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REESED LIGHTNING GAVIN and KEEF 2COs: 200 Jumpin’ John: 200 Lia and Tilty: 1000 Reese:200
Reese “Reesed Lightning” Bienstock entered the Long Jump competition at the Ocean Breeze Freedom Games with a lifetime best of 16′ 2.75″, and left the building with a new PR of 19′ 7.75″, a stunning three feet, five inches farther than his previous Personal Record! This prodigious improvement evoked memories of Bob Beamon’s epic jump at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Beamon’s mindboggling leap of 29′ 2.5″ broke the world record by 21 inches, improved his PR by 23 inches, and earned the Gold Medal. As for Reese, he established a new MNTC record, besting the old mark by nearly 28 inches, and copped the Silver Medal in the 17-18 age group. Congratulations, Reese! Next up – twenty feet! Later in the meet, Reese joined Gavin Brady, Jin “JDub” Watanabe, and Kiefer “Keef” Sherlock on the Sprint Medley Relay and the quartet sped to a new MNTC record in the event, stopping the clock at 4:12.10 and taking the Silver Medal. The MNTC Girls also delivered two records on the day. Lia “L-Ro” Robertson lowered her own mark in the 1000 Meter Run, coming home in 3:35.72 and shaving eight seconds off her old record. Like Reese, L-Ro doubled back in the Sprint Medley Relay, teaming up with Coco “2COs” Sagoo-Jones, Leah “Tilty” Hayem, and Maeve “Ravin’ Maeven” Resk to run a time of 5:10.66, another MNTC record! Like the Boys’ SMR, the Girls departed with the Silver Medal. There were NINE All-Time MNTC Top Ten Performances in the meet and they are listed below. The MNTC ALL-TIME Indoor Record Lists, including relay splits, have been updated to reflect the results of this meet.
JUMPIN’ JOHN MANNING: 55 Meters – 7.26, No. 4 All-Time, COCO “2COs” SAGOO-JONES: 200 Meters – 29.35, No. 3 A-T, GAVIN BRADY: 1000 Meters – 3:16.72, No. 2 A-T, OWIN CUITE: 1000 Meters – 3:20.05, No. 3 A-T, LIA “L-RO” ROBERTSON: 1000 Meters – 3:35.72, MNTC Record, LEAH “TILTY” HAYEM: 1000 Meters – 3:41.90 No. 2 A-T, BOYS SPRINT MEDLEY RELAY: 4:12.10, MNTC Record, GIRLS’ SPRINT MEDLEY RELAY: 5:10.66, MNTC Record, REESE “REESED LIGHTNING” BIENSTOCK: Long Jump, 19′ 7.75″, MNTC Record