Bellmore / Merrick PAL had its usual great showing at the Bellmore Striders July 4th mile race.
2K Challenge is a fun cross country race for the kids.
It was held at Gardiner’s County Park on Sunday, October 21. This race has hay bales in 2 spots on the course which adds to the fun factor.
On the start line on a very chilly day
Hanging out before the race
Friends, fun, laughter – this is what a team is all about!
Way to go guys!
One more race to go – Championship meet on November 11!
The USATF XC Invitational was held at Gardiners County Park on Sunday, October 7 and the Bellmore PAL XC team was there doing their coaches & parents proud.Coach Lam and Coach Charlie with some of the team before the start of the meet – Madeleine, Ryan, Alex, Lucas, Mikhaila, Joylin, Analia, Nicholas, Diego, Evan, Jaylah, Lilliana, Izabella, Nathan
Mikhaila, Alex and John, in the 13/14 age group ran 4K.
Athletes 8 & under ran 2k, 9/10 year olds &11/12 year olds ran 3K.
It was a great day for our athletes!
Our 2nd Mile Grand Prix ended with the Farmingdale Mile on September 1.
The Grand Prix included the LI Marathon mile, Bellmore Striders July 4th mile, Massapequa Mile, Farmingdale Mile.
Warming up on the start line of the July 4th mile with other young athletes
Pictures from the Massapequa Mile
Sitting on a bench cooling off from their run in Farmingdale
Kate on the podium
It was a great Grand Prix .
Results are based on each athlete running 3 of the 4 mile races.
9-12 year boys
1st – Ryan Anderson; 2nd – Diego Martinez; 3rd – Mikael Panju
13-14 year boys
1st – Anthony Scotto; 2nd – Alex Ramirez
11-13 year girls
1st – Leanna Trefcer; 2nd – Mikhaila Hawthorne
There were 7 other athletes who did not complete 3 races.
Healthy competition between team mates – Anthony & John
Massapequa Mile 2018 Farmingdale Mile 2018
They start high school in September this year!
Kate, Steven, John and Anthony at the Bellmore Striders 4 mile on July 4th.
Best wishes guys – it was awesome having you on the team through the years!
Your coaches and teammates are very proud of you!
The Region 1 Championships and JO Qualifier was held at Icahn Stadium from Thursday, July 12th thru Sunday, July 15th.
We had 14 athletes qualify for the Regional meet and 13 of them attended the meet.
Friday was the day for the pentathlon and Mikhaila and Anthony competed. Anthony placed 5th and Mikhaila was 8th.
Saturday started with the 200 hurdles and Camylin placed 4th with a time of 30.08 which qualified her for the National meet and gave her the USATF Long Island age group record! Way to go Camylin.
This was followed by the 100 meters – Jaylah made it into the finals and was 7th overall. Steven pulled a muscle in the 100m and did not compete the next day in the 200m. Avery & Izabella both had personal bests with times of 16.11 and 17.11 rerspectively.
Nicholas and Camylin competed in the 400m placing 19th and 13th. In the 1500m, John was 9th overall achieving a personal best of 5:33.
Sunday was cloudy and developed into rain, but the athletes shone on the track. The 4x100m relay was the 1st event for our athletes. The 9/10 yr girls Avery, Cecilia, Harper and Hannah placed 5th and secured a qualifying spot for Nationals. They also broke their own USATF Long Island age group record with a time of 1:08.4In the 200m our athletes Avery & Harper both achieved personal bests. Leanna also got a personal best in the 800m finishing 13th with a time of 2:45.0. John was back on Sunday and ran the 800m with another personal best of 2:38.8 as he finished 11th.
It was an awesome meet and a wonderful experience for all our athletes.
Our athletes will not be going to Nationals which is in Greensboro, North Carolina July 23rd thru July 29th.
The USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships were held on Father’s Day at Great Neck Middle School.
Many of our athletes had personal bests on this beautiful day in June.
14 of our athletes qualified for the Regional meet being held at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island in New York City. Our athletes make us proud every time they step on the track!
Stephanie – 4×100 relay, 200 & Long Jump ; Avery – 4×100 relay,100 & 200 ; Harper – 4×100 relay, 100 ; Jaylah – 100, 200 ; Joylin – 100 ; Izabella – 100 ; Analia – 4×100 relay ; Nick – 400m ; Leanna – 400, 800 ; Steven – 100, 200 ; John – 800, 1500 ; Camylin – 200, 400 & 200 Hurdles
Mikhaila & Anthony – Pentathlon which is made up of hurdles, shot put, long jump, high jump and 800 (Mikhaila)/ 1500 (Anthony)
With her performance in the 400 meters, Camylin now holds the USATF Long Island record in her age group with a time of 60.38. She just missed the record for the 200 hurdles! Awesome job Camylin! Regionals here she comes!
The meet is being held Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15
Anthony doing the long jump at the Association Championships
John and Anthony in the 1500 with 3 laps to go. Anthony finished 4th with a time of 5:50.4 and John 5th in 5:55.4
Anthony in the High Jump with a personal best of 1.37m
Warming up before the Association Championships!
The anchor leg for the girls 9/10 year old 4×100 relay on her way to helping her team break their 2017 record with a time of 1:09.03 making them the USATF Long Island record holder in their age group! Way to go girls!!
Congratulations to our athletes and Good luck at Regionals!
These are some of our coaches. There are 11 coaches involved in the Spring program.
Coach Eddie, Coach Roger, Coach Bill are coaches for the 8 & 9 years. Coach Rob who also coaches this group is not in the picture.
Coach Ava is one of the coaches for the 5 /6 & 7 year olds. Coach Veronica and Coach Malcolm, also with the little ones, are not in the picture.
These are our some of our dedicated coaches who give of their time, their experience and their skills with patience, diligence and caring.
Thank you Coaches!
So we finally got almost all of the Spring coaches together in one picture. This was taken at the end of season Pizza party. Coach Roger left early!
We had an awesome season ending with a parade at the Championship meet on Saturday May 26th. These are some of the kids walking with the team banner at the parade.
It’s time again for our Mile Grand Prix – Athletes have a choice of 4 mile races during the spring/summer season. Marathon weekend mile, Bellmore Striders July 4th mile, Massapequa Mile & Farmingdale Mile. Run any 3 of these, be a USATF member and you qualify for the Grand Prix
These are 5 of our runners who completed the 1st of their 3 mile races. For some, the next race is the Bellmore Striders July 4th mile!
Mikhaila, Alex & Anthony hanging at start line with 2 of our parents, who also ran the mile, and County Official
While the milers were busy at Eisenhower Park our 9 year olds were at Mitchel Field having fun at PAL’s Saturday morning track meet. They just completed the 4 x 100 relay and are proudly displaying their 2nd place ribbons. Way to go girls!
Association Youth Championships held at Suffolk Community College in January was a fun time for our team.
Our 9/10 girls did awesome with their races – great times for each one!
Check out the smiling faces of our team. First indoor meet for many of them!
Awesome job guys – looking forward to our next meet at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island!