Written by Coach Joe

December 20, 2022

Binky, 2COs, Jessica, Tuffy              JDub, Jumpin’ John, Reesed Lightning, Twodens   Riley “Riles” Cusick      Brad “Big Brad” Lynch

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Dynamic warm-up                                               55 Meter Dash Heats: 1. JDub 4th  2: Twodens 2nd 3. Ethan Clarke 3rd 6. Tuffy 2nd  7. Anish 1st 

NEW YORK CITY – The Merrell Noden Track Club kicked off the 2022-2023 Indoor Season with an impressive showing at the Armory Youth Winter Solstice Invitational. Nineteen MNTC athletes racked up 25 Personal Records, 21 All-Time MNTC Top Ten performances, and 4 MNTC records while winning 8 medals – 4 Gold, 1 Silver, and 3 Bronze. Here are some highlights. In the 55 Meter Dash, the first event of the day, MNTC newcomer Josh Moore blazed to a time of 7.12 seconds, good enough for the Gold Medal in the 13-14 Age Division. Two heats later, Caleb “Twodens” Park stopped the clock at 7.10 seconds, breaking the MNTC record by one-hundredth of a second and copping the Bronze Medal in the 15-16 Division. In the 200 Meter Dash Twodens zipped once around the Armory oval and his time of 24.57 gave him another MNTC record and another Bronze Medal. He was followed across the finish line by Jin “JDub” Watanabe and John “Jumpin’ John” Manning who posted times of 24.926 and 24.929, respectively. Over at the Long Jump pit, the versatile Jumpin’ John broke his own MNTC record with a leap of 17′ 3.87″. The fourth new record established at the meet came via the 4×200 meter relay team of JDub, Jumpin’ John, Reese “Reesed Lightning” Bienstock, and Twodens who sped to a time of 1:40.26 on their way to the Gold Medal in the 17-18 Division. Our quartet in the Boys 15-16 4×200 Relay, Cooper “Nooch” Antonucci, Davis Hood, Jayden “Haynesy” Haynes, and Josh Moore, finished in 1:44.80, good enough for the Bronze Medal. On the Girls’ side, Ariel “Tuffy” Sharp, Jessica Onwuka, Coco “2COs” Sagoo-Jones, and Rachel “Binky” Fine copped the Bronze Medal in the 15-16 Division 4×200 Relay. 2COs also blazed to a time of 8.42 in the 55, No.6 All-Time MNTC, and 29.73 in the 200, No. 5 All-Time MNTC. Tuffy’s 8.93 in the 55 Dash earned her the No. 10 spot on MNTC’s All-Time list. Below is an accounting of the performances that moved onto the MNTC All-Time Top Ten Lists.

GIRLS 55 METER DASH: SAGOO-JONES: 8.42, No.6, SHARP: 8.93, No. 10  BOYS 55 METER DASH: PARK: 7.10, New Record, MOORE: 7.12, No. 3, ANISH SAXENA: 7.62, No. 9 GIRLS 200 METER DASH: SAGOO-JONES: 29.73, No. 5  BOYS 200 METER DASH: PARK: 24.57, New Record, WATANABE: 24.926, No. 2, MANNING: 24.929, No. 3, BIENSTOCK: 25.17, No. 5, HAYNES: 25.76, No. 8, MOORE: 25.93, No. 9 BOYS 800 METER RUN: CUSICK: 2:21.17, No. 2, SHERLOCK: 2:27.93, No. 6, BRADY: 2:32.11, No. 7, CUITE: 2:38.61, No. 8 BOYS MILE: LYNCH: 7:20.86, No. 4 BOYS LONG JUMP: MANNING 17′ 3.87″, New Record  GIRLS 4×200 METER RELAY: 2:06.69, No. 6 BOYS 4×200 METER RELAY: 1:40.26 New Record, 1:44.80, No. 5

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