New York Novas Hits Track For Hershey’s Game Trials
On Saturday, May 14, it was chilly, cloudy, and with a chance of rain as NY Novas’ three young athletes competed in Hershey’s Track and Field Game Trials at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. In this meet, participants compete 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 enjoyed a funfilled weekend that includes a tour of the Hershey Chocolate Factory and a day at Hershey Park.
The meet opened with the 4x100M race and then the 1600M run. Novas’ Daikichi Washington (12 years old) who just moved up to Youth Division this year, challenged his endurance in the 1600M, 400-meter tack, 4-laps. Throughout the race, Washington maintained his own pace and finished the race in seventh place with 6:03.39, which is 9 second faster than his own record. Washington also competed in the Softball Throw.
Novas rookie, Elijah Hinson (11), and Timothy Grimes (12) also participated in the Softball Throw. They both kept themselves active in the meet by entering two more events, 100M-dash and 200M-dash. For Hinson, it was his first track meet and he showed great effort. He finished his 100M-dash in 14.98 seconds, came in fourth in his heat, his 200M-dash record was 31.00 seconds and he came in 2nd place. It was an all-day event.
Hinson couldn’t hide his fatigue after the 200M. He commented that the “200-meter felt longer [than I anticipated].”
Timothy Grimes, who made more friends than anyone else during the meet, finished his 100M-dash with 14.84 seconds, and came in fifth place. He also finished the 200M-dash in fifth place with 30.78 seconds.