2010-02-05 / Sports

Hayes Captures Third Place In Madison Square Garden Debut

Meghan Hayes’ family: Tom Hayes; Meghan; her sister Shannon; her mother, Fran Hayes, and her grandfather Jack Hayes (Breezy Point). Meghan Hayes’ family: Tom Hayes; Meghan; her sister Shannon; her mother, Fran Hayes, and her grandfather Jack Hayes (Breezy Point). Bishop Kearney High School track and field captain Meghan “Hollywood” Hayes told her mother five weeks ago that she would be a one of the six finalists at the 36th annual Colgate Women Games to be held at the historic Madison Square Garden.

Hayes stayed true to her word as she lined up on the garden track for the 800-meter final against a very competitive field this past weekend. At the sound of the starter’s gun, the race was fast and furious. Hayes was up to the challenge with a finishing kick to secure the third place trophy and the educational grant for $250.

This was a special moment for Hayes and her family. Hayes’ grandfather Jack Hayes (Chester Walk) was especially proud of her accomplishment and her becoming a part of the long track history of Madison Square Garden. Jack Hayes recalled seeing the legendary Olympian, Paavo Nurmi, “The Flying Finn” from Finland, compete on the garden track. Although many years later, he saw another spectacular performance by his granddaughter Meghan.

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