Best of the
by George Kochman
The athletes chosen below are
my personal choices. I based the rankings on performance at the highest level-
therefore, open and collegiate championships do more for oneís resume than
does a high school championship. Also, I considered the full body of work-
titles won, consistency, quality of performance, etc.
I named 15 men, and 15 women.
Iíll start with the women- it seemed to be easier to evaluate the women and
put them in some order.
The men turned out to be
extremely difficult. Are they in the correct order? You tell me.
Jesse Carlin- this was easy. Record includes a third at USA
Nationalchamps, two-time All American, numerous ECAC and Heptagonal Games championships.
Liander- several conference
championships in the throws. Got better in college.
Tormey- Olympic Trials qualifier in
marathon, and some good road races.
Ballou- track star, road star,
masters, but does well in open events as well.
Mitchell- cut career short at LSU.
Salzano- no one made bigger
improvement in college.
Barreto- became a very good college
Morelli- all around talent-
Marie Vellucci- nationally ranked
Tursi- Binghamton star in
Olivieri-good career at
Kuck- D-III star at Washington and
Lamiquiz-another with good career
Torelli- cut career short.
Scotto- good relay runner at
Saidu Ezike- many
championships on the collegiate level back up great high school career.
Ali Abiola- All
American relay performer at
. Ran fast 800ís.
high school high jumper, became sprinter, horizontal jumper, MVP at
Atlantic-10 conference championship.
still a lot left here. Big-10 star at Penn State.
D-III All American at 800 meters.
Perfection Harris- big-time scorer
in college after great high school career.
vaulter-Met IC conference champ.
champ in vault, consistent scorer.
fine distance career at
two big marathons, future looks good.
consistent vaulter for U Conn.
fine career at
. Competed in tough conference.
best yet to come for Villanova star.
same as Lewis, emerging star.
fine thrower at