Richmond TFC Wins Two Titles at National Junior Olympics in New Mexico

12/16/2015
 
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On Saturday, forty four (44) athletes from USATF Virginia competed at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Cold rainy conditions marked the day and the thin air of running at 5000m feet altitude made for overall conditions some would call “just perfect for cross country running.”  While the altitude may have slowed the athletes’ times, the races were competitive and engaging for the athletes and spectators.  
 
Athletes qualified to compete in the national championships by either finishing in the top 15 (or as a member of a club that finished in the top 2) at the Virginia Championships on November 21.
 
Races were contested in 6 age divisions (8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18) for boys and girls.  The top 25 finishers in each age division earned all-American status and the top 3 teams were presented with championship recognition during the post event awards ceremony.  A total of 2742 athletes competed.
 
Two local teams - both from the Richmond Track & Field Club - won national titles and nine athletes earned earned all-American honors and trip to the awards podium for finishing in the top 25.
 
The Richmond Track & Field Club captured both the boy’s and girl’s titles in the 17-18 division.  In the girl’r race, Richmond scored a near perfect 17 points to outdistance the Pacific Beach Runners (Washington) by 25 points.  O’Brien’s Army from California finished third.  The scoring members for Richmond were (with overall place): Emma Call (2), Julia Wood (5), Willa King (10), Maggie Morgan (19), and Katie Pokorny (25).  
 
The boy’s 17-18 team toed the line with the added pressure of defending the title they had won last year in South Carolina but they showed no signs of folding as they ran to victory again this year.  Their team score was 35 points which put them a scant 2 points ahead of runner-up Border United from Texas.  The team’s victory was secured with late race surges by  Evan Fisher and Ryan Buscaglia who heeded the caution of their coaches to avoid the effects of the thin air and start conservatively.  Fisher who finished fifth passed through the 1 mile in 20th place and two miles in ninth place.  Buscaglia was in 12th place at the mile and picked off six runners on his way to a sixth place finish.  The other scorers for the boy’s team were Grant Davis (10th), Gavin Jenkins (12th), and Austin Morgan (35th).
 
Individuals earning all-American honors and a visit to the awards ceremony to receive their championship medal and USATF all-American hat were:

Place

Name

Club

Division

2

Emma Call

Richmond Track & Field Club

17-18 girls

5

Julia Wood

Richmond Track & Field Club

17-18 girls

5

Evan Fisher

Richmond Track & Field Club

17-18 boys

6

Ryan Buscaglia

Richmond Track & Field Club

17-18 boys

8

Khloe Pointer

Richmond Track & Field Club

15-16 girls

10

Willa King

Richmond Track & Field Club

17-18 girls

10

Grant Davis

Richmond Track & Field Club

17-18 boys

12

Gavin Jenkins

Richmond Track & Field Club

17-18 boys

13

Jack Ikenberry

Richmond Track & Field Club

15-16 boys

19

Maggie Morgan

Richmond Track & Field Club

17-18 girls

 
The complete set of Virginia results can be found here.
 
Next year’s championships will be held in Hoover, AL on December 10.

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