Five Rockaway Runners Race At VCP
The Hershey Company has been sponsoring this track and field program for more than 30 years. Children, ages 9 to 14, have the opportunity to compete in the following events: 50 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter, 4x100- meter relay, standing long jump, and softball throw.
The Rockaway Novas competed against other children from their local area, and have the opportunity to advance to state and regional competitions and ultimately qualify for the North American Finals in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Finalists enjoy a funfilled weekend that includes a tour of the Hershey Chocolate Factory and a day at Hershey Park.
From the N.Y. Novas Rockaway team, Jacqueline Saunders (13) ran the 200-m race in 29.88 seconds as she finished in first place. She also competed in the 4x100-m race along with three other members from Novas Jamaica team. The 4x100-meter team finished the race in 55 seconds and won first place. They are invited to race in the 4x100-m relay regional competition on June 16 at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn.
Jacqueline’s little sister, Tanya Saunders (11 years old) finished the 200-m race in 34.22 seconds. One of the Novas’ new members, Robert Oligbo, 12 years old, ran his first 100-m race in 13.58 seconds and the 200-m race in 34.9 seconds.
Robert’s sister, Jasmine Oligbo, who is 11 years old, competed in the 100-m race in 15.6 seconds and the 200-m in 34.1 seconds. Daikichi Washington (11 years old) finished the 400-m race in first place with a time of 1 minute and 10.72 seconds. He also ran the 200-m race in 32.45 seconds. Washington also took part in the standing long jump as well, jumping 6’4” across the sand pit.