2011-06-03 / Sports

NY Novas Compete In Youth Challenge Series


The Novas group photo from left to right: Elijah Hinson (back), Daikichi Washington, Timothy Grimes, and Victoria Prince in front. The Novas group photo from left to right: Elijah Hinson (back), Daikichi Washington, Timothy Grimes, and Victoria Prince in front. On a chilly and cloudy Sunday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m., the “Star Spangled Banner” was played for the opening of Youth Challenge Series #3 at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island. At the track meet, a special 100M-dash race was held to help 18-year-old sprinter Jamal Pilgrim, who lost his right leg in 2008. He runs with a prosthetic leg and if could finish the 100M-dash in 15 seconds, he would be qualified for Paralympic 2012. In the race, NY Novas Rockaway team rookies, Timothy Grimes (12) and Elijah Hinson (11), challenged Pilgrim.

“It was a really good experience running with him [Pilgrim],“ Grimes said after the race. “I was running on the lane next to him and I felt he was coming close to me. He was really fast.”

Grimes finished the race in 14.40 seconds and Hinson in 14.35 seconds. Pilgrim finished in 14.25 seconds and he is now qualified for Paralympics 2012. Grimes and Hinson competed in 200M-dash as well. Grimes reached the finish line in 31.72 seconds, Hinson beat his own record and finished in 30.75 seconds. NY Novas Sub-Bantam girl, Victoria Prince (6), also competed in the 200M-dash with a time of 48.00 seconds.

An endurance runner, Daikichi Washington tried the 2000M Steeplechase for the first time.

The steeplechase circuit has four ordinary barriers and one water jump. In this race, each runner must clear a total of 20 ordinary barriers and five water jumps. This entails five complete laps.

Washington was persistent with his pace from start to finish.

He began his race in last place, he kept moving up throughout the race, and by the end of the fourth lap, he placed third. Washington won the bronze medal with the time of 8:28.

He also participated in the Long Jump, jumping 3.93 meters (about 12.9 feet).

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