2011-12-30 / Sports

Rockaway Novas Compete At Armory Youth Holiday Classic


Rockaway Novas (left to right): Tanya Saunders, Daikichi Washington, Timothy Grimes and Jacqueline Saunders. Rockaway Novas (left to right): Tanya Saunders, Daikichi Washington, Timothy Grimes and Jacqueline Saunders. On Monday, December 26, Rockaway and Jamaica combined NY Novas Track and Field Club raced in the Armory Youth Holiday Classic at New Balance Armory Track and Field Center in Manhattan. All Novas runners, from age 5 to 14, demonstrated great effort, persistence and speed as they raced against many competitive teams from the metropolitan area.

Among hundreds of athletes in the track meets, there were four young runners from Far Rockaway, Jacqueline Saunders (14), Tanya Saunders (12), Timothy Grimes (13) and Daikichi Washington (13).

Jacqueline Saunders competed in the 200-meter dash (30.28 seconds - 4th place in the heat), 400-meter dash (1:10.64 - 3rd place in the heat) and 800-meter run (3:13.03 - 9th place). Tanya Saunders raced in the 400-meter dash (1:25.7 - 6th place in the heat), 800-meter run (3:24.99 - 8th place in the heat) and in a 4X200m relay. Grimes ran the 55- meter dash (8.26 - 10th place), 200-meter dash (30.98 - 6th place in the heat) and 400-meter dash (1:10.86 - 3rd place in the heat).


The combined Rockaway and Jamaica Novas track team. The combined Rockaway and Jamaica Novas track team. Washington competed in the 400-meter dash (1:08.51 - 1st place in the heat) and 800-meter run (2:43.7 - 5th place in the heat). If interested in joining the Novas Track and Field Club, please contact Coach Mitsuko (Mimi) at 516-849-1028.



Daikichi Washington’s runs in the 400-meter dash. Daikichi Washington’s runs in the 400-meter dash.

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