The Waltham Track Club's youth program ended its inaugural winter season with a tremendous team effort at the Northeast Track and Field Classic this past weekend, finishing second among more than 30 teams from throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The Club's 15- and 16-year-old's provided the most notable performances, achieving eight personal records en route to scoring 92 of the Club's total of 225 points. Newton North freshman Amy Ren highlighted the day's events with wins in the 55-meter hurdles (9.36 seconds) and long jump (15 feet, 8 inches) and a second in the high jump (5-0), earning her the Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet Award. Her hurdle time and long jump established meets records and her hurdle and high jump were personal bests. North sophomore Emily Denn also had a personal record, finishing second in the hurdles in 9.48 seconds. Another North sophomore, Adele Levine, contributed a point with her eigth place in the mile.
Waltham High School freshman Ivy Watts finished second in the 200 meters with a personal record of 27.23. She was also second in the running long jump and fifth in the standing long jump. Other Waltham High participants included: Erika Shay (third place in the 55 hurdles with a PR 9.56, fourth in the standing long jump and fifth running long jump), Sabrina Zottola (second in the standing LJ and eighth in the 55), Alyssa Gladman (third in the standing LJ and fifth in the hurdles), Kara Walsh (eighth in the 400) and Natalie Prentiss (sixth in the hurdles).
The Club's younger members also contributed well to the team's cause, highlighted by Jaynah Jimenez's first place in the 11-12 standing LJ, second in the 200 with a personal record of 28.73, second in the 55 dash with a PR of 8.13 and second in the running long jump.
Other point scorers in the 11-12 age group included: Talia Frazier's second in the mile and Sonya Jampel's fourth in the mile; Emma Fitzgerald's third place in the HJ, fifth in the standing LJ and eighth in the running LJ; Molly McCourt's sixth in the standing LJ.
In the 9-10 age group, Emily Quinn was third in the standing LJ and eighth in the 200.
In the 7-8 division, Orenne Brand was second and Meghan Irving was third in the running LJ. Irving was also third in the 55 dash.
In the 13-14 division, Kaitlin McCauley was fourth in the mile, Brittany Bonhomme was fourth in the shot and Marissa Diamond was fifth in the hurdles.
In the boys competition, John Henry Firzgerald was second in the 13-14 hurdles, third in the HJ and forth in the shot, whule Jeremy Taylor and Jacob Jampel were sixth and seventh in the 8-9 mile and third and fourth in the standing LJ, respectively.
``This was a rather pleasant surprise and stunning result, considering that this was our first winter program,'' stated Club coach Joe Tranchita. ``These kids did a remarkable job with just four weeks worth of preparation. It was a very positive first experience for all involved and bodes well for our Club's future participation in indoor track.''
The Club has accepted an invitation to participate in a special, 14-and-under girls exhibition 4x200 relay at the U.S. National Open Championships on Feb. 23, which will then officially end the Club's first indoor season.