April 20, 2014

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Elyria native Tianna (Madison) Bartoletta wins 60 meters at Boston meet

Elyria native Tianna (Madison) Bartoletta won the 60-meter final Saturday at the USATF New Balance Indoor Grand Prix held at Boston’s Reggie Lewis Track Center.

Madison, 28 and a 2003 Elyria High graduate, clocked 7.17 seconds as she defeated 2012 Olympic teammate Bianca Knight (7.22) and Jessica Young (7.25) for the top spot in the eight-woman final.

“It’s great to be back in Boston,” Bartoletta said. “I love this city and I love running at the Reggie. I am just getting better every time I go out there.”

North Ridgeville’s Nate Brannen, a two-time Canadian Olympian and his country’s indoor mile record-holder (3:55.11), was third in the men’s mile (3:58.37) behind New Zealand’s Nick Willis (3:57.41) and American Pat Casey (3:58.18).

“The race went out very slow, about 9-10 seconds slower through 800 meters than it was supposed to,” Brannen said. “It was supposed to be taken out by the ‘rabbit’ in 1:55 and we were 2:04. I closed in 1:53 which is a really good sign showing both my strength and speed are really good right now.

“I made a solid move with 200 meters remaining to go after Willis, but this left me without enough at the end to hold off Casey. I let Willis get too much of a gap early on and couldn’t make it up over the final lap. Overall I was happy with how I raced and know there is a lot more in the tank had the pacing been a little better.”