Cynthia Monteleone competes at national track meet in Arizona
LAHAINA – Cynthia Monteleone was invited to compete in the first track meet since March at the Desert Dream Last Hurrah Invitational in San Tan Valley, Arizona. The meet was held June 11-13.
Safety precautions such as temperature taking, limitation of spectators, mask wearing, social distancing and spraying disinfectant on the blocks were set in place.
Monteleone braved the 100-degree temperatures and sand-filled negative (against her) wind to run a 26.88 in the 200-meter on Friday night, throw a 7.70-meter shot throw Saturday evening, followed an hour later by a 59.07 400-meter. She was seeded by time and was the lone 44-year-old in a heat of some of the nation’s top 17-year-olds. She placed first in her heat and fourth overall.
“This meet was well run and a great example of how we can return safely to the sport of track and field,” said Monteleone.
Her times place her performance as the No. 3 American and No. 4 World time in the 200m rankings and the top U.S. time and the No. 2 best world performance in the 400m of the year. She missed the world lead by .1 seconds and looks forward to having another chance to compete and take the top spot.
Monteleone is proud to represent her island of Maui and home state.