NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Bronxville’s Kaitlin Ryan was among the thousands of young athletes who hit the track and field recently at an AT&T Hall of Fame invitational meet at the New Balance Armory in Manhattan.
More than 3,000 high school students representing all five New York boroughs and seven states on the East Coast participated in the event, which also paid homage to eight legendary track and field mentors.
The coaches -- who included Joe Biddy, a physical education teacher at Suffern High School; and Andy Capellan, the girls track coach at New Rochelle High School -- were inducted into the Armory Coaches Hall of Fame.
Ryan was No. 2 and No. 4 in New York last season in the 1000m Indoors and 1500m Outdoors, respectively.
Other local high school athletes who competed included Victoria Jones-Alleyne, New Rochelle’s State 55 hurdles champion and 100 hurdles runner-up; and Jahnique Dessaline of Newburgh Free Academy, who was No. 3 last season in the state boys’ 55 meter.
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame were Steve Borbet, Bay Shore High School; Shaun Dietz, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn; Mike Glynn, Ridgewood (N.J.) High School; Art Kranick, Saratoga High School; Linda Kranick, Saratoga High School; and Nicola Martial, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn.
The honored coaches each received glass plaque at the ceremony held on The Armory track’s infield. A reception followed.
The new Hall of Fame inductees joined current Hall of Famers: Jim Mitchell, of Bronxville; Ed Bowes, of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Brooklyn; Bill Carriero, Chaminade High School, Mineola: and Jimmy Jackson, Boys and Girls High School, Brooklyn.
The winner of the AT&T Hall of Fame Invitational boys and girls miles was to receive an invitation to the NYRR Millrose Games High School on Feb. 20, as long as they have eclipsed 4:20/5:00 at some point in their career as of Jan. 24.
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