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November 12, 2023
Wajid Wins Third Straight Title; Prospect Park Wins Six Team Titles at New York Junior Olympic Championships
photo: Lauren Primerano
On Sunday (12-Nov) the
USATF New York Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships
were held at historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, NY. 465 athletes ages 5 to 18 and 27 teams competed for personal bests, fun, and qualifying placings for the Region 1 Junior Olympic Championships.
(Notre Dame TC) won the 17-18 division setting a new association Van Cortlandt Park record of 16:59.2. He broke the previous record of 17:41 set in 2019 by Steven Struck.
(VO2Max Track Club),
(VO2Max Track Club),
(Tailwind Track Club), and
(Prospect Park Youth Running) all claimed individual titles and, in the process, established new association top-5 all-time performances at Van Cortlandt Park.
Wajid broke the tape in in the 9-10 girls division running 12:13.1 to win by 11 seconds over teammate
as the the VO2Max TC swept the top four places, Her time moves her to #5 all-time. It was her third straight New York title as she won the 9-10 division last year and the 8U division in 2021.
In the 9-10 boys race Wajid's teammate Cyrus Boschen crossed the line in 11:34.4 to win by 37 seconds over
(Prospect Park Youth Running). His time is #4 all-time at Van Cortlandt Park.
In the 13-14 girls race, Adriana Pettinelli ran to victorystopping the clock at 15:17.2 (#5 all-time). She won by 27 seconds as
, Miriam's older sister, finished second running 15:44.2. Pettinelli's victory was her second straight win as she won the 11-12 division last year.
In the 13-24 boys race Sam Farjami crossed the line with a time of 14:00.9 to win by 15 seconds over Marshall Brown (Tailwind TC). Farjami's time is tied for #4 all-time.
In the youngest division,
(Dashing Dons & Divas) and
(VO2Max Track Club) were the 8 & under champions. Jones won the boys race running 7:56 to win by eight seconds over
(Ocean Breeze Wave Runners). In the girls race Codrington defeated
(Tailwind TC) by 13 seconds as she stopped the clock at 8:15.
In the 11-12 races,
(Westchester Wolves) won the boys race over
(Prospect Park Youth Running) and
, Cyrus's older sister, won the girls race over
(Ocean Breeze Wave Runners). Mackinnon's time was 11:03.6 while Boschen stopped the clock at 11:51.9. Both just missed cracking into the top-5 all-time by four seconds.
In the 15-16 races,
led a 1-3 sweep in the boys race by the Westchester Wolves while
(Prospect Park Youth Running) won the girls race. Shadaksharappa ran 17:12.9 with teammates
following closely behind at their squad won the 15-18 team title by just two points over the Propsect Park Youth Running Club.
In the 17-18 girls race,
(Prospect Park Youth Running) ran 20:22.9 to win the division and move to #4 on the association all-time list. She and Paul-Emile led the their Project Park Youth RC squad to victory in the 15-18 division.
Prospect Park Youth Running Club
won six team titles (9-10 boys, 9-10 girls, 11-12 boys, 13-14 boys, 13-14 girls, and 15-18 girls). The
Ocean Breeze Wave Runners
won three team titles (8U boys, 8u girls, and 11-12 girls). The
won the 15-18 boys title.
The athletes who finished in the top-30 and teams finishing in the top-five (5) qualified to compete in Sunday's (19-Nov) Region 1 Championships in Queensbury, NY