Velocity Track Club shares successes
Velocity is truly blessed! We
have been practicing for four
weeks and to my knowledge,
none of our athletes or parents
became ill from COVID-19.
Thank you, Lord for the blessings,
and may he continue to
I’m pleased with the progress
the team is making. During
the four weeks of practice,
we had four time trials at Van
Cortland Park. The freshman
course was approximately
1500 meters with a hill. On Saturday,
August 1, we had 20 athletes
participate in the time
trial. This was one of the athlete’s
fi rst-time trial. During
the trials, 14 out of the 19 athletes
broke their personal record
(PR) — that is awesome!
The following athletes
broke their PR by 20 seconds
• Madison .29
• Kenise .21
• Dakota .29
• Bryce .24
• Pierce .24
• Julian .30
• Romel .21
The full results will be
available on velocitytrack.org.
Plus, we had our fi rst athlete
join the fi ve-minute club
running the course. Julian
ran the course in 5:35. Joining
Saniah C, Pierce and Sachin
in our six-minute club is
Kenise. In our 7-minute club is
Shyenne, Ryann, Savanna M.
Kaylin, Sania G, Talia, Rakae,
Adonijah, Steven, Justice, Kenia
BRONX TIMES R 22 EPORTER, AUGUST 7-13, 2020 BTR
and Romel. Great job!
Congratulations to all the
athletes competing in the
USATF Youth Virtual Summer
Challenge. They all performed
well for only practicing
on a track for four weeks.
The results of the challenge
are as follows:
Karly fi nished in third
place in the one mile race walk
and turbo javelin.
Lyon fi nished in third place
in the 200 meter and fourth in
the 100 meter.
Kaylin fi nished in fourth
place in the 200 meter and
eighth in 100 meter.
Savannah M. placed fi fth in
the 200 meter and sixth in the
Tiarra placed second in the
one mile race walk and eighth
Adonijah fi nished third
in the one mile race walk and
eighth in 800 meter.
Talia placed third in the
200 meter and fi fth in the
Saniah C. fi nished in second
place in the 400 meter and
fi fth in the 800 meter.
Romel was in fourth place
in the 400 meter and sixth in
the 800 meter.
Pierce was in fi fth place
in the 800 meter and sixth in
Julian placed ninth in
the 800 meter and 10th in the
Coach Gordon at practice on his birthday with athletes and parents. Photo courtesy of Velocity Track Club New York
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Summer Heat in the City
NYC Department for the
Older New Yorkers find respite from
the heat at Grand Street Settlement
Neighborhood Senior Center when open as
a cooling center.