What 10 year-old runner would not want to run on one of the fastest indoor tracks on the East Coast? As a young runner, who would not want to measure against some of the state’s best youth runners? And who would not want to race at the track facilities of prestigious Yale University, where some of the best college and high school runners compete? It was our son’s dream come true, and as the day of the meet approached, the excitement built. To be able to represent the New Canaan Running Club in its inaugural race in the red, white and black team colors only added to the importance of the event.
The 2012 Connecticut Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships were held on Sunday, March 18 at Yale University, New Haven. This was a USATF-sanctioned, youth indoor track meet that allows young runners to compete in two-year age brackets (like the Junior Olympics) in a series of events from the 60 meter dash to the 1500 meter run. Because the New Canaan Running Club just started its Spring track session, and the meet occured during the first week of practice, our son was the only NCRC member who participated.
Our son enjoyed the opportunity to run in a world-class facility on a banked, indoor track, and he proudly represented the New Canaan Running Club in the 1500 meters and 800 meters. Conditions were challenging, with midget (10-11) and youth boys (12-13) in the same heats, so he ran in a couple of fast, crowded and physical races. He placed 5th in both races in the boys midget age group, with a 6:06 PR in the 1500 and a 3:08 PR in the 800, good for 8 points and a couple of medals for the New Canaan Running Club (top six places score in a meet).
This was an experience that will last a lifetime, and for a young athlete an important milestone as he/she learns and develops physically, mentally and emotionally.
Coxe Cage at Yale University is a world-class indoor track facility with a banked 200m track
At the start of the 1500m race
Running in a pack with little room to pass
Fast finish in the 1500m and a 6:06 PR
Challenging a couple of New Haven runners in the 800m
Nice finish in the 800m with another PR of 3:08
Cooldown with older brother and sharing race experiences from the day
Proud to earn medals in both 1500m and 800m