Youth Athletes Impress at USATF Region 2 XC Championships
NORTH CHILI, NEW YORK — TRA youth athletes made the trip to Black Creek Park on November 22nd for the Region 2 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. 55 athletes participated against competitors from Mid-Atlantic, New Jersey and Niagara Associations for a chance to advance to the Nationals. 45 (roughly 82%) athletes qualified for the event to be held December 12th in Albuquerque, NM.
Three Rivers youth athletes continued their impressive club participation streak sending 9 teams to the regional meet. These included: Greensburg YMCA, Penn Hills Eagles Track Club, Get Fit Families, Valley Speedsters, Pacer Track Club, River City Elite, Mountain Top Track & Field, Wings of Moon, and AK Track & Field. Get Fit Families had the largest contingent with 18 total athletes. 6 unattached athletes also represented the Association.
While there were no individual Region 2 Champions from the association, several athletes achieved top 3 performances in their age divisions:
|Mylah Wilder||8 & Under Girls||2nd||Penn Hill Eagles|
|Yeshua Musoba||8 & Under Boys||2nd||Penn Hill Eagles|
|Layne Haught||9-10 Boys||3rd||Get Fit Families|
|Zachary Leachman||13-14 Boys||3rd||Get Fit Families|
|Jenna Morehead||15-16 Girls||2nd||Get Fit Families|
|Taylor Tomman||15-16 Girls||3rd||Penn Hill Eagles|
|Robert Malcolm||17-18 Young Men||3rd||AK Track & Field|
Get Fit Families’ 11-12 Girls were the lone team to qualify for the national competition placing 2nd with a total score of 42 points. Team members included Tara Lucot, Alaina Hicks, Maddie Gagnon, Elizabeth Hunkele, and Gianna Rotelli.
Good Luck to the athletes headed to Albuquerque!
Complete Region 2 results can be found here.
Information on the 2015 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships can be found here.