(July 15, 2013) – Fourteen runners from Loudoun-based NOVA Athletic Club are headed to the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Greensboro, NC after placing in the top 5 for their respective events at the USATF Region 3 youth track and field meet in Landover, MD July 11-14.
On the first day of competition, three NOVA AC 4×800 meter relay teams qualified for the national championship. Placing second in a time of 10:39.50 were the age 13-14 team of Katie Mueck (Alexandria), Theresa Long (Sterling), Noelle Saine (Leesburg), and Lauren Lightner (Ashburn). The boys 13-14 relay team of Travis McMillan (Lovettsville), Noah Hunter (Purcellville), Caleb McCurdy (Sterling), and Saurav Velleleth (Ashburn) finished 3rd in a time of 9:21.45, with Velleleth running an outstanding personal record of 2:11. In the 15-16 age group, Nick Rhinesmith (Ashburn), Jarred Silverman (Leesburg), Will Smagh (Ashburn), and Drew Hunter (Purcellville), placed 4th in a time of 8:42.42, led by Hunter’s 2:02 split. All three relay teams set NOVA AC club records.
The 800 meter runners were back in action the next day, with three runners advancing to the Junior Olympics. Lightner placed 5th with a time of 2:33.86, Alicia Thomas placed 4th in the girls 17-18 age group, running 2:31.09, and Jacob Windle (Philomont), finished 2nd in the boys 11-12 age group, running a personal best time of 2:27.51.
The following day, NOVA AC’s 3000 meter runners toed the line. Silverman finished 2nd in a time of 10:00.39, closely followed by teammate Smagh in 3rd with a personal best of 10:03.03.
The athletes’ success continued on the final day of competition in the 1500 meter races, with Windle racing to a NOVA AC club record of 5:08.06, for 3rd place, and Silverman running 4:32.24 for 4th.
Several others athletes who participated for NOVA AC set personal bests in their events, but did not advance to nationals. Congratulations to Grace Roberts, Julia Lynch, Alice Roberts, Paul Long, LT Wallace, Erin Lightner, Isaiah Bryant, Katrina Obedin, Julia Slack, Eric Speeney, and Nic Esatto for their fine performances.