2012-06-29 / Sports

NY Novas Advance To Junior Olympic Regional


Novas Rockaway team Novas Rockaway team On the same day that Ashton Eaton set the world record in the decathlon during the U.S. Olympic trials at Hayward Field, many young athletes throughout the metro area gathered at St. Joseph’s by the Sea High School in Staten Island, to compete to qualify for the 2012 USATF Region 1 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships on Saturday, June 23.

Dating back to the mid-1960’s, the

USATF Junior Olympic program has been the most visible youth athletic development program in the world. Nearly 70,000 young athletes compete each year in the Junior Olympic Track and Field and Cross Country programs. Many of America’s Olympians began as USATF youth athletes, including stars such as Maurice Greene, Allyson Felix, Bryan Clay, John Godina, Deena Kastor, and Allen Johnson.

Through a series of events consisting of preliminary, Association, and Regional meets, athletes have the opportunity to advance to the National Championships in track & field and cross country.


Justin Murray Justin Murray 2012, NY Novas’ five athletes, Arianna Clark (9 years old), Elijah Hinson (11), Cathenia Murray (15), Justin Murray (13), and Daikichi Washington (13), competed in the USATF New York Association Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship. They all arrived at St. Joseph’s by 12:30 p.m., and the meet began approximately at 1:00 p.m.

Due to the immense heat, sun block was passed around to every athlete and the spectator. Clark, Elijah, Cathenia, and Justin, all entered the race in the 100- meter dash.

Clark finished the race in third place in the heat and Hinson, earned third. Cathenia, in spite of a leg injury she suffered the previous week, she finished strong in fifth place and Justin also finished in fifth place in the heat.

In the 200-meter dash, Clark showed her persistence by moving up one by one as she approached the finish line. She finished second place in the heat. Elijah’s sprint showed no fatigue from the hot weather and crossed the finish line in first place in the heat.


Cathenia Murray Cathenia Murray Cathenia competed with great determination as she finished fifth in the heat.

Justin finished in fifth place as well. Justin also displayed his stamina in the 800-meter run and completed the race in fifth place.

Washington was not able to perform as well as he expected to in the 400-meter dash, but he will be advancing to the Regional Championship with Hinson respectively for the 3000-meter run and Long Jump.

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