Napa Track Club standouts shine in competition for top national honors

Napa Track Club standouts shine in competition for top national honors

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Sixteen members from the Napa Track Club participated in USA Track & Field’s Pacific Association Youth Championships. The two-day meet featured age based competition for boys and girls ages 18 and under.

The local contingent of athletes won seven event titles and collected a total of 21 medals. Many of the athletes recorded personal records, and several qualified for the Youth National Championships.

The club’s youngest member, 10-year-old Donna Roscoe, continued her string of victories and personal records in the 1,500-meter racewalk. Her time of 9:28.88 is the fastest in the nation in 2009 for her age group.

Stanford-bound Kevin Cardey also had an impressive day, capturing medals in four events. After missing most of his senior season with a hamstring injury, his return to action featured victories in the javelin and long jump and second-place finishes in the 400 meters and the high jump. His javelin toss of 133-7 was a personal best.

Napa’s athletes once again had a strong showing in the high jump. Megan Zoller and Lauren Cardey each captured first-place medals in their respective division. Zoller added a second-place finish in the 400 hurdles, while Cardey raced to a fourth-place finish in the 200 and took home the sixth-place medal in the long jump.

The boys high jump was highlighted by the performances of Chris Bozzini and Brendan Cardey. The seventh-graders both cleared 5-13⁄4 and shared the victory in the youth boys division. The mark was a personal best for both 13 year-olds and also surpassed the qualifying standards for the Youth National Championships.

Cardey had previously qualified for the Youth Championships in the javelin. He improved upon that mark with a personal best throw of 134-9, which was good for a second-place finish.

Also taking home medals in the high jump were Kate Bozzini (second) and Jared Reich (sixth).

Napa’s final event crown came in the intermediate girls triple jump, where the gold medal was claimed by Jennifer Cardey. She also picked up the fifth-place medal in the long jump competition.

Claire Miller had another impressive outing. She had previously qualified for the national championships in both the javelin and the triple jump, and set personal bests in both events during this meet. Her throw of 93-0 and leap of 32-21⁄2 each were good for second place and captured silver medals.

Ashley Augustus took home the fifth-place medal in the 3,000-meter run, shaving nearly 20 seconds off her previous personal best and recording a time of 11:22.94.

The club’s final medalist was Eric Zoller, who claimed the fifth spot in the 200.

Personal records in the 1,500 run were recorded by Sophia Marseilles (6:02.22), Taylor Hollabaugh (5:24) and Augustus (5:15.73).

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