Velocity’s Future shines bright
BY WINSTON DINKINS
Happy New Year! Let’s toast
to yesterday’s achievements
and tomorrow’s bright future!
Through all the ups and down,
Velocity Track Club (VTC) future
looks bright. We have a
new group of hard-working
young athletes that love the
team, and we love them.
On Sunday, Dec. 19, Velocity
Track Club had some athletes
traveled to New Jersey to compete
in the NJ-AAU Jersey City
Recreational Development Series
Meet No. 2 and some went
to the Armory Youth Solstice by
NYRR at The Armory in Fort
Washington NY. Both meets
At the NJ-AAU Meet, awards
were giving to the top six athletes
in their event/gender. VTC
were blessed with six awards.
The following athletes earned
awards: Brianna Burrell fi nished
third in the 200 meters
and fourth in 400 meters. Savannah
Blake placed sixth in
the 200 meters. Romel Barrett
fi nished fi rst in the 800 meters
and second in the 1500 meters;
Shyenne Blake fi nished fourth
in the 400 meters.
At the Armory Youth Solstice
by NYRR, awards were
giving to the top three athletes
in their event/gender. VTC was
blessed with three medals. The
following athletes earned medals:
Kenese Irish-Bramble fi nished
third in the 800 meters,
Sania Grant fi nished second in
the triple jump and Steven Monegro
in the 200 meters. Congratulations
VTC had to take a break
from meets and training due to
COVID. We had several athletes
and adults diagnose with COVID.
They all had mild symptoms
and doing well. We are
currently back with all athletes
that can show a negative COVID
test. Please keep us in your
Velocity Track Club New
York is a 501C3 non-for profi t.
One hundred percent of your
donation will go towards helping
our children. Support your
youth, so they can continue to
do wonderful things. For additional
information, please go to
our web site velocitytrack.org
or contact me, Coach Winston
Dinkins at 914-441-6196 or email
Monsignor Scanlan High School at the Bishop Loughlin Games sporting their awards. Photo courtesy Winston
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Scanlan Girls track closes out season
BY WINSTON DINKINS
Happy New Year to all. The blessings
continue to fl ow at Monsignor
Scanlan High School. On Sunday, Dec.
19, Monsignor Scanlan High School’s
Girls Track Team closed out the 2021
indoor season on a high and low (Low,
our top 400-meter runner, Talia Dixon
strained her hamstring) at the 67th Annual
Bishop Loughlin Games at the
Ocean Breeze Facility in Staten Island,
New York. It felt like a national championship.
Charter buses arriving from
as far as Philadelphia and Maryland.
Many teams from New York, New Jersey
and Rhode Island were in attendance.
This was the fi rst time our athletes
looked nervous. However, that
didn’t stop them from performing their
Awards were giving to the top six
athletes in their event/division. The
following freshman events were contested:
55 meters; 55-meter hurdles; 300
meters; 600 meters; shot put; high jump;
long jump; 1000 meters and 4×400-meter
relay. The Crusaders earned 10 medals
— six Gold, two Silver, one Bronze and
one fourth-place medal — and a plaque.
The following student-athletes earned
medals: Dakota Hickman won the high
jump and took second in the 55 meters.
Kimaris Hickman took third in the 55
meters. Rakae Thomas took fourth in
the 300 meters. Candice Palmer won
the 600 meters. Saniah Caldwell took
second in the long jump. Plus, the freshman
girls won the 4×400-meter relay
and was awarded medals and a plaque.
Our next meet is on Sunday, Jan. 2,
the CHSAA Jr. Weight & Novice Championship
at the Ocean Breeze Facility.
Monsignor Scanlan High School at the Bishop Loughlin Games sporting their awards. Photo courtesy Winston Dinkins