NE Youth dominate Junior Olympic Region 1 Results

11/20/2017
 
A rainy start, a windy finish, and a record number of competitors were the order of the day at the 2017 USATF Region 1 Junior Olympic Championships on Sunday, November 19, in Smithfield RI.  A total of 1140 athletes covered four distances in ten races over the Bruce Ewart Cross Contry Course at Deerfield Park.
 
Runners from six associations qualified at their local championships; New Englanders had a home field advantage as the USATF-NE meet ran at the same site the previous week.  So strong is local association competition that the 11-12 and 13-14 age group races in New England were larger than those at Region 1.
 
Individuals finishing in the top thirty and the top five teams in each division qualified for the National championships on December 9 in Tallahassee, Florida. 
 
Four New Englanders were individual titleists in both championships. Aidan Cox (NH Thunder) won the Boys 11-12 3000m at both meets, repeating his double from last year.  Evan Reynolds (Sentinel Striders) gave the host club a win in the Boys 13-14 3000m race where New England runners took the top 16 places. Carmel Fitzgibbon (Waltham TC) led the fields by coviincing margins both weeks in the Girls 13-14 3000m, where the top 4 finishers were the same each week and five state middle school chanmps (2 divisions in NH) from the NE states were in the top 8 places. Callie Parks (Green Mt AA) had wins in both races in the 17-18 division.
 
Five clubs topped division scoring with Granite State Flash winners in both Girls 11-12 (winning on the tie-breaker) and 13-14 (with NE clubs placing 1-4). On the Boys' side, Nashua PAL took the 8/under, NC Surge led a 1-2-3-5 NE score in 11-12, and Sentinels led an unprecedented 1-6 NE sweep in 13-14. Overall, New England clubs took 35 of the 50 top 5 team places.  
 
Thanks to the host club Sentinel Striders for the hard work and volunteer hours that produced quality meets on successive weekends, along with the the officials who kept the races running with no delays.