(L-R Alex Boucher, Jaylen Rodriques, Joseph Fitzpatrick, and Paul Stafford, the Central Florida Gliders Boys 13-14  4x800 relay team at the USATF championship.

 

Central Florida Gliders Bring Home National Track and Field Medals

Local athletes place among nation's best at AAU Junior Olympics and USA
Track and Field Championship

Altamonte Springs, FL -  Central Florida Gliders athletes took top medals at
back-to-back national track and field championships held in late July.

Alex Boucher, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Jaylen Rodriques, and Paul Stafford
brought home silver medals for their second-place finish time of  8:57.72 in
the 13-14 year old boys 4x800 relay at the 2013 USA Track and Field (USATF)
Championship, held July 22-28 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The team earned
bronze medals in the same event at the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games, held
July 27-29 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with a time of 8:48.69.

Alex Boucher also placed third in his age group for the 800-meter individual
race and fifth in the 1500-meter event at the USATF championship, with a
final race time of 2:04.21

(L-R) Alex Boucher, Coach Craig Wise, and Joseph Fitzpatrick at the AAU Junior Olympics. Alex placed 4th and Joseph placed 5th in the 1500M race, boys 13-14.



At the AAU Junior Olympics, Boucher and fellow Glider Joseph Fitzpatrick
medaled, placing fourth and fifth, respectively, in their age group in the
1500-meter competition. Boucher's time was 4:24.51. Fitzpatrick finished in
4:27.14. Alan McFarland medaled in the AAU 17-18  year old men's discus
competition, throwing 47.37 meters and capturing 8th place. Boucher is a
resident of Maitland, Fitzpatrick is from Belleview, and McFarland is from
DeLand.

Other Central Florida Gliders who competed in the AAU Junior Olympics
included Rylee Goodyear and C.J. Goodyear of Windermere, and David Manning
of Oviedo.

"We are extremely proud of all of our athletes," states Gliders Executive
Director and Coach Craig D. Wise. "Our boys 4x800 team worked exceptionally
hard for their achievement. They've been training with the Gliders for
multiple seasons now, and it's great to see their hard work pay off in elite
national competitions."

The national meets are the culmination of the Central Florida Gliders 2013
track and field season, which includes many local and regional competitions.
This season, more than 75 young athletes were members of the nonprofit
organization, which trains in Altamonte Springs.

The Central Florida Gliders Track Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth
running club servicing the Central Florida area for more than 20 years. The
club has produced numerous individual and team national champions while
promoting active, healthy lifestyles and community service with area youth.
More information about the Gliders' history, accomplishments, events, and
community outreach programs can be found at www.cfgliders.com
<http://www.cfgliders.com/> .

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