The origin of this phrase stems from the fact that in the Wild, the slowest Animal is the TARGET of the FASTEST Animal!  The Cheetah knows that it is FAST enough to chase down its prey, so being slow in the Wild is a Death Warrant!

            In the World of Sports, the SPEED of a Wide Receiver in Football will S-T-R-E-T-C-H a Defense, leaving many areas for the Offense to ATTACK, to say nothing of the likelihood of an increased number of Touchdowns scored.  In Track & Field, SPEED means that the FASTER Athlete WINS the Race on the Track, but it also means that the Faster Athlete on the Long Jump Runway is likely to Jump further, just as the Athlete that Spins Faster in the Discus Circle Throws the Discus further.

            At the Patriot’s Invitational, the 1st Leg of the Liberty Tour Track & Field Series, SPEED was a KEY component of the many RECORDS set!  Dominating the Girl’s (11-12) 100m & 200m was Imani Pierce (Schenectady Superstars) who set a New Patriot’s Invitational Record, as well as a New Liberty Tour Record in the 100m with a time of 13.47, SMASHING the previous Record of 13.82 and 13.56, respectively, held by Nastaja Johnston since 2009!

            Keygan Newman (Majistics) had something to say about the Boy’s (13-14) 100m, 200m, and 400m Sprints, as he managed to set a New Patriot’s Invitational Record in each Event!  His time of 58.47 eclipses the previous Record of 60.41 held by Samuel Sterantino since 2018.

            In the Open Men’s Division, Jamai Woodbury (Boston North Track Club) overtook the 100m Record for the Patriot’s Invitational, set by Steven Benedict at 11.14, back in 2007, by posting a time of 11.10.  Every Hundredth of a Second Counts! 😊

            Jumping his way into the Record Books was Ryan Antalek (Glencadia Bullets) setting a New Patriot’s Invitational Record in the Boy’s (13-14) High Jump by clearing 1.74m, just 1 centimeter higher than the previous Record of 1.73m set in 2008 by both Colt Duppen and Eric Bode!

Old Man Jacob Goodrich (Chatham Gold) set a New Patriot’s Invitational Record in the Boy’s (9-10) 800m with a Run of 2:46.19, leaving Hunter Doolittle’s time of 2:53.04, back in 2018, in the dust!

            Conversely, a Young Lady by the name of Claudia Torre set a New Masters Women’s Record (65-69) in the 100m with a time of 17.46, CRUSHING the previous Liberty Tour Record of 21.45 set by Kathleen Balthazar Heitzmann in 2008!  Age is Just a Number!

            No stranger to Records, Jae-cion Boyd (Country Mills Eagles), once again, leaps in to the Record Books in the Boy’s (9-10) Long Jump with a mark of 4.38m, just passing by his Teammate, Taydence Morrison, who held the previous Record at 4.35m since 2019.

            In an attempt to keep pushing the boundaries of Age Defying Performances, Anthony Mills Jr. fell just .19m short of his PR (51.94m) in the Javelin back when he was just 18 years of age, setting a New Liberty Tour Record in the Men’s (35-39) Javelin with a toss of 51.75m, knocking down the previous Record of 50.30m by Dejan Maksimovic set back in 2011.

            For ALL of the Record Performances just click on “Results” from the Liberty Tour Home Page.

           Next up on the Liberty Tour is the Constitution Classic at Watervliet High School on Sunday, June 4th @ 2:00 pm!

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