(Aug. 5, 2013) – Competing in the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, the NOVA A.C. 15-16 Boys 4×800 Meter Relay Team of Jarred Silverman (Leesburg), Andrew Hunter (Purcellville), Will Smagh and Nick Rhinesmith (both Ashburn) finished 8th of 16 teams reaching the final. This fine combined effort, a new club record of 8:40.61, put them on medal winning podium and earned recognition as All-Americans.
The NOVA A.C.13-14 Girls 4×800 Meter team of Katie Mueck (Alexandria), Theresa Long (Sterling), Noelle Saine, (Leesburg) and Lauren Lightner (Broadlands) had a top 10 finish against 28 of the nations’ best relay teams. Their time of 10:26.03 improved upon their club record by 13 seconds. Lightner will also be competing in the 800 Meter Run at the North American Finals of the Hershey Track & Field Series on Saturday August 3rd in Hershey, PA.
In the 4×800 Meters for the 13-14 Boys age group, Travis McMillan (Lovettsville), Noah Hunter (Purcellville), Caleb McCurdy (Sterling), and Saurav Velleleth (Ashburn), finished 15th among the country’s 30 best teams, with a time of 9:34.21, also a new club record.
NOVA A.C. was also represented in 5 individual events. Jabob Windle (Philomont) finished 16th out of 41 in the 11-12 Boys 800 Meter Run with a club record time of 2:25.60. Windle also ran in the 1500 Meter Run, finishing 23rd out of 41 with a time of 5:06.39 – an additional club record to his growing collection.
Silverman and Smagh competed in the 15-16 Boys 3000 Meter Run. Racing among 47 of the nation’s best male distance runners of their age, Silverman finished 19th 9:38.04 and Smagh finished 30th in 9:53.81. Both were personal best times. Silverman also ran in the 1500 meter run, finishing 38th out of 47 in a time of 4:35.66
NOVA Athletic Club is a Loudoun County based non- profit youth track and field club with more than 100 athletes. Spring training for track takes place in Ashburn and Purcellville. Fall cross country which begins in September, is also located in Purcellville as well as Sterling.