Track club to send 10 runners to USATF championships
Litchfield Track Club relay teams enjoyed success in the Region I Junior Olympics championships in New York City. Michele Cook photos
Ten Litchfield Track Club runners have qualified for the USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships on July 23-29 at the North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C.
LTC athletes qualified during the Region 1 meet over the weekend at the Ichan Stadium track complex on Randall’s Island in New York City.
Region 1 consists of all the New England states, plus the Long Island, metropolitan and Adirondack regions of New York. The meet attracted 2,600 youth runners ages 8 and under thru 18.
For the first time, the LTC qualified relay teams in both the boys and girls 4x100m relay. The boys relay team of William Cook, Dylan Myrie, Naseem Thompson, William Wilson and alternate Christian Estefani placed fourth in the 17-18 age group in 44.30 seconds.
The 15-16 girls team of Hope Maher, Abigale Estefani, Annabelle Shanks and Jeremina Prenoveau placed fifth in 52.83 seconds.
Alex Brites , in the 17-18 age group, ran a 9:52.65 3000 meters on Friday evening in 90-degree temperatures to place third overall.
The LTC’s 17-18 boys age group led the field in the high jump and long jump. Myrie won the long jump (6.60m) and Thompson (6.27m) placed third. In the high jump it was Thompson second (1.80m) and Cook third (1.75m).
Qualifying runners in the club represent schools in Torrington, Litchfield, Harwinton and Waterbury.
Alex Brites in the 3000 meters.
Dylan Myrie in the long jump.
Jeremina Prenoveau, left, heads for the finish line.