Pictured (from left) are proud Westfield Area Y Flyers Track Club participants Matthew Ackerman, Grace Endy and Melissa Endy.
Three members of the Westfield Area Y Flyers Track Club earned All-American honors at last week's USATF Junior Olympic National Track and Field Championships held at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.
Melissa Endy placed third in the nation with a personal best performance of 17:36 in the Youth Girls 3000m Race Walk earning All-American status for the second year in a row. In her second trip to Nationals, Grace Endy also had a personal best performance placing fifth in Bantam Girls 1500m Race Walk to earn her first All-American award. To round out the first day of competition, Matthew Ackerman, in his first year with the Flyers, earned All-American status with his fifth place finish in the Bantam Boys 1500m Race Walk.
Other athletes competing for the Flyers at the National Championships were the 17th ranked Youth Girls 4x800m relay team of Jillian Walter, Megan Power, Cindy Qiang and Amanda Bush. Caitlin Glynn placed 19th in the Intermediate Girls 3000m run and 31st in the 1500m run, Emily Wilson- 33rd in midget girls 80m hurdles. The Youth Boys 4x400m relay team of Darian Siegel, Ian Andrew, Ryan Siegel and Paul Dunham finished 34th and Abigail Granrath had a time of 3:03 in the 800m run to finish 20th in the Nation for Sub-Bantam Girls.
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