2010-10-01 / Sports

Young Novas Shine In Cross Country Races

Jacqueline Saunders (left) and Daikichi Washington start the race. Jacqueline Saunders (left) and Daikichi Washington start the race. Two cross-country runners from the New York Novas team, Jacqueline Saunders (age 12) and Daikichi Washington (age 11), who have both participated in vigorous training, each raced on Sunday, September 20 at The Fairgrounds in Flowerfield, St. James, Long Island.

It was the first race for them to attend for this cross-country season and they showed the great perseverance. . Saunders came in fifth place at the Girls Youth Division 4K race with the time of 22 minutes and 42 seconds. Washington ran the Boys Midget Division 3K race and came in second place with the time of 10 minutes and 49 seconds. They will be participating in numbers of races throughout the season.

On the same day, two new NOVAS’ athletes, brother and sister runners Javon Horne (age 6) and Faith Horne (age 5) participated in City Sports For Kids at the New Balance Track and Field Center at Armory in NYC.

On Sunday September 26, the Novas raced at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx. Five year-old Faith Horne was competed in the 800M race and showed her determination to keep running until she made to the finishing line with a time of 7:18.

Washington broke his own record by 6 seconds in the 1-mile race and Saunders finished the 1-mile in 7:18.

The New York Novas track program a nationally ranked club which participates in local track and field, AAU races and competitions across the city and the country.

Registration is now open for boys and girls ages 7 to 14 to join for the fall program, which will take place at September and October at the Beach Channel High School track on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information on registration fees and races, contact head coach Grover Prince, a USA Track and Field Level II certified instructor, at 917-415- 9521, their website at nynovas.webs. com or gprince001gmail.com.

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