michael Hartfield of Manchester. Hartfield decided to forego the competition on Thursday for some event called the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Beijing in August. We wish him all the best!
Another meet record that went down on Thursday was the women’s 5k, which was won by Bridgid Selfors of Old Saybrook in a speedy 19:00. The track competition was highlighted by Spencer Johnson’s 5k of 15:47 and Austin McIntosh’s 22.85 in the 200 meter dash.
The final event of the night was a very competitive high jump in which Jake Almquist narrowly missed 6-6, but still came away with the win with a jump of 6-4 while Raman Mama cleared 6-0.
On the youth side there were several strong performances in every event with smiles all around and full fields for each distance, throw, and jump!